Many States have adopted a range of helpful policies to expand access to UI benefits. In addition, the federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide UI benefits related to COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance clarifying what measures states can take to improve access to unemployment insurance (UI) for workers who lose their jobs or are temporarily separated from work due to the coronavirus. Some measures include:
Below is a summary of the state provisions adopted. Select your state to learn more.
President Trump has issued a Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Read more about it here to understand what it mean for you.
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The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) for individuals.
The program provides $250 billion for an extended unemployment insurance program and expanded eligibility. The program also offered workers an additional $600 per week for four months, on top of what state programs pay; however, this ended on July 31, 2020. On the other hand, the program extends UI benefits through Dec. 31, 2020 for eligible workers. The deal applies to the self-employed, independent contractors and gig economy workers.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
PEUC benefits are available to anyone who is no longer eligible for other kinds of unemployment benefits from the date the state signed its agreement with the Department of Labor.
If a person exhausts PEUC benefits, they should be eligible for PUA benefits according to Labor Department guidance.
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC)
PUC ended on July 31, 2020. Before it ended the program allowed all regular UI and PUA claimants will receive their usual calculated benefit plus an additional $600 per week in compensation.PUA Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
These benefits help provide assistance to people who do NOT qualify for regular unemployment insurance (IU) benefits because they don’t make enough money to qualify, have exhausted their state UI benefits, including Extended Benefits, or because they have lost a gig work or self-employment because of the pandemic.
Applicants will need to provide self-certification that they are:
(1) partially or fully unemployed, OR
(2) unable and unavailable to work because of one of the following circumstances:
OR are (3) self-employed (and have lost work), OR
(4) seeking part-time employment, OR
(5) do not have sufficient work history to qualify for UI, or otherwise do not qualify for state UI.
People who can telework with pay, and anyone receiving paid sick or paid leave benefits cannot receive PUA.
People eligible for PUA can receive up to 39 weeks of benefits, through 31 December 2020. There is no waiting week for the benefits.
The Alabama Department of Labor has issued answers to FAQs regarding COVIC-19 UI benefits, as well as updated legislation that waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. The requirement that a laid-off worker be “able and available” to work while receiving unemployment compensation benefits has been modified for claimants who are affected by COVID-19. Additionally, claimants will also not have to search for other work provided they take reasonable steps to preserve their ability to come back to that job when the quarantine is lifted or the illness subsides.
UI benefits are available to citizens who are totally or partially unemployed due to no fault of their own. If the employer required you to stay home but did not offer remote working, you might be eligible for benefits if you met the monetary and weekly eligibility criteria.
Learn more on Alabama’s Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) page or on the Alabama Department of Labor’s page.
PUA: Alabama will begin processing these claims effective April 13, 2020. This benefit is retroactive to January 27, 2020.
PUC: Alabama began paying these benefits on April 8, 2020.
PEUC: Alabama will begin processing these claims effective April 20, 2020.
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The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued updated legislation and answers to FAQs regarding COVID-19 UI benefits. Alaska has waived the one-week waiting period. The limit on the number of dependents has also been removed and the allowance per dependent increased from $24 to $75 per week.
This covers both quarantined people, those who have to stay home and provide dependent care as well as those who lost their jobs due to its business shutting own operations.
PUA: Program is up and running and will be available through Dec. 26, 2020. (Benefit Payment Q&A)PUC: Payment was made available on April 4, 202o and ended on July 25, 2020. (Payment Q&A).
The Department of Economic Security is temporarily suspending the “actively seeking work” requirement. What this means is that for the duration of the emergency declaration an individual will no longer be required to look for work and apply for other employment while collecting unemployment insurance benefits. The Department is also temporarily suspended the waiting week.
UI benefits are available to (1) workers whose employer has permanently or temporarily ceased or drastically reduced operations due to COVID-19 resulting in a reduction of wages; (2) workers who, due to requirements that the individual be quarantined, are separated from employment and do not have any available paid leave even if the individual has an expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; (3) workers who leave employment due to a risk of exposure or infection and are a member of a population that is particularly susceptible to COVID19; (4) workers who leave employment to care for a family member who has been infected with COVID19; or (5) workers who for any other scenario are separated from work for reasons related to COVID-19.
Learn more on the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s page on COVID-19.
PUA: If you already applied for UI benefits and you think you may be eligible for PUA the Department will contact you when further action is needed. Keep a record of your earnings each week as this information will be required to determine your eligibility when PUA is implemented. Application was available from April 1-June 1, 2020.
PUC: These benefits will begin to pay out starting the week of April 13. Retroactive payments will also be made for the weeks starting March 29. Individuals will not have to submit additional paperwork to qualify, it will be applied on top of their existing benefits.
