Top Takeaways from Unemployment Deep Dive 2.0
Nebraska Chamber Vice President & General Counsel Ron Sedlacek hosts a second Deep Dive on COVID-19 unemployment programs. With federal relief programs in full swing, Nebraska Labor Commissioner John Albin and Nebraska Department of Labor General Counsel Katie Thurber give an overview of where the Nebraska system stands and how the process has been made simpler for COVID-19 filings. The program is being provided publicly for the benefit of all Nebraska businesses.The Nebraska Chamber hosted Commissioner of Labor John Albin and Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) General Counsel Katie Thurber for an Unemployment Deep Dive [Watch Video] on April 15, 2020. An overview was provided regarding where the Nebraska system stands and how the process has been made simpler for COVID-19 filings.
All the CARES Act programs are funded by the federal government, which helps maintain the Nebraska trust fund. Visit the Nebraska Chamber Comparison of COVID-19 Unemployment Programs to Learn More.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation provides most individuals an emergency increase in traditional unemployment insurance benefits of $600 per week through July 25, 2020. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to people not otherwise eligible, such as the self-employed. And, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance for people who have exhausted their traditional unemployment benefits.
The Short-Time Compensation program allows employers to reduce employee work requirements, secure unemployment benefits, yet still retain their workforce when the economy recovers. Visit dol.nebraska.gov/stc to learn more.
TOP 5 Highlights
- Claims are non-charge to employers. Claims can be filed for both illness and other reasons related to COVID-19, both in traditional and Short-Time Compensation (STC) programs.
- Flexibility is key. No one-week waiting period for benefits and a waiver of work search requirements. STC plans are adjustable, and 10-day deadlines are relaxed on employer separation of employment forms.
- When in doubt – apply. NDOL evaluates each application and funnels eligible individuals into the appropriate benefit programs. Visit neworks.nebraska.gov to apply.
- Don't quit that job. Without a doctor's note, quitting a job or refusing an offer to return to work due to COVID-19 makes individuals ineligible for benefits. Audits and other measures will ensure compliance.
- Declining reemployment may be quitting. As long as employers offer the same or comparable position to an employee, declining the offer will be treated as quitting and make the employee ineligible for further unemployment benefits. Questions about refusals to accept can be directed to Andi Bridgmon (402.471.4474, Andi.Bridgmon@nebraska.gov)