Governor Signs New Executive Order Extending Mississippi Unemployment Benefits
Due to the continuing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday Governor Tate Reeves signed a new executive order extending and improving upon unemployment benefits. Though the Governor does understand the realities facing many Mississippians, he did continue to stress that “there is no real government replacement for a job”. He implored those who are offered an opportunity to return to work to take it.
The new executive order will waive the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits for all claims filed from March 8, 2020 to December 26, 2020. This is an extension from the original period which was supposed to end on June 27, 2020. The Governor also increased the $40 earning allowance to $200 for those collecting unemployment benefits for the period of May 3, 2020 to June 27, 2020. Additionally, the new order waives any interest on collection activities that have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic from April 1, 2020 to June 27, 2020.
These actions taken by Governor Reeves will go a long way to help those employers struggling during this time. See the link below for all provisions from this latest executive order.