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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler recently released new guidelines unemployment filings and reemployment services. Information can be found on their website that pertains to the following:

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  • How to File an Unemployment Claim

  • How Employers File Partial Claims

  • Contact Points for Reemployment Service

  • Certification of Administrative Rules Filed with the Secretary of State on March 16, 2020

In response to the recent development of COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is temporarily suspending in-person requirements for services provided by the agency. In accordance with Governor Kemp’s recommendation, the GDOL is providing online access to unemployment services, partial claim access for employers, and other reemployment services.

Employers are required to file partial claims on behalf of their employees whenever it is necessary to temporarily reduce work hours or there is no work available for a short period. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse the GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Please note the following:

  • 1099 employees will not file claims

  • Partial claims are only for employers with a UI numbers.

  • Temp Agencies must file a partial for employees - the employer for temp workers will not file a partial claim.

  • If any employee has already filed a claim, please reach out to your employers to file a claim for you with an accurate effective date which will supersede your claim and allow for expedited filing.

A video tutorial for filing partial claims has bee provided by the GDOL and available on YouTube.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits.
 

  • Step 1: Individual files a regular state unemployment claim. A claimant will receive 2 emails - one stating that the claim was received and another stating the claim was processed.

  • Step 2: Individual receives a Benefits Determination letter, which shows if a claimant has enough wages to determine a valid regular state unemployment claim. If so, an individual receives a second determination letter (Claims Examiner’s Determination) informing the claimant if state benefits are approved or denied. 

  • Step 3: Starting April 22, 2020, individuals not eligible to receive state unemployment benefits will receive notification by email with a link to the application or mail containing information regarding the PUA application process.

  • Step 4: Individual will complete the PUA application and submit for processing. After this, the claimant will await determination of benefits based on verified wages. Once wages are verified, a weekly determination will be decided and the claimant will receive a PUA Benefits Determination letter in the mail stating the weekly benefit amount. An individual will also receive a PUA Claims Examiner’s Determination letter informing the claimant if benefits are approved or denied.

 
The PUA program will provide unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits. The GDOL modified its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA. These individuals must be determined not eligible for state benefits before being evaluated for federal PUA benefits. Once an applicant is deemed ineligible for state benefits, they will receive notification by email with a link to the application or mail containing information regarding the PUA application process. The new federal PUA program is still under development and must be built from scratch. Once complete, the program will allow verification of wages. Once the PUA application is received, the claimant will await determination of weekly federal benefits based on verified wages.  After wages are verified, a weekly determination will be decided and the claimant will receive a PUA Benefits Determinations letter in the mail stating the weekly federal benefit amount. If a claimant receives at least one dollar in federal PUA benefits, they will be eligible for the weekly $600 supplement that will be back paid from the implemented date of 4/4/2020. An individual will also receive a PUA Claims Examiner’s Determination letter informing the claimant if benefits are approved or denied.
 
The additional questions in the state unemployment application will help determine if applicants are qualified to receive federal PUA benefits. The GDOL is partnering with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), and, if given authorization by the applicant, will use information from the DOR to speed up the wage verification process.
 
If GDOL is unable to verify your wages with DOR, applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation to prove wages. The past wages used to establish your PUA claim may use income not normally covered by regular state unemployment, such as contract labor or self-employment earnings. Do not send this information unless it is specifically requested by the GDOL.
 
Acceptable Proof of Wages/Income Used for PUA Claims 

  • Proof of wages/income for the most recently completed tax year 2019

  • If you are an employee or 1099 independent contractor, you can send copies of pay stubs, earning statements, IRS Form W-2 or IRS Form 1099 and federal income tax Form 1040 and Schedule C, F, or SE.

  • If you are self-employed, you can send IRS Form 1040 and a copy of Schedule 1, 2, C, F or SE tax return.

Individuals who have already filed a claim with the GDOL and have been determined not eligible for state unemployment benefits, but may be potentially eligible to receive benefits under this program, do NOT have to refile a claim. These individuals will be identified once development of this program is completed and will receive notification by email with a link to the application or mail containing information regarding the PUA application process.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is working closely with state, federal and global partners to confront the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

***MISSION ALERT: GDEcD is supporting Governor Kemp’s call for Georgia Manufacturers and Distributors to help with critical health care supply needs. If your business that can provide, produce, distribute, store – or quickly be repurposed to create – items included in the list of vital projects in the following form, we ask you to complete and submit it as soon as possible: http://www.georgia.org/covid19response.***

GDEcD's website contains information on the Impact of COVID-19 on Georgia Business with industry specific information for the following:

GDEcD's guide for Governor Kemp's "Shelter in Place" order can be found here.

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to provide the small businesses of Georgia with vital information and assistance during this time of need. In addition to the details found on their page, they will be hosting 12 regional webinars to answer your questions and provide support.

The Georgia Small Business Recovery page has important information on the following topics:

In addition, they will be hosting a series of webinars over the coming weeks that will provide more details on these programs. You can view a list of currently available programs by visiting their website.

If you are unable to attend one of these Webinar, you can download a PDF of the presentation with details on each program by click here.

You can view a recording of their webinar here:

Message from GaMEP:

The GaMEP is closely monitoring the COVID-19/coronavirus situation. We are committed to you, our manufacturers, and our mission to serve manufacturers across Georgia. Our greatest concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and staff. As a Unit of Georgia Tech, we will continue to comply with its operational directives, and that of the University System of Georgia.

The GaMEP website provides links to webinars, a list of important websites, a variety of fact sheets for manufacturers, additional resources, and links to past webinars. The fact sheets include:

The Georgia Department of Revenue is automatically extending the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020. 

 

Vehicle registrations that expire between March 16, 2020 and May 14, 2020 are being extended through May 15, 2020.

The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID-19. They will continually update this page with information and resources pertaining to the Coronavirus.

The Georgia Chamber has released a COVID-19 Resource Center.

Healthcare Related Resources

This page contains updates from the Georgia Ports Authority about any disruptions in service that may occur due to COVID-19. Their latest update was March 30, 2020:

Georgia’s ports remain open for business! The GPA would like to thank our employees, the State of Georgia and many partners, including the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, stevedores, trucking community and river pilots for pulling together to keep our ports moving ahead full steam. Please know we appreciate this teamwork and the collective effort during this challenging time. Together we will sustain trade for our communities, our state and our nation.

Georgia Department of Public Health's daily status report includes information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to their organization as well as demographic information on the reported confirmed cases. A confirmed case is defined as a person who has tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus.

Georgia Department of Public Health Information

As of June 10, 2020

184 total cases in Catoosa

539 total cases in Whitfield

211 total cases in Walker

47 cases in Dade

127 total cases in Murray

Hamilton County, TN Health Department Information

As of June 10, 2020

Positive test results: 1,692

Disclaimer

The Catoosa County Chamber and Catoosa County Economic Development Authority seek to provide access to information, recommendations, regulations, services and expertise.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant.  Prior to acting, please consult your own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations.  The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Catoosa County Chamber and Catoosa County Economic Development Authority are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice.  The Catoosa County Chamber and Catoosa County Economic Development Authority make no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein.  Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Catoosa County Chamber and Catoosa County Economic Development Authority has no liability to the user.