Statement from DWD: CARES Act 04-02-2020
Additional COVID-19 Information for Indiana Employers
INDIANAPOLIS (April 6, 2020) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) would like to assist employers and agents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please review the COVID-19 Employer FAQs at www.unemployment.in.gov.
If you are laying off employees, please remember that you have a legal obligation to provide unemployment insurance benefits information to your employees at the time of separation from employment. Please provide the below message to your employees at a minimum:
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who are unemployed and who meet the requirements of state UI eligibility laws. You may file a UI claim in the first week that employment stops or work hours are reduced.
For assistance or more information about filing a UI claim (or questions about the status of your UI claim once filed), visit www.unemployment.in.gov. You will need to provide the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) with the following information in order for the state to process your claim:
- A valid email account – your email address will become your Uplink Username.
- Driver’s license or valid ID, address, Social Security number, date of birth and phone number.
- Last employer’s name, mailing address, phone number, dates of employment and reason you are unemployed.
- Bank routing number and account number if choosing direct deposit as your payment option (NOTE: Key2Benefits prepaid MasterCard® is also available).
The above notice can be provided to your employees as a letter, email, text message, or flyer/poster. Additionally, click here to download a UI brochure to send to your employees.
As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are filed online, through a computer or smartphone. DWD is standing up a telephone application but the best and quickest way to apply is online, via a computer, tablet or smartphone.
To date, no states have begun issuing the additional $600 unemployment insurance benefits under the CARES Act, as states await further instructions from the U.S. Department of Labor.
In Indiana, the benefit will be retroactive to March 29, 2020, for qualifying Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development, as with other states, continues to await guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement the additional weekly unemployment insurance benefit under the CARES Act. As of Friday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor has not issued guidance on payments under the CARES Act.
Indiana DWD officials anticipate guidance from the U.S. DOL in the coming days and will act quickly to begin implementation.