UPDATED for Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, and Utah
The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance March 12 that outlines the flexibility states have in this area to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits when an employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work.
Employees affected by coronavirus-related closures generally will be eligible for unemployment compensation. Most states have acted to waiving the usual one-week waiting period and other requirements.