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21, May 2020

UMKC, Full Employment Council Partner to Create a 21st Century Workforce

The FEC Coding Academy at UMKC offers two classes for displaced workers

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering and Full Employment Council created a partnership to deliver a 21st century workforce in Kansas City.

The FEC Coding Academy offers two classes – Web Developer Fundamentals and Full Stack Web Developer – for displaced and incumbent workers to move up in their careers. These courses provide an opportunity for attendees to learn to build websites from scratch with no prior experience necessary and tuition assistance for those who qualify.

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“The Full Employment Council is interested in connecting Missouri residents who have lost their jobs to industry-informed training opportunities that result in industry-recognized portable credentials. Our ultimate goal is rapid reentry into the workplace,” said Shelley Penn, senior vice president and chief operations officer for the FEC.

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22, April 2020

Missouri Begins Processing Claims for the Self-Employed and Others Ineligible for Regular Unemployment; Plans to Roll Out Program Next Week for Those That Have Exhausted Their Unemployment Benefits

Sourced: Missouri Department of Labor

Jefferson City, MO –– The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) is now processing unemployment claims for the self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and have been impacted by the coronavirus. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, those who qualify will be eligible for weekly benefit payments of between $133 and $320 per week plus a $600 federal supplement available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The federal guidelines provide the $600 federal supplement only applies to weeks that are payable from March 29, 2020, through July 25, 2020. These two programs are not regular unemployment insurance but are new, fully federally funded assistance programs. Both of these provisions have been enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

To be eligible for a PUA claim, individuals must first file a regular unemployment claim and be found ineligible. Most self-employed individuals who file a claim will receive a notice that they are not an insured worker. This is because they are not covered under the regular unemployment insurance system. 

Individuals in these groups who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus, and have not already filed a claim, are encouraged to file online at uinteract.labor.mo.gov.
When filing, individuals should:

  • Indicate “none” when asked for states in which they have worked, unless they have worked for an employer in the last 18 months. This is important because those that were self-employed and impacted by coronavirus may have worked for an employer in the last 18 months and could be eligible for the state’s regular unemployment insurance program. 

  • Receive a notification from DES with further instructions on what information will be needed and how to complete the filing process for the PUA. If those unemployed selected to be notified electronically, an email will be sent the following day after the claim is filed stating to check their correspondence tab in UInteract. All others will be mailed the instructions and should receive within the time it takes to be delivered by the US Postal Service.

 

Individuals who have filed an unemployment claim and have received a notification that they are not an insured worker will also be contacted by the DES mid to late week with further instructions on what information will be needed and how to complete the filing process for the PUA. The same notification by DES as stated above will apply.

     

The DES notification will require those self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits to provide proof of employment and they may also choose to provide proof of earnings to potentially increase the amount of benefits received each week.

Examples of acceptable forms which provide proof of employment include business cards, advertisements, telephone listings, business licenses, etc. Examples of acceptable forms of proof of earnings will include copies of income tax returns with related Schedules C, E, F and SE, Form K-1 and/or Form 1099-Misc. Individuals will receive instructions from the DES on how to securely submit proof through the UInteract system.

The PUA benefits will be retroactive to when an individual was negatively affected by the coronavirus, however, the individual will need to provide proof. PUA payments are estimated to be issued within 10 days of eligibility determination. Claimants should log into UInteract.labor.mo.gov for the most up to date status of eligibility and payments.

Individuals who do not have enough work history or who were unable to begin their new job because of the pandemic are also encouraged to apply for unemployment. If they receive a notice that they are not an insured worker, they will also receive notification from the DES on how to complete their application for the PUA program.

Additionally, the DES anticipates it will also begin rolling out the provisions of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program beginning the week of April 26, 2020. This program will provide up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment to those that have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. Once the PEUC program is operational, the DES will notify all potentially eligible individuals. The DES encourages claimants who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, and still have an active benefit year, to continue to file weekly requests for payments.

The DES continues to urge people to file for unemployment benefits at uinteract.labor.mo.gov. UInteract is available 24/7 and is mobile-friendly. Over 90% of the people who have applied through UInteract have been able to do so without assistance. Claimants should take extreme care to provide accurate information. Typos, wrong dates, or other errors, will cause a delay in processing payments.

Before calling the DES, check for additional information on unemployment by visiting labor.mo.gov/coronavirus, watch how-to videos at labor.mo.gov/des/videos, check for correspondence and claim status on your account at uinteract.labor.mo.gov and ask unemployment questions of the Department’s virtual assistant at labor.mo.gov.

22, April 2020

Missouri Department of Labor Warns Against Unemployment Insurance Scams

Sourced: Missouri Department of Labor

Jefferson City, MO –– The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR) Division of Employment Security (DES) warns unemployment insurance claimants about potential scams aiming to steal personal information. Be aware of potential fraud and only use the official website UInteract.labor.mo.gov.

