The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation advises that associates placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances. Employers should use the Employer Reporting Refusal of Suitable Work form to report associates who refuse to return to work without good reason or quit their jobs. These forms can be emailed to RAFraud@state.sd.us. The CARES Act specifically cites serious consequences for fraudulent cases and individuals are responsible for paying back benefits deemed as overpayments due to ineligibility. More information on work refusals can be found on the state’s website: https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/individuals/refusal_to_work.aspx.
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.