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The main change in this newly signed Executive Order (EO) is the removal of a requirement that all previous employers be reviewed along with the most recent. The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) will only review the employer that issued the most current lay off to verify the information, and to determine if Covid-19 was indeed the reason for the lay off. Those who became unemployed due to the pandemic will no longer be penalized for any voluntary quits or other issues regarding PRIOR employment. For those who have already had their claims adjudicated (and penalties assessed) those penalties will be removed and benefits will be paid.
This Executive Order retroactively changes the applicable period from March 22, 2020 backward to March 15, 2020. This allows individuals who filed the week prior to March 22nd to receive the same benefits as those who filed after.
This Executive Order on unemployment remains in effect until August 1, 2020