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COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefit

Dear Clients:

We understand that many of our clients are becoming inevitable to lay off employees or deduce their work hours due to COVID-19 crisis, and employees apply for unemployment insurance benefit. We would like to guide you on how to handle the situation.

Usually, unemployment benefit is requested in following steps:

  1. Employer notifies employee about the changes in employment (lay-off / reduced hours)

  2. The employee submits application to Employment Security Department (ESD)

  3. ESD contacts employer confirming the reason for layoff

  4. ESD makes decision on providing unemployment benefit

Upon employee’s separation from work, please make sure the following:

  1. If the layoff is temporary or permanent

    a. If temporary, please let employee know approximately when you expect the employee to return to work.

  2. If reduced hours, make sure of the number of hours reduced.

  3. Reason for separation. The following two are the most common in current circumstance:

    a. Lack of Work

    b. Business Closure

The above will guide your employees to apply for unemployment benefit properly.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

Thank you,

SKJ & Company, P.S.