Unemployment Compensation and PA Act 9 of 2020

A new Pennsylvania law (Act 9 of 2020) signed by Governor Wolf on March 27, 2020 requires Pennsylvania employers to provide notice to employees about unemployment compensation benefits at the time of separation from employment or when an employee’s work hours are reduced. The PA Department of Labor has released a form to assist employers in complying with this new requirement, Form UC-1609. Employers should complete this form and provide it to employees at the time of separation. Additionally, Act 9 of 2020 provides relief from charges to employers for claims related to the COVID-19 outbreak and waives the one week waiting period for employees. Unlike the notification requirement amendments, these changes will expire on January 1, 2021.