MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work

MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has developed a system to help employees to return to work.

It is a new online reporting system called ReStart MS.

MDES says the system was developed to assist the business community in transitioning employees, who were separated from their jobs due to COVID-19 back into the workforce.

“We are proud to announce this new system to assist employers as they reopen for business,” said Jackie Turner, Executive Director for MDES. “We hope Mississippi employers will utilize this tool to report information to MDES and use it to view the status of their employees filing for Unemployment Insurance benefits.”

ReStart MS provides employers with information on employees presently filing or who have previously filed for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Utilizing this system will aid in the prevention of improper unemployment payments and assist in getting the workforce back to work sooner.

ReStart MS allows employers to report:

• Rehires

• Refusal of Work

• Inability to Locate

• Potential Fraudulent / ID Theft Claims

Mississippi Law requires employers to report refusals to work within ten days of the date of refusal.

“Fraud is a major issue that we are working to combat. This new system allows employers to report fraudulent claims to MDES,” said Timothy Rush, Director of Re-Employment at MDES. “Since the report is coming directly from the employer, this will allow MDES to identify fraudulent claims and stop payments.”

For more information about ReStart MS, visit

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