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DWD's COVID-19 Information

DWD's COVID-19 Information

As Congress passed the COVID-19 CARES ACT, a major component is the temporary $600 weekly increase and special provisions for self-employed and independent contractor unemployed workers. While plans are being put into place to get the additional relief to impacted Hoosier workers as soon as possible, we are awaiting federal guidance to implement the programs. As soon as the final determinations are made, we will post the information on this page and Unemployment.IN.gov.

DWD closing central office, all WorkOne centers until further notice.

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Latest Unemployment Insurance Information from DWD

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is reminding Hoosiers that applying for unemployment insurance benefits is completed electronically. Hoosiers can apply on a computer or smart phone.

For more information on unemployment insurance, visit Unemployment.IN.gov. There, Hoosiers can find the Claimant Handbook, Frequently Asked Questions, a link to online filing and more information. Please visit this site frequently with updated information.

Facebook Live Event Recording
Visit our FB page to find the recording on unemployment insurance & the federal stimulus act. (Additional format coming soon)

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CARES Act Information

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Facebook Live Event Recording
Visit our FB page to find the recording on unemployment insurance & the federal stimulus act. (Additional format coming soon)

Virtual Job Fair: Futures in Healthcare
Meet potential employers by joining the event on April 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

UI Webinar Recording
(Previous Webinar) Indiana Unemployment Insurance Basics: What Impacted Hoosier Workers Need to Know


DWD Affected Programs and Policies

  • High School Equivalency Testing

    In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Department of Workforce Development has decided to waive the 60-day time limit for HSE testing (High School Equivalency Testing, DWD Policy 2019-01). Any candidate who has sat for the HSE test from January 17, 2020 on and has not completed all 5 tests shall have the 60-day time limit waived. This waiver shall remain in effect until further notice. 

    Indiana HSE candidates must complete the full battery of HSE tests within sixty (60) calendar days from the start of the first subtest. It is not necessary for candidates to pass all subtests during this timeframe. If the full battery of HSE tests remains incomplete on the sixty-first (61st) day, test scores for completed subtests will be invalidated. Candidates whose scores are invalidated must retake the invalidated tests utilizing a different test form. They will then have sixty (60) calendar days to complete the full HSE test battery. Go to HSE page.
  • Office for Career and Technical Schools

    COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Accreditation Information

    OCTS is charged with insuring that “the premises and conditions under which the students work and study are sanitary, healthful, and safe according to modern standards.”  (IC 22-4.1-21-23 (6))  Please see the OCTS COVID-19 Memo for additional information. Go to OCTS page.

  • Adult Education

    Grant Information

    Due to the COVID-19 school and business closings throughout the state, the Department of Workforce Development/Office of Adult Education has extended the deadline for application submissions. (Continue to check this page and your emails for updates as this situation changes.) Applications for Adult Education and IELCE grant funding are due in our office by Friday, April 10, 2020, 5:00 P.M. EST. Go to Adult Ed Grants & Forms page.

    For additional Adult Ed Updates, visit the Program Policy & Guidance page

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IN State Department of Health:

IN State Dept. of Health: https://www.in.gov/isdh/

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home page: https://coronavirus.IN.gov

Unemployment Insurance

Indiana Unemployment 

Hoosiers by the Numbers

This page compiles some of the most useful data available to understand the size, scale and scope of the COVID-19 pandemic. http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/covid19.asp

Workers' Compensation

Worker's Compensation Board of Indiana: https://www.in.gov/wcb/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel. This page includes information about COVID-19 for travelers and travel-related industries.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus 2019. The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Handouts and Posters. Download and print fact sheets to post in your office

U.S. Department of Labor

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

COVID-19 website. This provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers. OSHA is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus, as well as conducting outreach activities.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. The guidance, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is designed to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.

Wage and Hour Division

COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies website. This provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.   

Workers’ Compensation

Guidance for federal employees and outlines Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace.

White House Task Force on Coronavirus

Actions for All Americans. This four-page slide deck provides, in part, key tips for keeping workplaces safe when dealing with COVID-19.

A Framework for Mitigation: Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. The document provides a series of mitigation strategies that state and local health departments may consider employing upon local transmission of COVID-19.  

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

Interagency Statement on Pandemic Planning. This guidance reminds financial institutions that business continuity plans should address the threat of a pandemic outbreak and its potential impact on the delivery of critical financial services.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Interactive map. Shows the coronavirus spread in real-time.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Coronavirus Resource Center. This resource page supports the public, business community and insurance professionals understand and manage the risks of the current outbreak of COVID-19.

Society for Human Resource Management

Coronavirus Information and FAQs. This document and the FAQs are intended to provide general information about the novel coronavirus, including how it is transmitted and how you can prevent infection. It does not constitute legal advice on this topic.

NASWA Resources


World Health Organization

COVID-19 advice for the public: Myth busters.

Getting your workplace ready. This document provides tips to take action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak for businesses and employers.

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Equal Opportunity is the Law. (La Igualdad De Oportunidad Es La Ley.)
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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