HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – A new website for those who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits will accept applications in the coming days.
Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website will serve freelancers, independent contractors, concert workers and others not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, the State Department of Labor and Industry said on Friday .
The PUA is included in the new federal unemployment benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Rescue and Economic Security Act.
The ministry will announce when the AUP website is ready to accept requests. In the meantime, the ministry is encouraging Pennsylvanians who meet the eligibility criteria to start gathering the information they will need to file an accurate claim and receive benefits quickly.
PUA offers up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits. The AUP cannot be higher than the state’s maximum weekly benefit rate for UA 572 and cannot be less than half the average state’s weekly benefit amount of $ 195.
Payments will be backdated to January 27, 2020 or the first week that you were unable to work due to COVID-19 (whichever is later).
Benefits will end on December 31, 2020.
Information necessary for proof of employment or self-employment may include, but is not limited to:
- Copies of recent pay stubs
- Bank receipts showing deposits
- Billing notices provided to your customers
- Recent announcements for your business or services
- Recent customer statements
- Current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices
- Construction leases.
Information necessary to show past earnings may include, but is not limited to:
- Income tax returns
- Pay stubs
- Bank receipts
- Great books
- Billing statements
Individuals receiving PUA benefits will also be eligible for the additional $ 600 per week from the federal pandemic unemployment benefit program.