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I have been laid off from work. How do I file for unemployment? (Updated April 6, 2020)
If you are laid off due to COVID-19 or 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. Work search requirements will be waived. More specific explanation of benefit eligibiity can be found on the Iowa Workforce Development's Unemployment Insurance Claimant Handbook. Claimants can expect to receive payment within 7-10 days after the claim is filed. Under the federal CARES Act, individuals who are already eligible for unemployment benefits, will receive $600 per week, in addition to their regular unemployment benefits. The first week a claimant can be compensated on this benefit is the week beginning March 29, 2020, and the last week is the week ending July 25, 2020.
- You may visit the Iowa Work Development's website to review eligibility guidelines for unemployment, application process, and updates. Information is available in other languages. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-239-0843.
- Iowa Workforce Development Outlines Cares Act Benefits and Implementation (4/6/20)
- Iowa Workforce Development-Youtube Videos
Where can I find job openings?
Iowa Workforce Development has a list of employers with temporary job openings.
What are employees' rights in the workplace? (updated 4/20/20)
The federal and state government have resources to help employers and employees regarding workplace health and safety, paid leave, wages, and other protections.
- U.S. Department of Labor - Resources available in multiple languages
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - Paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave
- Iowa Division of Labor - Iowa OSHA and other worker protections
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - U.S. Department of Labor