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Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance)
Reemployment Assistance (RA) provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job until they find other employment. South Dakota's reemployment assistance program is financed by employers through payroll taxes; workers do not contribute to this plan.
Reemployment Assistance for Individuals
Reemployment Assistance for Businesses
COVID-19: Reemployment Assistance Eligibility Determinations
View proposed scenarios related to COVID-19 and RA benefits eligibility.
Non-paid Waiting Week Requirement Waived
The non-paid waiting week required before an individual may receive unemployment benefits is waived, effective until the declared state of emergency ends. The waiver period applies to weekly requests for payment filed for the week ending April 4, 2020, and forward.
CARES Act - COVID 19 Stimulus Bill
President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, which includes provisions to expand unemployment insurance benefits. DLR is waiting for further guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. As soon as we are able, information will be posted on how independent contractors, the self-employed, and business owners can apply.
We have published a worksheet with scenarios about state unemployment benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
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.
This bill amends key provisions of Title 61, DLR’s unemployment insurance (UI) laws, in order to bring South Dakota into compliance with the requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) passed on March 18, 2020, effective April 1, 2020.
- Allows for non-charging to a contributing employer account when claimants receive benefits as a direct result of COVID-19.
- Exempts employers from penalties for failing to pay contributions or file reports before due date if the failure is the direct result of employers temporarily ceasing operations as a direct result of COVID-19.
- Waives the non-paid waiting week for claims filed during an emergency declaration period as declared by the Governor.
What this Means
South Dakota is now in compliance to receive 50% of its share of the grant funding under the Act, which is in the approximate amount of $1.3 million that would be made available for UI administration use only. The other 50% will be paid if South Dakota unemployment claims increase by 10% over same quarter in previous calendar year.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division has been renamed the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Division. This is a result of HB 1035 which passed during the 2019 legislative session.
The main URL has changed to dlr.sd.gov/ra. Please update any bookmarked links.
Reemployment Assistance Division
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: If you do not know which section listed above you need to speak with, please call 605.626.2301 for assistance.