Missouri Unemployment Resources
The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. To participate, an employer must complete an application for the affected unit within the company, and submit it to the Division of Employment Security (DES) for approval. https://labor.mo.gov/shared-work
The Electronic Mass Claims Filing System is designed to assist employers and their employees during a temporary mass layoff. Employee information provided by the employer, allows the Division of Employment Security (DES) to file an initial or renewed unemployment claim on behalf of employees quickly and efficiently. Once the new or renewed claim is filed, the employee will be responsible for filing weekly unemployment certifications using UInteract. As part of the mass claims filing, a recall date is entered for temporary layoffs, not to exceed eight weeks from the last day worked. The eligibility requirements for a mass claim are as follows: https://molabor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/282990-what-is-a-mass-claim
• The layoff must be due to a lack of work
• The layoff must be less than eight weeks in duration
Scott Sattler, EDFP
Missouri Begins Processing Claims for the Self-Employed and Others Ineligible for Regular Unemployment; Plans to Roll Out Program Next Week for Those That Have Exhausted Their Unemployment Benefits
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) is now processing unemployment claims for the self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and have been impacted by the coronavirus. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, those who qualify will be eligible for weekly benefit payments of between $133 and $320 per week plus a $600 federal supplement available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The federal guidelines provide the $600 federal supplement only applies to weeks that are payable from March 29, 2020, through July 25, 2020. These two programs are not regular unemployment insurance but are new, fully federally funded assistance programs. Both of these provisions have been enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.