With the continued impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many employees are finding themselves still unable to work. When a claimant files a claim, each state will set a benefit year for that claim. A benefit year is the 52-week period usually beginning the week a new claim is filed. Now that we are at the one-year anniversary of the first Pandemic shut-downs, many employees will see their benefit year expire.
Once this benefit year expires, claimants must reapply for benefits reporting any additional work history, including temporary, part-time, self-employment, or W-2 work. Once the new regular UI claim is processed, claimants who are unable to establish a valid claim, will be placed back into the appropriate federal CARES Act program for the new extensions to be applied.
Any exceptions to this process will be noted below.
- Since employers are required to file on behalf of their impacted employees in Georgia, the employer should continue to file weekly. If an employee reaches the end of the 52-week period, the benefit year will renew the following week when the employer requests a weekly payment for the employee.