Reeves issues order waiving waiting period for unemployment benefits, work search requirements

By Aaron Rice
March 21, 2020

Gov. Tate Reeves issued an executive order today to waive the waiting period for unemployment benefits and the work search requirement. He is also suspending collection activities.

Reports last week showed that the number of Americans filing for unemployment jumped 33 percent over the previous week to 281,000. This was the biggest weekly jump since 1992. Economists expect the numbers to surge to over 2 million next week.

Under this executive order, Mississippians filing unemployment claims will no longer have a one-week waiting period for benefits. Further, work search requirements that are required for benefits have also been temporarily suspended.

Also, all collection activities, including the interception of state tax refunds, payment agreements, enrollment of liens, tax garnishments, and claimant overpayment garnishments are suspended.

Each of these orders lasts through June 27.


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