With this implementation, Job Service is now able to accept online claims from independent contractors, gig economy workers, freelancers and workers who may have exhausted the benefits available to them in under the normal unemployment insurance scheme.
Although the claims are granted, the United States Department of Labor has not yet provided guidance to fully process these claims and has told states not to process or pay benefits until they have provided the required rules and guidelines. The guidelines are expected to be provided to all states within the next week. After receiving the advice, Job Service will complete the necessary additional programs and start paying for the benefits of those programs.
Applicants must go to jobsnd.com and select the program they are applying for themselves:
Regular unemployment insurance (UIICE) – For people who are entitled to regular benefits. These people usually receive a W-2 from an employer. Most individuals should select this option. People who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits will most likely be eligible for PUA benefits if their reason for being unemployed is due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Emergency unemployment benefit during a pandemic (PEUC) – For people who have exhausted all their benefits on a regular request and who have not returned to work. This program offers a unique 13-week extension of regular unemployment benefits to claimants whose year-end has not passed. This program will primarily help people who are seasonal workers laid off in the fall or winter who have exhausted all their benefits but who are not called back to work due to the pandemic.
Assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic (PUA) – For people who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. This program should be selected by people who are independent contractors, self-employed, concert workers, business owners, etc. who are unemployed due to the pandemic.
Federal compensation in the event of an unemployment pandemic (FPUC) is another program described in the CARES law, which provides for the addition of $ 600 to each unemployment insurance benefit paid to a person, whether under the regular unemployment insurance program or one of the new law care programs. . This will automatically apply to all claims, with no further action required by claimants. Job Service is awaiting advice on this program from the United States Department of Labor. It is expected that this benefit will be added to all benefit payments made from the week of April 12 to 18 and will be added to all unemployment insurance benefit payments for weeks of unemployment starting Sunday, March 29, 2020 and ending no later than July 31. , 2020.