Unemployment regulations ‘loosened’ during pandemic.

PIERRE, S.D. — Labor and Regulation Secretary, Marcia Hultman, used her power, Saturday, to excuse the requirement of actively seeking work while unemployed.

Anyone unemployed will not have to be actively seeking employment to be eligible for unemployment benefits, according to a release by Hultman’s office.

It also includes those workers who have been temporarily impacted by COVID-19 – those whose hours are reduced or in an unpaid status.

“This change applies to everyone filing for unemployment compensation,” said Secretary Hultman stated in the release. “While many job search efforts are conducted online, waiving the requirement to search for work is in line with the social distancing practices needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and potential exposure to the disease.”

The waiver remains in effect until Governor Kristi Noem’s declared state of emergency ends.

The waiver period includes weekly payment requests filed for the week ending March 21st and those after.

For more information on eligibility, payments and help finding employment, visit the Department of Labor and Regulation website.

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