Nebraska Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin encourages workers and businesses to utilize resources available through the Nebraska Department of Labor as they respond to COVID-19.
Any workers in a non-paid status due to COVID-19 may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment claims in Nebraska are filed online at NEworks.nebraska.gov.
The NEworks mobile app is available to download for free.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has waived some of the requirements so payments can be made as promptly as possible.
From March 22-May 2, NDOL would waive the requirement to search for work, as well as the requirement of one unpaid waiting week for those who are eligible for benefits.
Employers whose workers file claims tied to COVID-19 will not be charged for those benefits. Nebraska’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund will be used instead.
If an employer is laying off a large number of workers, the employer may file a claim in NEworks on behalf of the workers.
Instructions are on the NDOL website at: https://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits
“We understand this is a time of uncertainty for all Nebraskans, and we are here to support workers and employers as they navigate this challenging situation,” Commissioner Albin said.
In addition to regular unemployment benefits, employers also have the option of utilizing Short-Time Compensation (STC). That program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10-60% while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit.
For more information, see the information on this page: https://dol.nebraska.gov/stc
Due to high call volume, unemployment insurance questions should be emailed to email@example.com and should include contact information.
Live chat assistance is available on NEworks.nebraska.gov.
Questions specific to short-time compensation should be sent to NDOL.STCLegal@nebraska.gov
There is no requirement to visit a job center to access these benefit programs.
The job centers are adhering to social distancing to protect the health of customers and the NDOL team.
Job center locations and numbers are listed here.