PEUC: Applications opened on June 7, 2020. Check the PEUC notice page for more information.
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services announced thateffective for claims filed on or after March 16, 2020, work search requirements have been waived for a period of thirty (30) days, or through the week ending April 18, 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Therefore, claimants will not be required to register or search for work during the thirty (30) day waive period.
Workers will not be required to seek new employment. It is recommended that the business provide a letter to their workers with a specific return work date that is within 10 weeks of their last day of work. This letter will expedite the process. Affected workers should provide this letter to Department of Workforce Services (DWS).
Workers are eligible for UI benefits if a business has a temporary reduction in its workforce for a period of 10 weeks or less. The DWS has also provided Common Questions and Answers guide, as well as a Notice to Individuals Inquiring About the Availability of UI Benefits As A Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services launched a new website to handle unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
PUA: Arizona announced the launch of this program on May 12, 2020. Benefits were only available through July 25, 2020.PUC: DWS is reviewing the guidance and planning implementation procedures. More information on when and how to apply for these new programs will be released soon.
You can be eligible for benefits if you have enough earnings over the past 12-18 months and meet other eligibility criteria. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the Employment Development Department (EDD) processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. Additionally, quarantined workers are entitled to UI.
Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week.
Learn more on California’s EDD page on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
PUA: The EDD has launched a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page to keep you informed of eligibility requirements and the around-the-clock effort to build this new program from the CARES Act. The EDD began accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28. Benefits extened through December 26, 2020.
PUC: For the week ending April 11, the EDD will begin issuing the new $600 additional unemployment benefit payments funded by the federal government. Visit the Latest News for Workers for the details. Benefits ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: EDD offers and additional 13-week extension of benefits paid for by the federal government when someone exhausts their regular state UI benefits. Benefits are available between March 29, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
On April 20, 2020, Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) began taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act, paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information. Self-employed and gig workers: you will need to provide either a 2018 or 2019 tax return as part of your application. Claimants do not need to take action to receive the additional $600 weekly benefit amount.
The Department has also provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Program. Check the page regularly for the latest information.
PUA: CDLE began offering Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) on March 29, 2020.
PUC: CDLE stopped issuing Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: If you have exhausted your regular unemployment benefits, you may be eligible for either Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The program began on March 29, 2020 and end on December 26, 2020. In order to receive these benefits you must visit the CDLE page to file a claim.
Connecticut's Department of Labor is suspending the requirement that workers applying for new unemployment benefits directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic be actively searching for work. They have also removed the waiting week requirement.
Unemployment benefits are available to workers whose employer needs to temporarily shut down or slow down business. Employees who are furloughed by the emergency but expect to return to work can access up to at least six weeks of benefits. Employers reducing hours but not furloughing employees can partner with CTDOL’s Shared Work program, which allows employers to reduce employees’ work schedules by 10 percent to 60 percent and supplement lost wages with unemployment benefits.
Connecticut unemployment insurance already excluded the waiting period other states have removed. Learn more on Connecticut’s Unemployment Insurance FAQ page.
The CT Labor Department is working diligently to analyze the federal pandemic relief details found within the CARES Act and ask that you check these FAQs DAILY for updates.
PUA: CTDOL is expecting applications for PUA to be available by April 30, 2020. The program ends on December 26, 2020.
PUC: Implementation date is expected by April 25, 2020, with payment by April 27, 2020. Payments ended July 25, 2020.
PEUC: CTDOL started mailing eligibility letters on May 22, 2020. Emergency Unemployment Compensation is set to end of December 26, 2020.
D.C. Council passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. The emergency legislation extends availability of unemployment compensation to employees affected by COVID-19 and the public health emergency.
The Council’s COVID-19 measures also allow eligible workers to receive their unemployment benefits more quickly—as soon as they apply for them, without the usual one-week waiting period. Workers also are not required to be actively looking for work in order to receive unemployment benefits.
Affected employees who can access the extended unemployment compensation benefits include:
More information on who is covered—and how unemployment insurance coverage intersects with paid sick leave and workers’ compensation during the COVID-19 crisis—is shown in the chart from the District Department of Employment Services (DOES).
PUA: You may submit PUA claims backdated to February 2, 2020 —as long as your unemployment was due to a COVID-19 related reason— through December 26, 2020. Applicants should check for updates on the website and email email@example.com to sign up for updates.
PUC: The additional $600 is retroactive to first week of eligibility after March 29. Additional $600 payment ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: Benefit will be automatically updated if you qualify, are currently receiving benefits, and once technical systems are modified. Benefits end on December 31, 2020.
The Delaware Department of Labor expanded UI benefits to workers affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Delaware has issued new guidelines to enhance the flexibility of Delaware’s unemployment insurance program to provide cash assistance to many Delaware workers whose employment has been impacted directly by coronavirus (COVID-19) and who would not typically qualify for benefits.
