By March 27, 2020July 6th, 2020COVID-19

School employees across the state of South Dakota with suspended pay due to coronavirus-related closures are now eligible to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits (also called reemployment assistance). The Labor and Regulation (DLR) department has announced that during this time of crisis, the requirement of eligible recipients to actively seek work while receiving benefits is being waived.

It is important to note that those employees receiving paid sick leave or vacation are not in this group of eligible recipients and that claims are being reviewed on a case by case basis. Those not sure if they meet the criteria can visit as a guide that provides potential scenarios for eligibility.  Workers are asked to file claims by visiting this website: Those without internet may call the following number for assistance with filing their claim: 605-626-2452.

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 Our office will be monitoring COVID-19 updates closely and will be sending out additional announcements on our website as we become aware of new development:


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Mike Parker

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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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