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Since the global pandemic first began, business in Georgia has been anything but usual. Now that the state has reopened, it is time to rebuild. At the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL), we understand that it's not business as usual and we are here to help! GDOL has heard from employers all across the state and we realize the struggles each of you are facing to fill job openings. Over the course of months, we have collected feedback from what’s working to recruit new hires, what’s not working, and how to sustain good employees! We do not simply want our Georgia employers to survive, we want you to THRIVE! We hope you will take time to join us in exploring and sharing some "Post-COVID Recruitment Strategies". Each training session is only an hour and a half, yet packed full of innovative approaches and suggestions for overcoming the worker shortage and attracting new hires.
The Continued Assistance Act of 2020 requires individuals who received Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits on or after December 27, 2020, to provide proof of employment/self-employment or a valid offer to begin employment and proof of wages. While PUA claimants were previously only required to provide proof of wages documentation, this new federal requirement to provide proof of employment documentation is a fraud prevention measure.
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.
Georgia Employment Security Law Rules 300-2-7-.06 states "Employers are required to complete Form DOL-800, "Separation Notice", for each worker separated regardless of the reason for separation (except when mass separation Form DOL-402 and Form DOL-402A notices are filed)."
Adopted rules and certification of adopted rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on June 23, 2021.
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.
Added and Amended rules and certification of rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on March 23, 2021.