Pennsylvania has enacted legislation (House Bill 68) that eases unemployment eligibility rules and requires employers to provide employees with an unemployment notice. House Bill 68 takes effect immediately.
House Bill 68 eases unemployment compensation eligibility requirements for employees who become unemployed due to COVID-19.
House Bill 68 waives the one-week waiting period and requirement for employees to actively look for work for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declared by the Governor. Employees must still meet certain other conditions in order to qualify.
Where permitted by federal law, an employer's unemployment account will not be charged if employees are filing unemployment claims for certain reasons related to COVID-19.
When an employee separates from an employer, the employer must provide the employee with a notice containing the following information:
· Employees may be eligible for unemployment payments;
· That information on filing unemployment claims may be found on the state's website or by calling the Department: (888) 313-7284;
· Employees will need to provide information such as their full legal name, social security number, and work authorization (if not a U.S. citizen or resident); and
· Employees may file unemployment claims during the first week that their employment ends, or their hours are reduced.
Note: The employer notice requirement will be required beyond the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pennsylvania employers should review and adjust their policies and procedures to ensure compliance with House Bill 68. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.