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 RAFraud@state.sd.us 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 http://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.