The new Unemployment Insurance guidelines to be issued by the Secretary of Labor are as follows:
PUA: If you have completed a regular UI application, letters approving or denying PAU were mailed beginning May 11, 2020.
PUC: Beginning March 29, 2020, for any week you are eligible to receive PEUC benefits, you will also be eligible for the $600 additional federal payment. Payment began during the week of April 5th and ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: If your benefits exhausted or expired between the dates of July 1, 2019 and Saturday, April 18, 2020, you will need to apply for the 13-week extension after 8:00 AM on Sunday April 19, 2020 by visiting the Delaware UI Website and completing an application for benefits. If you are currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits and they will not exhaust or expire until after Sunday April 19, 2020, you do not have to take any action. When your current benefits have been exhausted, your additional 13-week extension will automatically begin.back to top
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity updated its UI guidelines for workers and employers impacted by COVID-19. The guidelines include:
Workers who may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance include: 1) those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency; 2) those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns; or 3) those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Due to the staggering number of new unemployment claims submitted to CONNECT, Florida’s website for processing online applications, many applicants experienced errors and glitches that prevented them from filing successfully.
To address this problem, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has launched a unemployment website that streamlines the application process. If you can’t access a computer or mobile device with internet access, you can now mail in a paper application for Florida unemployment assistance.
PUA: Floridians who are self-employed, nonprofit workers or contractors — including gig economy workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers — do not typically qualify for state benefits. However, the CARES Act allows these workers to apply for $600 per week in federal benefits by filing through Florida’s unemployment system. As of April 9, 2020, the state is still developing a process to accept these claims.
PUC: This program provided $600 additional benefit will be added to unemployment compensation received. Payments ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: Through PEUC, Floridians may be eligible for up to $275 in weekly benefits beginning March 29, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. All claimants participating in PEUC will still be required to claim weeks on a biweekly basis, certifying that they remain unemployed and are able and available for work during the weeks they are receiving PEUC.back to top
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) created a section on its website which details new information on how to file for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims and reemployment services. The guidelines issues by Georgia Department of Labor include:
Workers who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 public health emergency who have an expectation of returning to work when the emergency ceases shall be considered involuntarily unemployed through no fault of their own. This rule shall apply to all claims filed on or after March 14, 2020, including but not be limited to an individual: (a) Quarantined or self quarantined on the advice of a licensed medical professional; (b) Sixty (60) or more years of age; (c) With a recognized medical condition making that individual particularly susceptible to COVID-19; (d) Who is a caregiver and resides with someone who is sixty or more years of age or with a recognized medical condition that makes that person more susceptible to COVID-19; or (e) Who is a custodial parent or legal guardian of a minor whose school is closed due to COVID-19 and is unable to secure childcare.
PUA: Beginning on April 4, 2020 GDOL began sending out letters accepting or denying PUA applications after received and reviewed for eligibility. The application process does it best to verity your income through acceptable proof of wages; however, if you feel something is wrong you may appeal.
PUC: This supplement was an additional payment to regular weekly state unemployment benefits and included all eligible weeks beginning with the week ending April 4, 2020 and ending on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: If you have been receiving regular UI benefits and those benefits are exhausted, PEUC will automatically begin, and you do not have to take any further action. Benefits end on December 26, 2020.
Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations released a fact sheet that explains the UI requirements. The State waived the one-week waiting period and suspended the requirement to search for three jobs weekly.
PUA: You can complete the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance application by visiting the Hawaii PUA site. The application can be completed in under 30 minutes if you have the required documentation and information easily accessible.
PUC: Enrollment for this benefit was automatic is you were eligible. Benefits expired on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: The PEUC program provides 13 additional weeks of UI benefits for those who have exhausted their regular claim and have a claim that expired on or after July 6, 2019. The DLIR has created a graphic for easy application steps.
Idaho Governor signed an executive order that waived the waiting week for all claims filed on or after March 8, 2020. Parties are also given an additional 14 days to appeal claims decisions beyond the normal 14 days. Claimants are eligible if isolated and unavailable to work at the request of a medical professional, employer, or local health district AND will be returning to their employers. Idaho Department of Labor released FAQs about Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19.
PUA: First payments will occur in May. Payable weeks start on Feb. 2, 2020 and end December 26, 2020.
PUC: Benefits began on March 29, 2020 and ended on July 25, 2020.PEUC: This program adds an additional 13 weeks to a claimant’s unemployment benefits claim once they exhaust benefits beginning on May 5, 2020. Benefits are payable beginning with the week of March 29, 2020 and ending on the week of Dec. 26, 2020. You can apply online and will be sent a confirmation when the application is complete.
