To mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 on businesses enrolled in the Missouri Works program, Governor Mike Parson has approved a statutory waiver of the following program requirements:
No benefits shall be available under this section for any qualified company that has performed significant, project-specific site work at the project facility, purchased machinery or equipment related to the project, or has publicly announced its intention to make new capital investment or manufacturing capital investment at the project facility prior to receipt of a proposal for benefits under this section or approval of its notice of intent, whichever occurs first. (§ 620.2010.8 RSMo)
Specific elements of the “full-time employee” definition in § 620.2005.1(9), RSMo. As a result, employees that worked an average of at least 35 hours per week and those whom the qualified company offers health insurance and pays at least fifty percent of such insurance premiums will be considered a “full-time employee” for the months they worked.
Who can qualify
The new waiver may help if you:
Have already received NOI approval, but have not yet begun receiving benefits, or
Did not receive any benefits, and your NOI was withdrawn or disqualified on or after March 13, 2020, or
Have experienced employee furloughs due to Covid-19.
How the waiver works
Rather than being disqualified for not meeting program requirements, businesses can submit a new Notice of Intent.
Previously submitted NOIs will be nullified, if they have not yet been disqualified or withdrawn, and only jobs and investment created after the new Notice of Intent will qualify for benefits.
In addition, the waiver allows furloughed employees to count as full-time employees for each month they worked for purposes of the program.
Submit a waiver request
To use this waiver, eligible participants must submit a waiver request before the expiration of the state of emergency. In addition to the waiver request, eligible participants must submit a new NOI (if applicable) to the Missouri Department of Economic Development within 12 months of the expiration of the state of emergency. At the time of the new NOI’s approval, the existing NOI will be nullified if it has not yet been disqualified or withdrawn.
This waiver will remain in effect until the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 21-07