Employees

Updated March 31 at 12:00pm

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Resources for Employees:

  • How Do I Establish My Unemployment Insurance Claim? 
  • I Have Already Established My Claim. What Are the Next Steps?

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  What if I am asked by a medical professional or public health official to quarantine as a result of COVID-19, but I am not sick?

A.  You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are following the guidance of a medical health professional or public health official to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure
  • You are not receiving paid sick leave or other types of leave from your employer

To ensure that you are properly filing your claim, please contact the Department of Labor’s Claimant Assistance Line at 877-214-3330. Please note there will not be a work search requirement if your return to work date is within 10-weeks of separation.

 

Q.  What if my employer has closed, either as a precautionary measure or because an employee is sick, and other employees have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine as a result of COVID-19. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

A.  If you are not receiving payment from your employer, such as paid sick leave or paid time off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits during this period. For more information on establishing an unemployment claim, click here or contact the Claimant Assistance Line at 877-214-3330

 

Q: What if my employer reduces my hours or I am laid-off due to a slow-down in business as a result of COVID-19?

A: In these cases, you would likely be eligible for unemployment benefits during the layoff period. If your hours are reduced, then you would likely be eligible for benefits to assist in time loss. In the case of a temporary lay-off, if you have a return to work date within 10-weeks, then you would not be required to conduct a work search. For more information on establishing an unemployment claim, click here or contact the Claimant Assistance Line at 877-214-3330

 

Q.  If I become seriously ill and am forced to quit my job as a result of COVID-19, will I qualify for unemployment benefits? 

A.  If you are forced to quit your job due to contraction of COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits once you recover. The Department is looking into all options to protect individuals in this circumstance.

 

Q.  What if I need to take time off from work because I contract COVID-19?

A.  Employer-paid time off is the first and best option for employees in this case. If employer-paid time off is not available, under the Vermont Earned Sick Time law, employers are required to give employees 40-hours per year of earned sick time. Employees should check with their employer to confirm what, if any, accrued leave balances they have available. 

 

Q: What if I need to leave my job to care for a family member as a result of COVID-19?

A: If you leave work to care for a family member, you are likely not eligible for unemployment benefits. Employees may be entitled to job protections under Vermont Parental Family Leave Act or the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Click the links for more information.

 

Q.  What if I have an existing unemployment claim? Will I be required to meet deadlines, attend mandatory appointments, and participate in training programs if I am in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19?

A: Claimants with existing unemployment claims will likely remain eligible for benefits if they contract COVID-19 while currently filing. In the event that it is deemed necessary, the Department of Labor is prepared to exempt certain programs requirements for claimants. Further updates will be provided should they be necessary.


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