The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) assists employers and agents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the COVID-19 Employer FAQs at www.unemployment.in.gov.
Also, the DWD advises that if an employer plans to lay off associates, employers have a legal obligation to provide unemployment benefits information to associates at the time of separation. At minimum, the DWD recommends that employers provide the below message to their associates:
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who are unemployed and who meet the requirements of state UI eligibility laws. You may file a UI claim in the first week that employment stops or work hours are reduced.
For assistance or more information about filing a UI claim (or questions about the status of your UI claim once filed), visit https://www.unemployment.in.gov. You will need to provide the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with the following information for the state to process your claim:
- A valid email account – your email address will become your Uplink Username.
- Driver’s license or valid ID, address, Social Security number, date of birth and phone number.
- Last employer’s name, mailing address, phone number, dates of employment and reason you are unemployed.
- Bank routing number and account number if choosing direct deposit as your payment option (NOTE: Key2Benefits prepaid MasterCard® is also available).
Employers can provide their associates the above posting as a letter, email, text message, or flyer/poster. Employers can also download a UI brochure for their associates here.
And finally, as a reminder, unemployment benefits should be filed online, through a computer or smart phone. The DWD has set up a telephone application but the best and fastest way to apply is an online application. The DWD also states that employers can assist their associates by letting them file from a business computer if possible.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at http://covid19.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.