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Georgia DOL Implements Two Emergency Rules Affecting Partial Unemployment Claims

As discussed in our previous article, the Georgia Department of Labor (Georgia DOL) has implemented an emergency rule that requires Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time or part-time) works less than his or her regular full-time or part-time schedule due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

On March 26, 2020, the Georgia DOL implemented two additional emergency rules that affect partial unemployment claims during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

First, for claims filed on or after March 29, 2020, an otherwise eligible individual shall be paid the weekly benefit amount, less gross earnings in excess of $300 payable to the individual, applicable to the week for which benefits are claimed. Earnings of $300 or less will not affect entitlement to benefits. In other words, the Georgia DOL is now only deducting earnings above $300 (per week) from the weekly benefit amount for eligible employees.

Second, for claims filed on or after March 14, 2020, the Georgia DOL has extended the maximum benefits payable to an individual from 14 weeks total to 26 weeks total.

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Luke Donohue, Ogletree Deakins, Legal Compliance Lawyer, Equal Pay Act attorney

Luke Donohue represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including matters brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and other federal and state laws. He also represents employers before various administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition, Mr. Donohue has experience reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and policies, focusing...

Amie M. Willis Employment Law Attorney Atlanta GA Ogletree Deakins

Amie Willis has practiced law since 1996 and joined Ogletree in 2009. 

She has gained extensive experience in employment matters representing employers across the country in a wide variety of industries, including school districts and municipalities, manufacturing, hospitality, technology and health care.  Since 2005, Amie has primarily represented large and small health care clients in New Mexico and Georgia.  While Amie provides client counseling and training on a wide variety of topics, she also litigates civil cases on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, and before the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau.


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