Workforce Issues

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. On this page, we are compiling relevant tips and resources such as unemployment, paid family leave, paid sick leave, healthcare and more.

Human resources, Unemployment
Washington

WorkSource

Washington State WorkSource program

Finding a new job is never easy, but hiring the right talent can be equally tough. To make it easier, WorkSource has teamed up with Monster.com to create a powerful new job-match site that'll change the way employers and job seekers connect in Washington.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees

Unemployment
New York

New York State Department of Labor

New York Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal program that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI).

Audience: Employees

Employee relations, Human resources, Staying safe
National

Society for Human Resource Management - SHRM

How to Support Employees with High-Risk Concerns During a COVID-19 Outbreak

When conversations arise about COVID-19 concerns, HR professionals and managers can support their high-risk employees in three ways:

1. Allow flexibility when possible.

Be open to requests from employees for accommodations such as telecommuting and working from home if that is an option. A willingness to listen and discuss concerns is key.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Regular Unemployment Insurance

If you are unemployed and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, please apply for Regular Unemployment Insurance.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

If you are filing because of the CARES Act (a.k.a. Federal Stimulus Bill), e.g., because you’re self-employed, an independent contractor, or a worker with limited work history, you can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) online.

Audience: Employees, Self-employed

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

The Department began taking PEUC initial claims from those who have exhausted regular UI on June 24, 2020. PEUC is a temporary program that provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

Note: This program does not apply to individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Audience: Employees

Human resources, Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Work-Share Program

Work-Share avoids layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Unemployment Insurance

Assistance available for claimants, employers and service providers. 

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Self-employed

Human resources, Unemployment
Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Shared Work Program

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. 

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Missouri

MO Jobs

Employment Transition Team

The Employment Transition Team (ETT) is available at no cost to businesses and affected workers. As part of the ETT, a Regional Workforce Coordinator and local workforce system staff are available to provide guidance to you and reemployment services for your affected employees.  

Audience: Employees

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