COVID-19 & the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation’s Stance on Job Refusals

By June 27, 2020August 7th, 2020COVID-19

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 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:


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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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