Expansion of unemployment insurance
Expansion of Unemployment Insurance
The bill expands unemployment insurance eligibility to those who are not eligible for regular compensation or extended benefits under State or Federal law, or previously passed pandemic emergency unemployment compensation. To qualify, an individual must self-certify that s/he is otherwise able and available to work but cannot for one of the following reasons:
This does not include individuals who can telework with pay or who are receiving paid sick leave or other leave benefits due to other provisions in COVID-19 relief.
This assistance is available beginning January 27th and goes until December 31st, 2020 with a 39-week maximum for an individual receiving assistance.
The bill also allows for states to waive their one week waiting period for unemployment benefits and the federal government will reimburse them for that week, thus incentivizing states to provide an immediate benefit.
- Diagnosis of COVID-19 or is experiencing the systems and seeking a medical diagnosis
- Member of household has COVID-19
- Individual is providing care for a family member or member of household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Child or other person in household for whom the individual is the primary caregiver is unable to attend school or other facility because of COVID-19 and such attendance is necessary for that individual to attend work
- Individual is unable to reach place of employment because of mandatory quarantine
- Individual has been advised by a medical professional to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns
- Individual was scheduled to start a job and doesn’t have a job or unable to reach job due to COVID-19
- Individual has become the primary source of income or major support for household due to head of household dying due to COVID-19
- Individual has quit job as a direct result of COVID-19
- Place of business is closed due to COVID-19
- Individual is self-employed, is seeking part-time employment, doesn’t have sufficient work history, or otherwise doesn’t qualify for regular unemployment or extended benefits