• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

    The PEUC program provides up to 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits under state or federal law, or have no rights to regular unemployment benefits under state or federal law.

    The first week a claimant can be compensated on this benefit is the week beginning March 29, 2020, and the last payable week is the week ending Dec. 26, 2020. 

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  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

    Under FPUC, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 per week in addition to their weekly benefit amount from another unemployment compensation program. Claimants do not need to request the FPUC payment.

    This FPUC payment is 100% federally funded. An employer’s experience rating account will not be charged or impacted by this additional payment.

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  • 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.

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  • Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS)

    ROCS has available emergency assistance for individuals and families who have experienced financial hardships related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act

    The CARES Act significantly expanded access to the unemployment insurance (UI) system for American workers who suffer job losses or reduced hours through no fault of their own. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Unemployment Provisions for Workers Affected By COVID-19

    The federal CARES Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for South Dakotans. This flowchart tells you what you need to know.

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  • 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.

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