The federal CARES Act made provision for previously ineligible individuals to obtain unemployment through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (“PUA”).  The program is administered by the state, but funded with federal money.  It provides up to 39 weeks of assistance for qualifying individuals out of work because of a COVID-19 related reason.

Weekly benefits will

Under Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020, certain individuals who would not normally qualify for unemployment compensation are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits if they are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19.  On April 10, 2020, the USDOL issued guidance to the states around implementation of  PUA.  The guidance and links to additional information can be found at
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