NEW, ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Massachusetts announced the new guidelines specific to those affected by COVID 19. Highlights include:
- $600 extra in (UI) you get every week between March 29th and July 25th 2020.
- 13 more weeks of federal UI benefits to the number of weeks you can already get in state UI. This 13-week extension is called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
- A new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for workers who do not normally qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance.
The new eligibility for Unemployment under the PUA include:
- diagnosed with COVID-19 or you have symptoms.
- A member of your household was diagnosed with COVID-19.
- You are caring for a family or household member who tested positive or was diagnosed with COVID-19.
- You have primary responsibility for a child whose school or child care is closed and you need to care for them
- You have primary responsibility for a member of your household who needs care.
- Your employer, or a government order told you to “self-quarantine.”
- You have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine.
- Your immune system is compromised due to a serious health condition.
- You have a reasonable belief that because of COVID-19 going to work could harm your health
- You were scheduled to start work but you no longer have that job or you cannot go to work due to COVID-19.
- The head of your household died from the corona virus so now the whole household depends on you for support.
- Your place of work closed or reduced your hours because of COVID-19
- You had to quit your job because you tested positive for COVID-19 or you came into contact with someone who tested positive.
MASSACHUSETTS PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA) can be accessed here: https://ui-cares-act.mass.gov/PUA/_/#1
SPECIAL COVID 19 UNEMPLOYMENT INFO
File your claim for unemployment online: https://www.mass.gov/unemployment-benefits-for-claimants If you get stuck because you can’t remember an old password or Telecert PIN number, call 617-626-6422.
PASSWORD RESET INFORMATION: If you have to reset your password please click here https://www.mass.gov/how-to/reset-your-ui-online-password-as-a-claimant
Contacting DUA with other questions. NOTE THIS IS NOT TO FILE A CLAIM https://www.mass.gov/forms/covid-19-department-of-unemployment-assistance-contact-request
You can Apply for unemployment over phone: (617) 626-6800 if you need to CHECK A CLAIM call (617) 626-6800
To apply for unemployment, you need to provide personal information including your Social Security number, birth date, home address, email address (optional), and phone number.
You also need information about your employment history from the last 15 months, including:
- Names of all employers, plus addresses and phone numbers
- Reasons for leaving those jobs
- Work start and end dates
- Recall date (if you were laid off but have a set date to return to work)
MASSACHUSETTS GUIDE TO UNEMPLOYMENT