COVID-19 & Unemployment Hearings

By March 20, 2020May 1st, 2020COVID-19

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Like us, the State Workforce Agencies (SWA’s) are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on their business and their staff. To this end, states have started making changes to the way they hold unemployment hearings. Information is coming in daily on the changes, and we will be sending updated bulletins regularly to record any changes that we have been notified of and the potential impact to your upcoming hearings.

We will continue to update this bulletin to advise of any additional changes in the unemployment hearing process related to COVID-19.

STATE HEARINGS STATUS COVID-19 IMPACT EFFECTIVE DATES ACTIONS UPDATED
CA Telephone Only All currently scheduled IN-PERSON hearings will be switched to a telephone hearing. All hearings scheduled after 3/11 will be scheduled by phone. No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled. Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to obtain the call-in information and will send call-in information to you. 11-Mar-20
CT Telephone Only All currently scheduled IN-PERSON hearings will be switched to a telephone hearing. All hearings scheduled after 3/12 will be scheduled by phone. No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled. Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to request a telephone hearing and will send call-in information to you. 12-Mar-20
DC Telephone or Postponed Many hearings will be switched over to telephone hearings. In certain circumstances, the hearing may be postponed to a later date. As of 3/18/2020 Your representative will continue to reach out to the appeals office to get the status (switch to phone or postponed). If switched to telephone, they will request the call-in instructions be emailed. 20-Mar-20
KS Postponed All hearings scheduled between March 23 and April 3, 2020 have been postponed due to the state offices being closed. March 23 – April 3, 2020 All hearings will be rescheduled. 19-Mar-20
NH Telephone Only All hearings have been converted to telephone hearings for the foreseeable future. No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled. Witness information and documentation should be faxed to the fax number on the hearing notice. 20-Mar-20
NY Postponed All hearings scheduled through March 31, 2020 have been postponed. March 19 – March 31, 2020 All hearings will be rescheduled. 19-Mar-20
PA Postponed All hearings scheduled between March 17 and March 31, 2020 have been postponed due to the state offices being closed. March 17-March 31, 2020 All hearings will be rescheduled. 16-Mar-20
RI Telephone Only All hearings will be switched to telephone hearings for the foreseeable future. No timeline on how long only telephone hearings will be scheduled. Your representative will call the state prior to the hearing to obtain the call-in information and will send call-in information to you. 20-Mar-20

 

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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