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Employer Filed Claims

Employers who have a temporary shutdown, are experiencing a slow or smaller workload than normal, or have temporary/seasonal work can request permission to file claims on their workers' behalf. These are called Employer Filed Claims.

You must provide this Notification of the Availability of Unemployment Insurance Benefits (PDF) to an employee upon separation from employment.

In response to the interest in Employer Filed Claims due to COVID-19, here are some materials to help guide you through the process.

For a general overview and questions related to COVID-19, view the Employer Filed Claim FAQ (PDF).

Ready to begin the process? Here are five helpful links:

  1. Login page for the Employer Self Service Portal.
  2. Username/password reset instructions.
  3. Video tutorial with step-by-step instructions for an Employer Filed Claim.
  4. PDF tutorial with step-by-step instructions for an Employer Filed Claim (PDF)
  5. Visit the Employer page to find more employer resources for unemployment insurance.

General Information about Employer Filed Claims
You are allowed to file up to six weeks for your affected employees. Your employees are exempt from work search requirements during those six weeks.

You are required to report any earnings the employee may have received from you or any other employer during the particular week filed. You also must submit an electronic file to our department each week you wish to file by using the Employer Self-Service Portal. The claim must be submitted after the week of layoff is over but within 14 days of the claim week ending date.

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