PUA: After you have been denied to regular UI benefits, you can file a PUA claim online.
PUC: These benefits began on the week of March 29, 2020, and provided an additional $600 each week above regular unemployment benefits. These benefits ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: If you have exhausted regular unemployment benefits, a Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim will be filed for you and up to 13 additional weeks of PEUC benefits will be added to your balance.back to top
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has developed the following COVID-19 response actions in relation to UI benefits:
PUA: You must to file a state claim, even if you know you will be denied, before you can be considered eligible for PUA. Applications opened on April 24, 2020. See the DWD’s list of FAQs for more information.PUC: If you were eligible for regular UI or were eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUA), you may have been eligible to receive the $600; however, these benefits ended on July 25, 2020.
PUA: For those who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, and gig economy workers, who are not eligible for regular UI benefits may be eligible for PUA. If you have not completed an UI claim, you can do so online.
PUC: These benefits began on the week of April 13, 2020. Deposits began on April 16, 2020. Benefits ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: The first payments began on the week beginning March 29, 2020 and the last payable week is the week ending December 26, 2020. Information outlining benefits and implementation can be found here.
The Kentucky Career Center has implemented new changes to Kentucky’s unemployment rules.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission issued new guidance for UI benefits in response to COVID-19. The changes mean more people may be eligible for unemployment insurance.
Those who may qualify include:
Under the new guidance, the following provisions have been updated:
Maine’s Department of Labor enacted temporary legislation help relieve the financial burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and medically-necessary quarantine by making unemployment benefits available to individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. The legislation temporarily revises eligibility requirement to provide unemployment coverage in situations not typically covered, such as:
The legislation also waives the work search requirement for individuals still connected to their employer and waives the one-week waiting period so that benefits will be available sooner. In addition, any benefits paid under these provisions would not affect the employer’s experience rating record. Maine’s Emergency Legislation FAQ provides more answers.
These new programs are complex, and we are working to implement them as quickly as possible. Maine's Department of Labor has created a Unemployment Programs Guide to provide updated information to individuals.
PUA: Those who have exhausted all available benefits already or are self-employed should apply for PUA after being denied regular UI. These benefits are available from February 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
The legislation allows the state to extend temporary unemployment benefits to workers who have to be quarantined or whose employers temporarily close. The legislation also makes people eligible for benefits when they have to leave their jobs due to risk of exposure or to care for an infected family member. Maryland provides answers to FAQ’s about COVID-19 and UI Benefits on their UI Benefits Administration page.
The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor (MDDOL) has ordered that for ten weeks, effective March 20, 2020, a temporary exemption from the work search requirements for individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The exemption applies to both current and new recipients, and it means that unemployment recipients in Maryland do not have to search for work.
Maryland provides answers to FAQ’s about COVID-19 and UI Benefits on their UI Benefits Administration page.
PUA: This program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to those who are not eligible for traditional UI benefits. The link to the application can be found on the MDUI page.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), have taken a series of actions to assist workers and employees.
For current unemployment claims:
EOLWD and DUA are filing emergency regulations that will allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment if their workplace is shut down and expects to reopen in four or fewer weeks. The following conditions apply:
Employers who are impacted by COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day grace period to file quarterly reports and pay contributions. Massachusetts is continuing to update their site with Important Unemployment benefits Information and Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The UI benefits under this new program are not yet available and DUA now says they will become available on April 30. For more information and updates about UI and COVID-19, see the website for the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA): www.mass.gov/dua.
PUA: This assistance is available to people who can provide “self-certification” that they are otherwise able and available to work, but are prevented from doing so by one of the COVID-19 related circumstances listed on the DUA website. PUA benefits are not payable to individuals who are eligible for regular unemployment benefits, so it is best to complete a regular UI application first, if you haven’t done so already.
Under Executive Order 2020-10 (COVID-19), Michigan has temporarily expanded its UI benefits eligibility to include the following:
Minnesota's Department of Unemployment Insurance (MDUI) has provided a resource for individuals to determine theireligibility for unemployment benefits. Their fact sheet Unemployment Benefits provides information on the regular rules for unemployment benefits.
An Executive order issued by the governor waives the non-payable week under state law, to allow applicants to have access to unemployment benefits as quickly as possible. While applicants for unemployment benefits must actively seek suitable employment, the order clarifies that “suitable work” does not include jobs that pose a risk to an applicant’s health or the health of others.
Additionally, applicants who have been temporarily laid off, or are not laid off but have reduced hours, may also be eligible for benefits. If an applicant has been laid off temporarily, they can meet work search requirements by staying in contact with their current employer. The order also waives the ordinary five-week benefit limitation for business owners who have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19 and are otherwise eligible for benefits.
