Be prepared to assist your employees in the event of a layoff or disruption to their schedule.
The Missouri Department of Labor has updated guidance for employees facing unemployment including answers to questions regarding eligibility, shared work programs, and mass filing claims in response to Covid-19 as well as general information about unemployment, workers compensation and discrimination.
The Employment Transition Team can serve as a guide for business owners as well as staff to help connect laid-off employees with jobs.
Missouri One Start is helping essential businesses staff up to meet demand.
Workers needing emergency assistance with housing, healthcare, employment, food, childcare, legal assistance, transportation, disability assistance or other critical needs as a result of Covid-19 can access resources through the United Way 2-1-1 Resource Directory.
A coalition of charitable, business, and government partners have joined together to create the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to collect donations to make grants to nonprofit organizations supporting the Kansas City region's most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Filing for unemployment may be an option. The CARES Act includes a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program through Dec. 31, 2020, to provide payment to workers who are not traditionally eligible for unemployment such as the self-employed or independent contractors (including so-called gig economy workers), who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
Apply through your state unemployment office:
The U.S. Department of Labor, working collaboratively with the states, offers three specific programs:
For those workers not typically eligible for UI, such as gig workers, and expanded UI benefits. PUA provides benefits for eligible individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for UI benefits under state or federal law. To be eligible, among other requirements, individuals must demonstrate that they are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of COVID-19 related reasons.
Under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, eligible individuals who are collecting certain UI benefits, including regular unemployment compensation, will receive an additional $600 in federal benefits per week for weeks of unemployment ending on or before July 31, 2020.
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program allows those who have exhausted benefits under regular unemployment compensation or other programs to receive up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. States must offer flexibility in meeting PEUC eligibility requirements related to “actively seeking work” if an applicant’s ability to do so is impacted by COVID-19.
If you or your staff are not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
In the event of a disaster, the affected state will publish announcements about the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance. To file a claim, individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of the disaster should contact their State Unemployment Insurance Agency.