COVID-19 & South Dakota: Recall Dates & Work Refusals

By August 17, 2020COVID-19

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation advises that the waiver of the work search requirement ended on August 1, 2020. Individuals who wish to collect benefits must perform at least two work searches starting August 2, 2020. Please note that individuals who were laid off on a temporary basis with a recall date are exempt from performing work searches. Employers must provide the recall date to the state for their furloughed associates to be exempt from work search requirements. Employers can fill out the Employee Recall Date form or call the state’s customer service line at (605) 626-2452 if they have not provided or need to update a recall dates.

Also, individuals who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled will lose or not be eligible for benefits, with the exception of certain circumstances. Employers should report associates who refuse to return to work without good cause or who quit their jobs to as soon as 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 too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.



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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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