Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources


South Dakota to End Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Governor Noem has announced all federal unemployment pandemic programs will end in South Dakota effective June 26, 2021. All claimants will be contacted by the Reemployment Assistance Division with further details after the U.S. DOL has provided further guidance. Specific claim issues may continue to be directed to the Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 or  


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March, 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Department of Labor and Regulation is reviewing guidance from U.S. DOL on the implementation of the Act. Watch for updates via news releases, our website and social media. 


CARES Act and Unemployment Extensions

Please see our CARES Act page for information on the CARES Act as well as the subsequent unemployment extension provisions.

We will provide updates via news releases, our CARES Act page, and social media when more information becomes available.

From the U.S. DOL: New COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits: Answering Common Questions


Fraud Alerts from the U.S. DOL


Alert on Fraudulent Websites and Phishing Scams

Be on the lookout for websites that mimic government unemployment insurance websites, including state workforce agency sites as well as texts claiming to be from state workforce agency unemployment insurance divisions. Criminals create these websites and scam texts to trick people into disclosing personally identifiable and sensitive information. View alert issued by U.S. DOL for more information (issued March 4, 2021).

Alert on the Issuance of Erroneous 1099-G forms due to Fraudulently Unemployment Insurance Claims

See the Issuance of Erroneous Forms 1099-G due to Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Claims alert (issued Feb. 26, 2021, by the National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force). For more information on 1099-G forms, please view our 1099-G webpage.

Unemployment Insurance Fraud Alert from the U.S. DOL

The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Fraud Alert concerning fraudsters who are perpetrating numerous schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be aware that your personal information may be used fraudulently without your permission.

Unemployment Insurance Phishing Fraud Alert from the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General has discovered a scam, where scammers are sending emails using the names of companies or someone you know and trust. See the Fraud Alert for more information.


State of South Dakota

SD Department of Health | SD Department of Labor and Regulation | Governor's Office of Economic Development | SD Housing Development Authority

South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) SDDOH continues to monitor the emergence of the novel coronavirus. They are working with the CDC and healthcare partners across the state to prepare for and respond to potential cases.


Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR)

Division of Banking
Pandemic Planning Memo. Pandemic planning memo to South Dakota state chartered banks.

Also see the South Dakota Bankers Association's Coronavirus Updates & Resources page.

Employment Laws (Division of Labor and Management)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What does it mean for employers? A summary of how some of the key provisions like the Emergency Family and Medical Leave (FLMA) Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act impact employers.

Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Insurance)

CARES Act Benefits and Implementation

COVID-19: Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations. The Department of Labor and Regulation's proposed scenario interpretations regarding Reemployment Assistance eligibility.

Reemployment Assistance Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Senate Bill 187, an Act to revise certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to declare an emergency, was signed into law by Governor Kristi Noem on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The provisions go into effect immediately.

Refusal to Return to Work. Workers who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances.


Eligibility Checker for state unemployment benefits and PUA. (Currently applies to the federal programs through week ending Dec. 26, 2020. Will update once guidance is received.)

Unemployment Claims: Tips for Workers

Video: How to File a UI Claim. Video walks through the steps on filing a reemployment assistance (unemployment insurance) claim online at

Video Filing a Weekly Request for Payment. Video walks through the steps on filing a weekly request for payment on line.

Filing a Weekly Request for Payment video tutorial

Video: Frequently Asked Questions. Video shows claimants where to find commonly asked questions and find frequently accessed quick links concerning unemployment claims.

Frequently Asked Questions video


COVID-19 and Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Insurance) Guidance for Businesses.

Employer Bulk Claims. We are now accepting bulk unemployment claims related to COVID-19 from any employer laying off over 50 workers. The employer can file on behalf of the individuals. This means individuals do not file an initial claim, but must complete the weekly request for payment.

Unemployment Claims: Tips for Businesses

Webinar: Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19. Secretary Marcia Hultman presents information for employers regarding Unemployment Insurance/Reemployment Assistance and COVID-19.

Business Webinar - UI and COVID-19

Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation Coverage and COVID-19. Information regarding when COVID-19 may be compensable under Workers' Compensation.


DLR News Page. Find the latest news releases issued by DLR.


Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)

Governor's Office for Economic Development COVD-19 web page.

Small Business Guide to CARES Act. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.  


South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA)

SDHDA SD CARES Housing Assistance Program. Last fall, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority launched the SD CARES Housing Assistance program which provides financial assistance for households who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Financial assistance can be provided for rent, utilities and mortgage payments (for homeowners). 

Households must income qualify for assistance, document how they were financially impacted due to COVID and be at risk of losing their housing due to outstanding rent, mortgages and/or utility payments. Financial impact can be due to loss of hours, loss of job or increase in household expenses due to COVID.

Program information and access to the application can be found on SD CARES Housing Assistance Program (SDHDA) or 211 Community Resources (Helpline Center) websites.


U.S. Department of Labor

Coronavirus Resources. The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

New COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits: Answering Common Questions (U.S. DOL Blog, posted Jan. 11, 2021)

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 Resources

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.  Includes fact sheets for employers and employees, Q&As, and model posters to post on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Determining Your Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Eligibility Tool for Employees — The online resource guides workers through a series of questions designed to determine the FFCRA’s applicability to their employer.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Q&A. The U.S. Department of Labor has created an expanded question and answer page for employers and employees regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Webinar Recording Link to recording is under Webinar section at the bottom of this resource page. Requires Adobe Connect to watch. View PDF of presentation.

Fraud Alerts from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General

Unemployment Insurance Fraud Alert from the U.S. DOL. Fraudsters are perpetrating numerous schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In one scheme, scammers have offered to help individuals file claims for unemployment benefits.

Unemployment Insurance Phising Fraud Alert from the U.S. DOL. The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General has discovered a scam, where scammers are sending emails using the names of companies or someone you know and trust.

Workers’ Compensation

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


Other Resources

The Appraisal Foundation

Coronavirus and Appraisers: Your Questions Answered. This web page was created so appraisers can locate all coronavirus information in one single location. The information is about the how the efforts to contain the virus are impacting the appraisal profession.


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.


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.


Internal Revenue Service

Coronavirus Tax Relief. The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.


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.


South Dakota Bankers Association (SDBA)

Coronavirus Updates & Resources. The SDBA has developed this page of resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to help keep South Dakota banks informed as they plan and prepare for the disease.


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.  


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.