A Backgrounder on Health Coverage
With millions of businesses forced to close or make staffing changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals have lost or are at risk of losing access to employer-sponsored health coverage. Learn what your options are here.
Reemployment Assistance (Formerly UI) for Individuals
Reemployment assistance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to eligible unemployed workers who lost their job through no fault of their own and are not based on financial need. Reemployment assistance benefits are funded through a dedicated tax paid by your former employer(s). As an employee, you do not pay any portion of the benefit costs or taxes. Your eligibility for benefits is based on the wages you have earned. In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able and available to accept full-time work. While you are receiving reemployment assistance benefits, it is your responsibility to return to the workforce as quickly as you can.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
Employee Paid Leave Rights (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. Contact our local SD Department of Labor and Regulation office for more information. (605) 668-2900.
CARE19 Tracking App Available in South Dakota
Care19 is a location tracking app for your mobile device that will help the South Dakota Department of Health understand and predict infection rates in South Dakota. It will be used to plan better for testing and prepare healthcare services needed to fight the virus. This provides South Dakotans an opportunity to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The app will serve as a tool to speed up the disease investigation process.
USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance for rural residents, businesses and communities. The resource matrix linked below organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.