Mass Layoff Employer Instructions
Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is here to help employers with your Mass Claim filing. To start the process, you will need an Excel Employee template. Export employee information into the Excel Employee template and start the process.
Staff identified in the BULLET EXCEPTION LIST below will need to file online at www.mdes.ms.gov, using our FILLABLE FORM CLAIM PROCESS, or by calling the MDES CONTACT CENTER at 1-888-844-3577.
Bullet Exception List
- Those who have worked for the military in the last 18 months
- Those who have worked for the federal government in the last 18 months
- Those who have worked out of state in the last 18 months
- Non US citizens
You are now ready to start the process.
Download the Mass Layoff Reporting Template here.
Provide the information requested in the form. Please note, this form requires Microsoft Excel. Return the form by using the following link and upload the completed file:
Click here and then click the “upload” button.
For steps 1 through 6 below: After the employer completes the upload process, the employer will email the information to MDES at: firstname.lastname@example.org . The system will automatically capture your contact information once it is uploaded. Please do not send your form by email.
Steps 1 through 6
- Employer Account Number(s):
EAN; Provide Federal Employer ID Number (FEIN) if EAN is unknown.
- Mass Layoff Effective Date:
(Must start with Sunday). Sunday begins the start day for a benefit week.
- Mass Layoff End Date:
(Must end with Saturday). Saturday of the last day of the claim week before employees return to work. Please note: The return date may be difficult to define under the current situation. Choosing a date in June, for instance, does not commit your layoff to extend that long.
- Last day worked:
This is the last day your staff reported to work.
- The filename:
This is your business name (i.e. business.xls)
- Date and Time:
Include date and time, or estimated time of your file, so we can easily locate it after the file transfer.
After the mass claim is completed, it is very important for employers to communicate the requirements to their employees.
These requirements are:
- Create a user id and password at www.mdes.ms.gov
- File your weekly certifications each week: There are two ways to file.
- Online at www.mdes.ms.gov or,
- Using our mobile app 2fileUI
For Unemployment Claims or Weekly Certifications, go here >
To get the mobile app, 2fileUI, go here >
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the FAQ links below for both employees and employers.
For Employees >