Update on Employer Filed Claims

The Employer Filed (Partial) Claims (EFC) system will be back online December 6, 2021, with enhanced security measures to ensure the validity of employer and claimant information used to determine eligibility. To prevent potential fraud and strengthen the integrity of our employer filed claims (partial) system, we are adding additional security requirements to our EFC process that mirror the requirements for individual claims. 

Recruiting During COVID: Must-See Webinar

Employers needing approaches and suggestions for overcoming their worker shortage, attracting new hires, and retaining them should watch this saved webinar.

ID.me

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.

PUA Proof Submittal

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.

Benefit Year End (BYE) Dates

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.

Notice of Adopted Rules, June 25, 2021

Adopted rules and certification of adopted rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on June 23, 2021.

Claim Conversion

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.

Employer Newsletter

The Employer Newsletter includes critical information for employers regarding unemployment and reemployment services.

Fraud Investigation

The GDOL is currently investigating several fraudulent attempts to compromise claimant information.

Notice of Amended Rules, March 23, 2021

Added and Amended rules and certification of rules filed with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on March 23, 2021.