States Are Implementing New Unemployment Benefits Notice Requirements for Terminated Employees

Many state unemployment laws require employers to provide separating employees a formal notice informing them of their right to apply for unemployment benefits. These notices can consist of a form to be filled out by the employer, an informational pamphlet, or simply giving a copy of the unemployment poster currently posted in the employer’s workplace. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, several jurisdictions which did not previously have such a requirement are beginning to issue executive orders or emergency legislation/regulations mandating employers give this type of notice to terminated employees. At this time, CWC is aware of four jurisdictions, Alaska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico, which have  recently implemented new requirements that employers give separating employees notice of their unemployment benefits rights.

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