Wendell Young IV
UFCW 1776KS President
To All UFCW 1776KS Members,

I am writing to share an update on important information regarding Unemployment Compensation (“UC”) and Workers Compensation (“WC”). During these unprecedented times, it is extremely important that you understand your rights under these complex laws. 

Our Law firm, Willig, Williams and Davidson (“WWD”), has put together an extensive 8-page memo outlining important updates and changes to UC and WC that have occurred during the COVID-19 crisis.  In an effort to help break down these changes, they have also created summaries and bullet points for both UC and WC, including a sample letter on how to provide notice to your employer if you believe you are exposed to COVID-19 at your workplace.  

Please take some time to review the following documents:

1.        Read the entire memo here – This memo outlines the changes in UC as a result of the legislation that was passed due to the COVID-19 crisis. It also explains your rights under WC as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis.

2.        Read about UC here – This summary highlights the changes that have been made to UC during the COVID-19 crisis. Including information about enhanced payments, waiving the first week waiting period, waiving the stipulations that relate to being able to work as well as searching for work while receiving benefits and more.

3.        Know Your Rights with WC here – This document outlines the things you should do when filing a WC claim. It also summarizes the reasons that you would want to file for WC.

4.        View the Sample Notice Letter here – this document is a sample letter that you can use to formally notify your Employer that you have been diagnosed with the virus and that you believe it is due to your employment. This will give the Employer notification of your intent to file a WC claim which is strongly suggested to be done.

All of the documents listed above are extremely important and vital to protecting your rights as an employee. Please read these carefully and know that UFCW Local 1776KS is here to assist you in any way we can. If you still have questions after reviewing the above, please feel free to contact the Local’s Leave of Absence Hotline at 866-329-1776 ext. 806. 
Thank you,
Wendell W Young IV
UFCW Local 1776 Keystone State