On March 21, 2020, the Governor signed Executive Order No. 1462 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic to help employees and employers during this state of emergency. The changes associated with this include the following:
Workers may file a claim for unemployment benefits who are affected based upon the measures below: 1) those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency; 2) those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employers due to COVID-19 concerns; 3) those who are diagnosed with COVID-19; Or 4) those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19. Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) provies more resources for workers impacted by COVID-19.
PUA: You can apply for PUA assistance now. If you have filed and been denied for regular unemployment since off work due to COVID-19, you do not have to file a new claim. You will be notified of your potential PUA eligibility and any action needed on your part. You should continue to file your weekly certifications.
PUC: This $600 federal benefit began on the week ending with April 4, 2020 and ended on July 25, 2020.PEUC: If you are already getting benefits, you do not need to do anything to get the expanded benefits. Benefits will continue automatically add the 13 week extension. Keep an eye on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security for PEUC updates.
Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR) Division of Employment Security (DES) continues to process unemployment claims. All the DES staff are performing essential functions to support Missouri’s workers and employers in response to this public health crisis. Missouri has waived the waiting week. Weekly work search requirements are not required when there is a recall date within eight weeks of the temporary lay-off. These provisions apply to those quarantined individuals as well as those self quarantined and those told to stay home, but not offered telework. Missouri provides a helpful guide to what workers need to know about UI benefits.PUA: Missouri is processing PUA claims beginning with the week of April 19, 2020. To be eligible for a PUA claim, individuals must first file a regular unemployment claim and be found ineligible. Most self-employed individuals who file a claim will receive a notice that they are not an insured worker. This is because they are not covered under the regular unemployment insurance system.
Montana has implemented emergency rules to streamline UI benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. 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.
Additionally, the emergency rules allow DLI to waive the one week waiting period before typically receiving benefits to ensure Montanans don’t experience a long gap without a paycheck.
Montana employers will also receive help through these rules. Individual claims will not be chargeable to a specific employer’s account. The rules also include a provision that could extend the time employers have to file wage reports and pay unemployment insurance contributions if the delay is related to COVID-19.
PUA: You can now complete a regular unemployment claim online. PUA benefits were created for those who are ineligible for regular UI benefits. You will automatically considered for PUA if you are denied regular UI.
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), Employment Security Division has waived the work search requirement and the 7-day wait period for approved unemployment insurance benefits. Nevada UI Information for Claimants and Employers provides more recourses for UI benefits as a response to COVID-19.
UI available for eligible individuals “who are out of work and no longer receiving pay from their employer as a consequence of COVID-19, if otherwise eligible.”
PUA: The PUA program is available retroactive to February 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020 and provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular UI. Monitor updated information at the DETR COVID-19 Information for Claimants and Employers page for future instructions on filing for benefits under the PUA program.
New Hampshire residents who are laid off, in quarantine, caring for family members or watching over children are now eligible for immediate financial assistance. You are able to apply for UI benefits if:
These new benefits will be available very soon and the Department has been working around the clock to implement as quickly as possible. Please continue to file your claims and check this website for updated information. There is nothing you need to do to access these new benefits other than continue to file your weekly claims.
It is unclear if New Jersey is suspending the active search requirement, but the New Jersey Division of Unemployment Insurance is advisingthat applicants waiting to be recalled to their present job, or delaying their job search until this natural emergency ends or subsides, should answer “YES” when asked if they are actively seeking work when certifying for benefits each week
UI available to (a) people out of work because employer voluntarily closed or was ordered closed; (b) workers who have less hours available due to business slow down or lack of demand. UI may be available, on a case by case basis, where employers stay open in defiance of public health urging to close and worker refuses to work.
PUA: These benefits are available to individuals who are ineligible for regular UI. You may be eligible for UI benefits and should first apply online. If denied, you are also likely eligible for benefits under PUA, since ineligibility for regular unemployment is a prerequisite for receiving these expanded benefits due to COVID-19. In this case, you will need to gather the last two years of your tax returns, or other evidence of income history, which will be necessary for processing your claim once the federal rules are established. The PUA benefits can be paid retroactively for periods of unemployment beginning or after January 27, 2020. Additional details will be posted online as they become available.
The state of New Mexico began assisting workers whose hours are reduced or who are laid off because of the COVID-19 public health emergency with applications for UI benefits. Under the emergency provision to the UIrules, the work search requirement for affected workers has been waived for up to 4 weeks by the Department of Workforce Solutions. You may be eligible if the situations described below apply to you:
New Mexico provides a Fact Sheet for more information and guidance.
