Iowa Governor Announces Help for Small Business Impacted by COVID-19

Date: March 17, 2020

State Assistance During COVID-19

 

Governor Reynolds announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19.  The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers.

The Governor said the state is doing everything it can to ease the process and shorten the time it will take Iowans to get unemployment and employers who have had to layoff workers. 

Iowa Workforce Development officials said they are trying to reduce the impact of claims on small business and is encouraging small business owners to utilize paid leave and telework options, if possible, for their employees. 

 

Unemployment insurance claims:

  • If you are laid off due to COVID-19 or have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family members or due to illness related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.  Those requirements essentially include working for wages from an employer who claims you as an employee in six of the last eighteen months and have earned at least $2,500 in the same time period. More specific explanation of benefit eligibility can be found here.
  • Claimants can expect to receive payment within 7-10 days after the date the claim is filed.
  • Claims that are filed and identified as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19, will not be charged to employers.  Fact-finding interviews for these claims will be waived and not be held although employers will be notified of claims received. 
  • IWD will process unemployment insurance payments to ensure payment will continue to be paid in a timely manner. 

For more information, click here. Updates will be released as they become available.

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