COVID-19 & the South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce

By April 24, 2020May 1st, 2020COVID-19

Many employers have experienced financial strain and were forced to furlough their employees as a result of COVID-19. Employers have also attempted to offset the financial impacts of furlough through voluntary COVID-19 support payments.

As a result, South Carolina’s governor issued the Executive Order 2020-22. This order allows employers to make COVID-19 support payments without these payments impacting employees’ ability to file for unemployment benefits.

Employers that wish to issue COVID-19 support payments must submit a plan to South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce at their website: All completed applications can be submitted to On completion and submission, employers can proceed with making COVID-19 support payments.

However, please be aware that the COVID-19 support payments must meet the following guidelines:

  1. The payment must be made in response to furloughing the employee.
    2.  The payment must be for services rendered by the employee in the past.
    3.  The employee (or the employee’s estate) must not be obligated to repay the payment under any circumstances.
    4.  The payment must not obligate the employee to perform or not perform any act in connection with the individual’s status as an employee.


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.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

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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