“Many of the individuals we’re helping are filing for unemployment insurance for the very first time,” said DES Director Chris Slinkard. “Please be cautious of scammers trying to take advantage of the situation.”

The Department wants you to know:

  • No fee. There is no fee to file for unemployment compensation. DOLIR will never ask for a debit card or other method of payment in order to process a claim. If you get a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a representative of DOLIR or the DES, do not send money.

  • False websites. Several websites advertise they can assist claimants in filing for unemployment benefits. Some of these sites offer services free of charge and others charge for services. These sites often ask for confidential/private information such as your Social Security number, address, work history and email address. Use only the official DOLIR website UInteract.labor.mo.gov to file for unemployment. The Division does not work with or endorse any private service claiming that they can assist applicants apply for benefits.

  • Personal documents. Some solicitors will ask claimants to upload a copy of their driver’s license, birth certificate, etc. The Division would only notify you through the DES issued correspondence to ask for your documentation to be uploaded from within your secure UInteract.labor.mo.gov account.

  • Verification. Solicitors may demand that you verify your identity within 24 hours to process your claim. DOLIR will not send such requests. After filing an initial claim, the claimant will receive an online secure message in UInteract and/or a packet in the mail with a monetary determination of benefits and an “Information for Workers” brochure.

  • Online surveys. DOLIR does not pay claimants to take surveys. If you receive an email requesting you complete an online survey that appears to be from the State, do not complete the survey. This is likely an attempt to get your personal information.

 

“We want to stress to all those seeking unemployment benefits to only use UInteract.labor.mo.gov to file,” said Director Slinkard. “This is the only official website for filing unemployment in Missouri.”

To report incidents of attempted fraud or scams, contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Office to file a consumer complaint at ago.mo.gov/app/consumercomplaint.

15, April 2020

Missouri Encourages Self-Employed, Gig Workers to Apply for Unemployment; Expects to Begin Processing Claims as Early as the Week of April 19, 2020

Sourced: Missouri Department of Labor

Jefferson City, MO –– The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) is encouraging the self-employed, gig workers, and independent contractors whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus to apply for unemployment assistance. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, those who qualify will be eligible for weekly benefit payments of between $133 and $320 per week plus a $600 federal supplement available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. 

The federal guidelines provide the FPUC payments only apply to weeks payable from March 29, 2020, through July 25, 2020. These two programs are not regular unemployment insurance, but are new, fully federally funded assistance programs.

Both of these provisions have been enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The DES expects to begin processing PUA claims as early as the week of April 19, 2020. At this time, the DES is unaware of any states that have fully implemented the PUA program.

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15, April 2020

Missouri Workforce Development: UPDATE

Sourced: Missouri Department of Economic Development

In the latest report from the MW, "Missouri decreased by 20,900 jobs over the month, and 12-month employment growth was lower than the March 2019 figure. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, up by one percentage point from the February 2020 rate of 3.5 percent.

However, the full impact of COVID-19 is not reflected in the March labor market data but is expected to be reflected in the April 2020 jobs report."

07, April 2020

Q&A with: Clyde McQueen, Full Employment Council

By Dennis Boone

"I think lot of innovation will come out of this,” says Clyde McQueen, CEO of the Full Employment Council in Kansas City. Until then, business will continue to feel unprecedented pain, he says, but he cautions against taking short-term actions that could allow competitors to snag highly-valued employees. McQueen chatted with Ingram’s about how the COVID-19 crisis offers lessons for all organizations, including his own, about the challenges of pivoting quickly to set up a remote workforce, and about the federal relief package for small business. You can read the full exchange with him here."

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02, April 2020

Looking for additional community resources and outreach programs, the Kansas City Public Library has published a weekly resource, Street Sheet  - "for individuals experiencing homelessness, primarily the unsheltered/street living, during this difficult time of this health crisis," said Kelly Berry, Outreach Community Engagement Associate, KCPL.   

The Street Sheet provides a list of services from Health and Safety Tips, Wireless Internet Access, Shelter information, Restroom and Handwashing Stations and much, much more.

 

For additional KCPL related announcements and resources visit the Library's website, www.kclibrary.org (Community Resources-Outreach) and/or the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness website,www.gkcceh.org.

KCPL-Street Sheet

30, March 2020

New Hires

Sourced: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

 

As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team (REACT) serves as ... 

25, March 2020

(FFCRA or ACT) Families First Coronavirus Response Act April 1-December 21, 2020

Sourced: Department of Labor

 

Employee Rights: Paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave (FMLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

25, March 2020

Sourced: Fox4 Channel News

Reporter: Kera Meshek

The Full Employment Council is having to adapt its own outreach to help displaced workers.

"Our business was always face-to-face, one-on-one and now we’re having to go to a virtual, non-personal contact business model," said Clyde McQueen, FEC president and CEO ...

24, March 2020

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Sourced: From the Missouri Department of Social Services

Missouri Food Stamp Benefits increase and get extension. 

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