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IOWANS TOLD THEY MUST RETURN WHEN RECALLED AFTER CORONAVIRUS LAYOFFS

KIMT3 News reports: Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) says employees who refused to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for the following circumstances:

• If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms;

• If you have recovered but it caused medical complications rendering you unable to perform essential job duties;

• If a member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;

• If you are providing care for a member of your household who was diagnosed with COVID-19;

• If you do not have childcare due to COVID-19 reasons; or

• If you do not have transportation to your place of work because of COVID-19.

IWD says refusing to return to work when recalled for any other reason, or in an attempt to continue to draw unemployment benefits will be considered a “voluntary quit” which would disqualify a person from receiving benefits and that includes the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit of $600 a week.

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ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: If you have offered work to employees and your employee refuses to return to work, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development here:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/job-offer-decline-form-employers