Rhode Island – Special UI Provisions for Disaster Impacted Employers and Workers
Recent flooding in Rhode Island has created special unemployment insurance circumstances.
In accordance with the unemployment statutes, impacted employers may be relieved of
benefit charges and affected workers may have the one-week waiting period waived.
What Employers Need to Know
Employers incurring layoffs, due to the floods, must complete a “waiver and relief”
form in order to be granted relief from unemployment benefit charges. This statutory
relief applies to both tax contributing and reimbursing employers. Completion of the
form is also necessary for a worker’s UI claim waiting week to be waived.
A copy of the “Employer Application for Relief of Benefit Charges and Waiting Period
Waiver Due to a Natural Disaster/State of Emergency” can be found at http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/FloodInfo.htm –
scroll down and click on “waiver and relief application”.
Waivers are not automatic and must be completed by the employer, not an agent. The
completed form should be faxed to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
at (401) 462-8413
What You Can Expect
Employers are encouraged to document the completion and proper submission of the “waiver
and relief” application for future reference.
The state agency has established a dedicated phone number and e-mail address to assist
employers with the UI relief and waiver process: Phone – (401) 462-8999; E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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