[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Update on PA Unemployment Insurance for Gig Workers & Self-Employed

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Fri Apr 10 20:42:56 EDT 2020


JUST A HEADS UP. APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON BUT THEY ARE STILL
TRYING TO GET THE WEB SITE UP AND RUNNING -

Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor &
Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation
benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
(CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional
$600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers
eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits
for an additional 13 weeks.

The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment
benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to
$572 per week for 26 weeks.

*Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy Workers*
The CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to
self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not
normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic
Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the
department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor
requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason,
Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.

Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits
within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated
payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work
due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will
end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit
application is available.

Visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information -
https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/PUA-FAQs.aspx

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