If your employees were laid off due to the public health emergency declared by Executive Order 72 and filed initial unemployment claims for weeks after May 16, 2020, you may qualify for relief of Unemployment Insurance benefit charging.
When you receive a Separation Notice (UCB-16) for an employee, and the reason they are off work is due to COVID-19, you will need to submit Form UCB-18823-E to request relief of charging. (Note: Do not submit this form with your Separation Notice response).
Employers should submit forms within 30 days after the initial claim is filed to ensure timely processing. Emergency Rule 2044 sets a deadline of the latter of February 19, 2021 or 30 days after receiving notification of the claim.
UI is not requiring the employer to file the UCB-18823-E Relief of Charging Due To Public Health Emergency form in order to receive charging relief for employees laid off and filing initial claims during the weeks of the Governor's Executive Order 72, March 15 to May 16, 2020.
The department anticipates that the charging relief will take many months to complete for all employers because it is a manual process.
The department promulgated an emergency rule to ensure that benefit charges and adjustments for March 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020 will not affect employer contribution rates for 2021, even if the charging relief is not processed for each employer's account.