Mass Layoff Employer Instructions
The mass layoff process is designed for employers to provide information on employees that are temporarily off work due to a total or partial shutdown.
Mass claims are not designed for situations of a business closure. Business closure is a permanent separation and employees should file for unemployment through the MDES website. The online claim filing captures more details on the individual and registers the employee with the employment services available through MDES.
Below are step-by-step guides to complete the process.
Employer Guide to Unemployment Insurance: Mass Layoff Claim Process
Employee Mass Layoff Guide
Staff identified in the BULLET EXCEPTION LIST below will need to file online or by calling the MDES CONTACT CENTER at 601-493-9427. To file online, click here.
- Those who have worked for the military in the last 18 months
- Those who have worked for the federal government in the last 18 months
- Those who have worked out of state in the last 18 months
- Non-US citizens
THE MASS LAYOFF PROCESS
The mass layoff process requires employee information to be submitted on an Excel spreadsheet. MDES will create an unemployment claim for each employee record on the spreadsheet.
Provide the information requested in the form. Please note that instructions for completing this spreadsheet are provided on the second tab of the file.
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