COVID-19 & West Virginia Work Force Claims

By March 31, 2020May 1st, 2020COVID-19

West Virginia Work Force advised that employers may need to complete an “Initial Claims/Low Earnings Report” for associates depending on associate’s current work situations.

If an associate is full-time and experiences reduced hours, the employer does need to complete the form and provide it to the associate. However, if the associate is full-time and completely laid off, the employer does not need to complete this form. If the associate is a part-time associate, the employer does not need to complete this form – no matter the circumstance of hours.

Please review the attached example of an “Initial Claims/Low Earnings Report.”

Earnings Report Example

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Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

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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