Iowa to make COVID-19 unemployment benefits available

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The State of Iowa says help will be available for workers effected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Iowa Workforce Development says people who are laid off, or have to stay home to self-isolate or care for family members will get unemployment benefits if they meet eligibility requirements.

IWD says those requirements essentially include working for wages from an employer who claims you as an employee in six of the last eighteen months and have earned at least $2,500 in the same time period.

Also, the state says claims that are filed and identified as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19, won't be charged to employers. Fact-finding interviews for these claims will be waived and not be held although employers will be notified of claims received. 

Workforce Development says people should expect payments in seven to 10 days after the claim is filed.

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