The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that they will implement the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-05 and 20-12. With these orders, the state will relax the able and available requirement for those affected, waive the waiting week, make work searches optional, suspend in-person job counseling, and relax the interpretation of ‘good cause in connection with work’ for those receiving benefits during this pandemic. Also, the state triggered ‘on’ Extended Benefits (EB), a program that provides federal reimbursement for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. This program took effect on June 7, 2020 as the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the 5% threshold.
Moreover, the state noted that contributory employers will not be directly charged for separations between March 13, 2020 and the end of COVID-19, which is tentatively set for no later than December 31, 2020. The state will mutualize all benefit charges for contributory employers prior to assessing 2021 merit rates. Finally, all employers will continue to receive a monthly statement of benefits charges if associates collect benefits from base period wages. Benefit charges after June 30, 2020 will not affect the 2021 merit rates and will be removed separately, at a later date, prior to assessing merit rates for 2022.
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://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.