PUA: PUA is now available. The link "Apply for PUA Benefits" will appear in the left navigation on your Unemployment Insurance claim homepage only if you have completed step 1 (applying for regular state Unemployment Insurance) and were deemed ineligible on your “Monetary Determination.”
PUC: For this program there was no additional action you need to take beyond filing your weekly certification. Benefits ended on July 25, 2020.
New York State enacted the CARES Act to provide enhanced UI benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers. Here’s what you need to know.
The bill provides for an additional 13 weeks offered by the federal government after state benefits are no longer available through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. That means for a state with 26 weeks of coverage, the total would be extended to 39 weeks.
The bill waives the waiting period for unemployment benefits due to a business closure for reasons related to COVID-19 or a mandatory order to close the employer.
New York’s Department of Labor has issued a helpful guideline for individuals seeking UI benefits through the CARES Act.
PUA: You can file a PUA application online at labor.ny.gov. Please note, you cannot apply for PUA until you have been determined ineligible for UI benefits. You must apply for UI before you apply for PUA. These benefits end December 27, 2020.
The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is providing the following guidance to help people understand the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus on unemployment insurance benefits. Under the new guidance, the following provisions have been updated:
UI available to workers who, as a result of COVID-19, are: (a) separated from employment; (b) have had their hours of employment reduced; (c) are prevented from working due to a medical condition caused by COVID19; (d) are prevented from working due to communicable disease control measures, which include quarantine or isolation directives or orders related to COVID-19 issued by the State of North Carolina, the federal government, a local governmental entity, or a medical or public health professional
The North Carolina Department of Commerce has published a guide to help claimants file properly.
Updates about eligibility and how to apply for these benefits can be found here.
PUA: Apply for benefits beginning April 24, 2020. If you are currently receiving regular UI benefits, you are not eligible.If you applied and were denied for regular UI benefits before April 24, 2020 may need to submit additional information to determine whether you are eligible for PUA. NC Department of Commerce provides an easy PUA guide.
Pusuant to an signed an executive order, Job Service North Dakota has suspended the work search requirement for individuals whose unemployment is related to COVID-19, and is waiving the mandatory one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits a
PUA: Job Service is now able to accept online claims from independent contractors, gig economy workers, self-employed individuals, and workers who would not qualify for regular UI benefits. The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits starting on January 27, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020.
An executive order issued by Ohio’s governor expands flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio's emergency declaration period. The following provisions have been updated:
Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services page on Coronavirus and UI Benefits provides more information for employers and employees.
PUA: This program provides assistance to individuals who do not qualify for regular UI benefits. The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of benefits ending on December 31, 2020. Ohio department of Job and Family Service offers a PUA application guide.
PEUC: This program offers 13 weeks of additional benefits for people who have exhausted all other benefits. When your regular benefits are about to expire, ODJFS will send you a written notice with instructions to file for PEUC benefits.
Governor Stitt amended Executive Order 2020-07 to include suspension of the required one week waiting period in order for unemployment insurance benefits to be paid to qualified claimants.
UI is available to individuals “who have experienced a loss of work due to no fault of their own when suitable work is not available.”
Oklahoma’s Employment Security Commission page on Coronavirus and UI provides more information.
OESC is working with Federal and State Officials on continuing efforts for Unemployment Insurance Program to continue to meet the basic needs of life and to continue to help stimulate Oklahoma’s economy. OESC will provide information to all customers as the agency is informed by Federal and State authorities.
PUA: If you are not eligible for UI benefits, you may be eligible to receive PUA. You must apply for regular UI benefits first before you can apply for PUA. You can start by creating an account.
PEUC: This program provides up to an extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefits for individuals who have exhausted their regular UI benefits. Payment is available from March 29, 2020 through December 26, 2020. While some people will have to apply for this benefit, others will get it automatically. OESC specifies who should complete an application.
The Oregon Employment Department provides unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to most workers who are out of work through no fault of their own. To get benefits, workers must meet some requirements. The Employment Department provides updated information specific to COVID-19 issues and unemployment insurance. Oregon’s Employment Department adopted a temporary rule ( Executive Order 20-11). This rule gets rid of the “actively seeking work” requirement to receiving UI.
As of April 7, 2020, WorkSource Oregon centers are not accepting in-person appointments.
UI is available to workers who: (a) mildly ill with COVID-19; (b) exposed to COVID-19 and quarantined; (c) caring for family member who is sick with coronavirus or subject to mandatory quarantine; (d) caring for child due to COVID-19 school closures; (e) work for employer that has ceased or curtailed operations due to COVID-19, including closures or curtailments based on direction or advice of Governor or public health officials, or due to business slowdown/lack of demand; (f) work for employer that has reduced available hours due to business slowdown/lack of demand (g) refuse to work in violation of a mandatory quarantine or Governor’s directive regarding limiting activities to stop spread of virus, and quits or discharged as a result.
