With restaurants and bars moving to drive-up or delivery, some jobs are being lost. The Georgia Department of Labor has stepped up with updates about filing claims and other news both those laid off and employees need to know. We also remain big fans of Career Depot when looking in Northwest Georgia.
What to do first? Start with the above YouTube video featuring Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and then see below.
Media release: In response to the recent development of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily suspending in-person requirements for services provided by the agency. In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recommendation, the GDOL is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and other reemployment services.
Employers are required to file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee.
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For the protection of employees and customers, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily closing its career centers to the public. The centers will remain open for employees to ensure the agency can support the needs of its customers and continue to process unemployment claims.
The GDOL is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and resources for other reemployment assistance. Without having to visit a local career center, resources can be found on the agency’s homepage at dol.georgia.gov
If a claimant does not have access to the internet, the GDOL is providing assistance for filing a claim by phone by contacting their local career center. Career center contact information can be found here. To file a claim via phone, claimants will need to expect lengthy wait times due to the time it takes to properly process the filing of a claim.
“Although we have made the decision to close career centers to the public,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “We are working around the clock to make sure we are able to continue to process unemployment claims and make sure Georgians continue to get paid.”
To avoid the traditional in-person process:
- Unemployment claims can be filed online (on a computer or smartphone) without reporting to a career center
- Employers are mandated to file partial claims online on behalf of temporarily laid off employees
- Reemployment support services can be accessed online
Please continue to monitor our website at dol.georgia.gov for any updates to these guidelines.
The Georgia Department of Labor strives to increase economic opportunity for all Georgians through strategic collaboration, innovative technology solutions, and cutting-edge workforce initiatives. It is our mission to Employ Georgia. For more information, visit dol.georgia.gov. To view the latest job listings in Georgia, visit employgeorgia.com.