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COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits part 1

Can your employees file for unemployment?  Can you lay off workers?  Should you lay off workers?  These are just a few questions you are probably hearing or thinking about, as we know more information we will be passing it along to you.   

We will be sharing FAQ's with you daily to keep you updated and informed.

We are starting with questions your employees may be asking you.    

Question 1: If I am off of work due to the coronavirus and am receiving pay such as paid sick leave, vacation pay or family medical leave pay, am I eligible to receive unemployment benefits?

 Answer: No. Generally speaking, an individual still receiving pay while off of work is not “unemployed” and is not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Question 2: If the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes an employer to shut down operations temporarily, will workers qualify for unemployment benefits?

Answer: Missouri unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer must shut down operations temporarily and no work is available, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary criteria and weekly eligibility criteria. Weekly work search requirements are waived if an employer provides an employee with a definitive recall date within eight weeks of the temporary lay-off. If the recall date changes but is within the initial eight weeks from the last day worked, the employee must contact a Regional Claims Center representative to update the recall date. An employer may apply for approval of an extended recall and work search waiver for employees of up to sixteen weeks. For more information about recall and extended work search waiver please visit 

Contact us today with any questions, we are happy to help.  

Posted Date: 2020-03-18

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