Full Employment Award
Annually, the Institute selects a winner of its Full Employment Best Practices Award. The award is given to a state Unemployment Insurance agency, workforce agency or individual best exemplifying a commitment and dedication to reemployment of UI claimants.
2020 Full Employment Best Practices Award
February 3, 2021
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Full Employment Best Practices Award: the Georgia Department of Labor and the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
This award is given to states or individuals exhibiting an exceptional commitment to helping job seekers return to work.
Despite having to handle an exponential increase in unemployment insurance (UI) claims amid the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression, both states were able to not only sustain but strongly improve their reemployment initiatives.
Georgia focused on four key initiatives:
- Quickly converting RESEA to 100% virtual
- Optimizing online services for employee recruitment and rapid response
- Reinstating work search requirements in early August
- Incentivizing work by increasing the wage allowance to $300
- Maintaining and modernizing the RESEA engagement and enhancing completion rates
- Reinstating work search requirements in July
- Integrating the state’s online claim system and real-time job information system
- Reassessing all reemployment practices and implementing virtual processes
You can read the details of each state’s initiatives at: