Employer and Employee Unemployment Claim Assistance Available

March 19, 2020

On Monday, Gov. Reynolds announced assistance for those employers and employees who are dealing with unemployment claims related directly or indirectly to the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is advised you read the release for full details, but here are the key points:

  • If you are laid off due to COVID-19 or have to stay home to self-isolate, care for family members or due to illness related to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Claims that are filed and identified as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19 will not be charged to employers. Fact-finding interviews for these claims will be waived and not be held although employers will be notified of claims received.
  • Those seeking to file for unemployment can do so here.
  • If you have COVID-19 related questions for Iowa Workforce Development, you can contact them via email here.