Oregon’s Employment Department COVID-19 page provides more information.
PUA: If you are not eligible for UI benefits, you may be eligible to receive PUA. You must apply for regular UI benefits first before you can apply for PUA. The Oregon Employment Department website offers instructions for filing an application, the application itself, and the link to the required weekly certification.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry has updated its site to provide important employment benefit updates as the situation evolves. The following rules have been temporarily suspended due to the emergency declaration to make it easier to file for UC benefits:
Additionally, Pennsylvanians will be able to apply for benefits in 3-4 week increments for a maximum of 39 weeks under the CARES Act. Pennsylvania’s Office of Unemployment Compensation directs individuals to apply using the online system first to determine eligibility.
PUA: You can now apply for PUA, expanded eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits.
PUC: This program offered an extra $600 payment. This benefit ended on July 25, 2020.
Rhode Island’s governor signed a declaration allowing the State to access additional resources to supplement its response to COVID-19. Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT), has updated its regulation to expand access to the Unemployment Insurance (UI). The emergency regulations will:
Workers may be eligible for UI if: (a) workplace closes temporarily; (b) directed by employer to remain home; (c) have to stay out of work to care for children due to quarantine, illness, or school closings; (d) impacted by COVID2019 and quarantined and unable to work.
The DLT has also provided a helpful fact sheet to assist individuals in navigating questions and eligibility.
PUA: You can apply for PUA and emergency unemployment insurance benefits here.
PUC: This program offered an additional $600 per week. Payments ended on July 25, 2020.
South Carolina’s governor signed an Executive Order that waived the one-week waiting period for individuals seeking UI. The order also allows South Carolina workers furloughed but still receiving some form of payment from employers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to receive unemployment benefits
Workers may be eligible for UI under following circumstances: a) if an employer must shut down operations and no work is available; b) if an employer must lay off employees due to the loss of production caused by the coronavirus; c) if an employer reduces the number of hours an employee works.
The Department of Employment & Workforce has also provided a helpful hub to assist individuals in navigating questions and eligibility regarding UI benefits and COVID-19.
PUA: This program offers benefits to those who would not otherwise qualify for unemployment insurance. To be considered, you must first complete a regular UI application, and be denied. South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce provides a detailed PUA packed.
South Dakota has implemented a new bill tor evise certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019. The law waives the non-paid waiting week required before an individual may receive unemployment benefits, effective until the declared state of emergency ends. The waiver period applies to weekly requests for payment filed for the week ending April 4, 2020, and forward.
Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits are available if: (a) test positive for COVID19 & temporarily unable to work; (b) out of work because employer closed due to COVID-19;
The South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation has also provided a helpful fact sheet to assist individuals in navigating questions and eligibility.
PUA: You may file your initial claim online or by phone to determine your eligibility for state unemployment benefits or PUA benefits.
PUC: The additional $600 weekly payment was paid regularly until July 25, 2020. The benefits have now ended.
By Executive Order, the Tennessee Governor suspended the waiting period. Workers may be eligible for UI benefits if a) employer closes to help slow the spread of the virus and temporarily has to lay off employees; b) if claimant left work after being directed by a medical professional or health authority to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19, who intends to return to work, and who is otherwise eligible for benefits.
If employer continues to pay at a reduced rate during the time the business is closed employee may file a claim but must report those payments during weekly certification. The payment from employer may be deducted from weekly UI benefit amount.
PUA: This program offers benefits to those who would not otherwise qualify for unemployment insurance. To be considered, you must first complete a regular UI application, and be denied. Benefits began on April 4, 2020.
PEUC: PEUC provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation to individuals who have exhausted all other benefits if you have exhausted all of your benefits, Tennessee requires that you refile your claim on the website to receive this emergency benefit.
UI benefits may be available if: (a) worker self-quarantined (not mandated) and has COVID-19; (b) subject to employer ordered quarantine and not earning pay for time off or allowed to use PTO; (c) subject to government ordered quarantine; (d) stay home to care for a sick family member and lose job, if family member is your minor child; (e) employer closes business indefinitely or permanently b/c of pandemic and lays off all staff; (f) employer closes business for specific period of time and lays off all staff, and does not allow use of paid leave; (g) employer keeps business open but reduces hours.
Additionally, The CARES Act will expand unemployment insurance in Texas. Recipients will receive an additional $600 per week on top of what the state of Texas pays per week in unemployment until July 25, 2020.If you have already applied for unemployment benefits, DO NOT APPLY AGAIN. TWC will determine which pandemic unemployment benefits program you are eligible for and notify you by mail or electronic correspondence. Make sure to request benefit payment on the date listed on the filing instructions we provided you when you apply, and every two weeks after that on your filing day.
