COVID-19 Employee Assistance
There are many resources available for employees affected by COVID-19:
MontanaWorks.gov – File for Unemployment
MontanaWorks.gov is the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s portal to support businesses and job seekers. It serves as a one-stop for applying for unemployment benefits.
Governor Steve Bullock announced emergency rules to make unemployment benefits accessible to workers laid off due to COVID-19 and waive the typical one-week waiting period before receiving benefits. The rules allow a claimant directed by their employer to leave work or not report to work due to COVID-19 to qualify as being temporarily laid off by the employer and eligible for benefits. Workers who must quarantine or who need to take care of a family member due to COVID-19 are also considered temporarily laid off and eligible for benefits. People who think they are eligible for these benefits can apply online at montanaworks.gov or call the Unemployment Insurance Division at (406) 444-2545.
Montana Department of Labor
The Montana Department of Labor prepared a Resource Guide for Employers and Employees for employers and employees with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about unemployment coverage and benefits. Their FAQ document is updated regularly to reflect the questions they are receiving from employers and employees regarding COVID-19.
Montana Legal Services Association
The Montana Legal Services Association is providing legal services by phone and email. Apply online or call the Helpline at 1-800-666-6899.
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.
Gallatin Valley Food Bank
As of now, food distribution is drive-through only Monday through Friday from 1PM – 4PM.
The Tuesday Evening Services and Mobile Service to Belgrade have been temporarily suspended.