Workforce Issues

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. On this page, we are compiling relevant tips and resources such as unemployment, paid family leave, paid sick leave, healthcare and more.

Human resources, Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wisconsin Work-Share Program

Work-Share avoids layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Unemployment Insurance

Assistance available for claimants, employers and service providers. 

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Self-employed

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Regular Unemployment Insurance

If you are unemployed and you've worked for a covered employer (an employer who pays UI tax) in the last 18 months, please apply for Regular Unemployment Insurance.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

If you are filing because of the CARES Act (a.k.a. Federal Stimulus Bill), e.g., because you’re self-employed, an independent contractor, or a worker with limited work history, you can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) online.

Audience: Employees, Self-employed

Human resources, Unemployment
Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Shared Work Program

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. 

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Missouri

MO Jobs

Employment Transition Team

The Employment Transition Team (ETT) is available at no cost to businesses and affected workers. As part of the ETT, a Regional Workforce Coordinator and local workforce system staff are available to provide guidance to you and reemployment services for your affected employees.  

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Virginia

Virginia Employment Commission

Unemployment Insurance

Workers can apply to receive unemployment benefits online and via telephone. However, call volumes have increased and wait times are exceptionally long. If you’re filing an initial claim, it is recommended that you apply online. Workers may be eligible for partial benefits. 

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Illinois

Illinois workNet

Illinois workNet

Tips, tools and resources for workers who have been laid off such as unemployment insurance and taxes, budgeting basics, resume builders, and more.

Audience: Employees

Human resources, Unemployment
Illinois

State of Illinois

Get Hired IL

Connects employers looking for workers, and workers looking for work. Workers can access virtual job fairs and online training opportunities.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees, Self-employed

Unemployment
Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

How to File or Manage Unemployment Claims

This site offers information for both businesses and workers, including how to file or manage unemployment claims and helpful unemployment FAQs. Part-time workers may be eligible to receive partial unemployment benefits. Missourians who leave their job to relocate with an active military spouse may be eligible for benefits.

Audience: Employees

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