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Department of Labor & Industrial Relations to reopen offices Dec. 1

HONOLULU — The state Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) will open offices statewide beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Services from all programs in the department will be available Wednesdays through Fridays.

Telephone appointments for general unemployment insurance and claims adjudication services will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Persons seeking in-person services will be required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result prior to entry of all offices pursuant to Gov. David Ige’s Executive Order 21-07 as well as adhere to social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing while inside the offices.

DLIR will continue to offer telephone appointments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and employer services Mondays through Fridays, and for claims adjudication and general unemployment insurance inquiries on Mondays and Tuesdays. The latter is the only change as persons with general unemployment insurance inquiries may visit the offices Wednesdays through Fridays beginning Dec. 1.

Access to all appointments is available via the web at: labor.hawaii.gov/ui/appointments/.

It is important to note, none of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who are terminated for cause, quit their job without good cause, or refuse to return to work. Attempts to collect benefit payments in these situations could be viewed as fraudulent. Investigation of job separation is part of the eligibility determination process.

For more info visit: https://www.hawaiiunemploymentinfo.com/.

For more information about unemployment insurance and other labor issues please visit the FAQs at https://labor.hawaii.gov/covid-19-labor-faqs/.
Source: The Garden Island

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