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LWC asking employers to report employees who refuse to return to work

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 15:59:00-04

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is asking employers to report an employee that is refusing to return to work.

According to the LWC website, if an employer has an employee who is refusing to return to work then they are asked to complete a form about their employees with details like when they were offered to return to work, how much they were being paid and what reason they gave for not returning.

On its FAQ page, under the question "Some employers think laid-off workers receiving all of the COVID-19 benefits may choose to keep collecting them, and not return to work. How will employers manage that?"

The LWC offers the following answer:

For employers who are concerned that their employees will not report back to work after the stay-at-home orders have ended, we will address refusal of suitable work and the work search requirement before the order is lifted. We are currently planning for this, including potential messaging, a direct email dedicated for refusal of work issues for employers to use and the potential workload that will occur. We are discussing several areas that we will cover to ensure that individuals that have reported back to work, failed to seek work or refused to work will be addressed. Refusal of work and failure to complete work searches can disqualify individuals from all claims, including regular unemployment, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. A disqualification will result in no further payments including the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

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