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Arkansas perspective from Attorney Jim Jackson:
As Director of Workforce Development for the City of NLR I wanted to pass along some information to those that have been laid off and for small business that need assistance.

First for those laid off:

Unemployment: Under current Arkansas law (Ark. Code Ann. §11-10-507(4)), individuals who claim unemployment insurance must wait one week, which is not counted as a week of unemployment. The Governor has directed the Arkansas Department of Commerce to waive the waiting period. This directive will allow the department to pay claims more quickly.

Governor Hutchinson has also directed the Department of Commerce to waive current work-search requirements for 30 days, allowing the unemployed to receive benefits without seeking other employment. This exception applies only to those employed by businesses that are temporarily closed with plans to reopen.

In a third action, the Governor has directed the Department of Commerce to allow the unemployed to apply for benefits online or by telephone rather than in person in a further effort to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Filing online has been bottled necked because of issue on the Federal side. Online has been down this weekend for update. Should be up shortly and should be able to apply. Starting on Monday(Today March 23rd) there will be a Hotline you can call. That number is 844-908-2178. Please don’t go to centers to apply in person use Hotline or website.