Information for individuals and families

Sedgwick County DHS
Applying for public assistance - Skip the office visit: Colorado PEAK is the online portal to assistance programs.
Loss of Employment or Reduction in hours due to COVID-19
 
Employees who see a reduction in hours or layoffs are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, which can provide partial wage replacement. 

 Colorado State Tax Extension.

State Tax filings will be extended until July 14th

Tips for Successful Submission through the website

  • Claims must be completed and submitted within 24 hours of the initial filing.

  • While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.

  • File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.

  • You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.

  • Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.

April 8, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Updates

  • Continue to monitor the UI website. It is being updated frequently. Especially if you are self-employed, an independent contractor or a 1099 worker. The state is asking you to wait to file a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claim-the application is coming soon!

  • The UI Office recognizes that many claims have been submitted but were not processed through the benefit system. If you haven't received a PIN and are unable to request payment, know they are making this their top priority and all claimants should expect back pay for the missed weeks.

  • Requesting payment every two weeks keeps your claim active.  If you haven't received a PIN before the first date you are to request payment, please contact 1.800.388.5515. 

  • Individuals who are furloughed may be eligible for an additional $600 per week. No action is required, once the state system is reprogrammed the extra will be added to the weekly benefit amount. Payments will be backdated. The state is waiting for the US Department of Labor to determine the date. 

  • Individuals who had a reduction in hours or wages should also be eligible for the extra $600, the state is waiting for final guidance from the Department of Labor.

April 1, 2020 Unemployment Insurance Updates 

  • The requirement for claimants to perform work-search activities has been waived.  All claimants must still register for work at connectingcolorado.com even if you are job attached.

  • The standard waiting-week requirement before benefits can be paid has been waived.  This waiver applies to all claimants regardless of the reason for filing for any waiting week not yet served as of 03/15/20 and later until the Governor’s Executive Order expires.

  • It may take 4-6 weeks to complete the processing, depending on how many employers are a part of the claim. 

  • Claimants who are unemployed because their employers are closed to the public or otherwise unable to operate in their normal capacity as a direct result of an order by the Governor because of the COVID-19 pandemic may be job-attached for as long as the place of business is required to remain closed.

  • You may still receive partial benefits if you are working fewer than 32 hours a week and earning less than the weekly unemployment benefit amount. You must report all hours worked and earnings, including tips, for the hours worked when you request payment of unemployment benefits.12

Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) published emergency rules which temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 testing. 

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/colorado-health-emergency-leave-pay-%E2%80%9Ccolorado-help%E2%80%9D-rules

 Layoff and Unemployment Insurance Resources

The Board of County Commissioners along with the Sedgwick County Department heads want to make sure our residents remain informed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This site has been created for local residents and businesses to get complete and accurate information regarding COVID-19 in Sedgwick County, Colorado.

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