An employee that is temporarily laid off from work may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance benefits.

What is a Temporary Layoff?

  • A temporary layoff occurs when the employee is separated from their job due to lack of work, and the employee has a return-to-work date within eight weeks of the separation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • An employee that is on a temporary layoff must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • Monetarily eligible;
    • Able and available for work; and 
    • Have a fixed or approximate return-to-work date within eight weeks
  • An employee on a temporary layoff is not required to complete the work registration requirement nor the work search requirement.


  • Susie worked for ABC Restaurant as a cook. Due to the mitigation response of the COVID-19 event, ABC Restaurant temporarily had to close and had no work available for Susie. Susie would not be receiving any pay during the closure. Prior to closing, ABC Restaurant told Susie they would be re-opening in five weeks and would need her to return to work at that time. This may be considered a temporary layoff, and Susie may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance benefits.
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