With Federal and State laws changing very rapidly this year, you may have missed a recent requirement from the Alabama Department of Labor issued in late July, 2020.
In accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and guidance from the United States Department of Labor, in addition to posting printed notices related to unemployment benefits, all Alabama employers are now required to provide written notification of the availability of Unemployment Compensation to employees individually at the time of separation of employment, with no regard as to the reason for termination. The Alabama Department of Labor is amending the Administrative Code to reflect this new requirement, but the requirement is effective immediately.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits are available to workers who are unemployed and who meet the requirements of state UI eligibility laws. You may file a UI claim in the first week that employment stops or work hours are reduced.
For general information about filing a claim, call 866-361-4524 or visit www.labor.alabama.gov.
You will need to provide the Alabama Department of Labor with the following information in order for the state to process your claim:
You should also have the following information available when you file your claim:
To file a UI claim by phone, dial 866-2-FILE-UC (866-234-5382).
To file a UI claim online, visit www.labor.alabama.gov.
Click on “Unemployment,” then “File Claim,” then “Establish a New or Reopen a UI Claim,” and follow the prompts.
If you have questions about the status of your UI claim, you can call the Alabama Department of Labor Call Center Inquiry Line at 800-361-4524.