The State of Iowa will provide assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19. Unemployment benefits are available.

  “Iowa Workforce Development is taking steps to reduce the impact of these claims on employers who have had to temporarily lay off staff due to closures or slowdowns,” said IWD Director Beth Townsend. “IWD encourages all employers to utilize paid leave and telework options for employees before utilizing temporary layoffs.”

  If you are laid off due to COVID-19, 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. Those requirements include working for wages from an employer who claims you as an employee in six of the last eighteen months and have earned at least $2,500 in the same time period.

  A more specific explanation of benefit eligibility can be found at: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov.

  Claimants can expect to receive payment within 7-10 days after the date the claim is filed.

  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.

  “The Iowa Workforce Development team is dedicated to providing assistance to employees and employers affected by COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance at 866-239-0843,” said Director Townsend.