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Employers will experience changes regarding benefits charging and employer filed claims beginning June 27, 2021. During the pandemic, contributory employers were relieved of unemployment benefit charges for claims filed for individuals who were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. Effective June 27, 2021, the relief for unemployment benefit charging will end regardless of the reason for unemployment. Unemployment benefits paid for weeks ending on or after June 27, 2021, will be charged to the most recent employer under the law section OCGA 34-8-43. Employers will only be allowed to submit six consecutive weeks of partial claims with no earnings. Individuals that are unemployed more than six consecutive weeks will be considered to be separated and subsequent claims filed will not be processed or paid. In such cases, employers are encouraged to convert claims from partial claims to individuals-filed claims to allow the individuals to request their own weekly benefits and report gross earnings if they work.
The Employer Newsletter includes critical information for employers regarding unemployment and reemployment services.
The GDOL is currently investigating several fraudulent attempts to compromise claimant information.
To better serve our claimants and prevent Unemployment Insurance fraud, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is partnering with ID.me to verify claimant identification.
If a claimant's benefit year ends, he/she will need to file a new claim. A benefit year is the 52-week period beginning on the Sunday of the week a new claim is filed.
Added and Amended rules and certification of rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on March 23, 2021.
Unemployment compensation is taxable income and must be reported each year even if you have repaid some or all of the benefits received.
Updated and Amended rules and certification of rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on February 4, 2021.
The 2021 Annual Tax Rate Notices, DOL-626, and Voluntary Contribution, DOL-626A and DOL626B, are now available on the Employer Portal. Employers who are not registered to use the Employer Portal can do so by selecting the Employer Portal link found under Online Services. Employers can download the Administrator Guide from the Employer Portal login page for instructions on completing the registration.
Federal law requires the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) to provide an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099-G to anyone who was issued UI benefits in calendar year 2020, even if the UI benefits were returned or repaid to the GDOL. IRS Form 1099-G displays the total amount of UI benefits issued, as well as withholdings for state and federal income taxes, if applicable.