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 https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/publications/ra_covid_19_eligibility_determinations.pdf as a guide that provides potential scenarios for eligibility. Workers are asked to file claims by visiting this website: www.raclaims.sd.gob. Those without internet may call the following number for assistance with filing their claim: 605-626-2452.
For more information on this topic, click https://dlr.sd.gov
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: http://covid19.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.