Georgia Employers On the Hook
Georgia: Employers Must File Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims for Their Employees
On March 16, 2020, Georgia’s Department of Labor (the “Georgia DOL”) became the first state to adopt a rule that requires employers to file partial unemployment claims for any week during which an employee (full-time or part-time) has his or her hours reduced or eliminated due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Georgia law, partial unemployment claims apply to employees who will experience a reduction in hours or a temporary layoff. Employers must file partial unemployment claims online by visiting the Employer Portal, and must file partial claims for each weekly pay period during the temporary reduction/layoff.