Utah's Department of Workforce Services continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of the Governor’s Office. UI benefits available to worker when: 1) employer temporarily ceased operations with the expectation that worker will return to work; 2) worker is quarantined, but not showing symptoms, and will return to work; 3) worker is able and available (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), but are unable to go to work because place of employment has been quarantined.
Worker may be eligible for UI if worker was full-time and hours reduced due to COVID19. Report earnings which will then determine how much or if the worker is eligible for unemployment benefits. DWS has provided a helpful FAQ for COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Questions for Employees.
PUA: The PUA application is now available. The application is only available online and must be completed fully prior to submission. However, since this benefit is only available to people who do not qualify for regular UI benefits, you must apply for regular benefits and be denied before you can complete the PUA applications.
To ensure that workers affected by COVID-19 have access to wage replacement programs, Executive Order NO. 01-20, issued by the governor, directed the Vermont Department of Labor to enact certain guidelines to help extend unemployment insurance (UI) to more Vermonters. The new provisions found in the Administrative Memo No. 1: Expanding Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Response to COVID-19 include:
Virginia has also issued a guide to answer frequently asked questions from workers regarding COVID-19.
PUA: The PUA application is available now. This program will provide benefits to those who are not covered by the regular Virginia UI benefits. Before completing the PUA application linked above, make sure you have applied, and been denied, for regular UI benefits.
Washington Employment Security Department has issued a statement to provide guidance for workers affected by COVID-19. The Department has adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. Some of the most recent changes include:
Workers may receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to shut down operations temporarily; worker is mildly ill with COVID-19; worker was exposed and remains quarantined; worker is immunocompromised and advised to self-quarantine; worker follows advice of public health and gov’t officials to self-quarantine and chooses not to go to work; employer reduces hours available.
Washington State has provided an easy-to-read comparison guide that lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply.
PUA: You must apply for regular unemployment benefits before you can apply for the expanded benefits for people impacted by COVID-19. Once you have applied, and been denied, the department will decide whether you qualify for PUA.
Individuals who are separated from employment, have had their hours of employment reduced, or are prevented from working due to either a documented medical condition caused by COVID-19 or due to communicable disease control measures related to COVID-19 are eligible for these benefits according to an Executive Order . Additionally, WorkForce West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Commerce to provide unemployment benefits to those affected by COVID-19 and administer them to the maximum extent permitted by federal law.
Workers are eligible for UI benefits who, due to a documented medical condition caused by COVID19 or due to quarantine; isolation directives; orders relating to the closure or limitation of occupancy of certain types of businesses or facilities to limit the spread of COVID-19; or other orders related to COVID-19, are separated from employment, have their hours of employment reduced, or are prevented from working.
PUA: You must apply for regular unemployment benefits before you can apply for the expanded benefits for people impacted by COVID-19. Once you have applied, and been denied, you may file a PUA claim.
PUC: This benefit, which provided an additional $600 weekly, ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: This program provides an 13 weeks benefits to those who have exhausted their other benefits. You should automatically be eligible for this program once you have a zero credit on your benefits. Payment is available until December 31, 2020. For more information please view with West Virginia Workforce FAQs.
Wisconsin’s governor has issued an Emergency Order with new provisions to help workers affected by COVID-19. The new provisions include the following:
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has provided answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-10 and Unemployment Benefits for claimants and employers.
PUA: Effective April 21, 2020 you can apply for PUA online. This program is available to workers who do not qualify for Regular UI benefits. Because of this you must apply, and be denied, regular UI benefits before you may be considered for PUA.
PUC: This benefit, which provided an additional $600 weekly, ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: This program provides an 13 weeks benefits to those who have exhausted their other benefits. The department began taking claims on June 24, 2020 and benefits end on December 31, 2020. Wisconsin offers a PEUC FAQ sheet to help you understand whether you need to reapply for PEUC benefits.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services stands ready to assist those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Wyoming has waived the work search requirement if employers made temporary layoff and requests the employee be job attached for up to 12 weeks.
Workers “may be eligible” if they meet monetary criteria and federal weekly eligibility criteria, and: (a) employer must shut down operations and no work is available; (b) employer must lay off employees due to loss of production caused by COVID-19.
PUA: This program is available to workers who do not qualify for regular UI benefits. Because of this you must apply, and be denied, regular UI benefits before you may be considered for PUA.
PUC: This benefit, which provided an additional $600 weekly, ended on July 25, 2020.
PEUC: This program provides an 13 weeks benefits to those who have exhausted their other benefits. The program ends on December 26, 2020. Wyoming Department of Workforce Services provides a walk through sheet for applying for PEUC.
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