We have previously informed you (click How to file ) that businesses need to report partial claims for unemployment. Since the GA DOL released this emergency order, not much else has been released. You must submit the claim after the week ending date. According to the information that we have right now, the website says:
“Employers are required to file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period . Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee.”
The Senate CARES Act adds that Employees that you have furloughed, temporarily laid off, or terminated will get an increase of $600 per week for 4 months and an additional 13 weeks from participating states under the Senate plan. I believe the current maximum GA unemployment benefit is $365 per week. Self-Employed individuals, independent contractors, and gig workers are eligible for unemployment under the federal program.
Basically, any reduction in hours requires you to complete the filing on a weekly basis. Better safe than sorry. The good news is that according to the emergency decree, if you file the partial claim and your employee gets unemployment benefits, it will NOT be charged against your Experience Rating Account. From Emergency Rule 300-2-3:
“In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the National Emergency declaration by President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020, and the Public Health State of Emergency declared by Governor Brian Kemp on March 14, 2020, under the authority of O.C.G.A. § 34-8- 93(b), in the determination of the Commissioner, the account of an employer may not be charged for certain benefits paid for unemployment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including benefits paid on partial claims filed online.”
Because if you do not file to report a partial claim, the employer may be liable for 100% of any unemployment benefits paid by the GA DOL and because if you do file, the payments will not go against your Experience Rating Account, we recommend that all employers file the report weekly.
If you permanently terminate an employee or they “walk-off” the job even if they are self-quarantining, the Employer does not file this with the GA DOL and the Employee must seek unemployment on their own.
If you lay employees off, you need to determine if they are still eligible for health insurance and other benefits.
We have previously attached instructions, but you can download them from the GA DOL website. You may also complete a spreadsheet and upload it to the GA DOL website. You may get the spreadsheet by clicking UI Template
The state will mail your Employees a PIN to use for setting up their direct deposits or to order a debit card.