• RESOURCES

UNEMPLOYMENT

WHO QUALIFIES?

Unemployment benefits have been expanded under The CARES Act to include:

  • Part-time workers and self-employed workers
  • Gig workers and contractors
  • Anyone out of work or who has had to cut back on their hours directly due to COVID-19, including if you had to stop working because you have symptoms or are caring for someone who has the virus
  • People who can’t get to their jobs due to the virus
  • People who previously wouldn’t have qualified due to a spotty work history

WHO DOES NOT QUALIFY?

Anyone working from home before COVID-19 or receiving paid leave

WHAT WILL I NEED TO FILE?

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • If you are not a US citizen, your alien registration card number
  • Full company names and address of everywhere you’ve worked for the past 2 years
  • For federal employees, copies of forms SF8 or forms SF50
  • If you are a service member or ex-service member a copy of separation form DD 214
  • If you want direct deposit, you must have your bank routing and checking account numbers
  • First and last day working with employer
  • Reason you left

HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL YOU GET?

  • $600/wk has been added on top of how your state calculates your benefits and an additional 13 weeks of benefits
  • Compensation varies by state: Unemployment Benefits Finder

Filing in PA

Filing for PUA: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

General overview: Unemployment Benefits

File a claim online: Filing an Initial Claim

File a claim by phone: Contact Us – UC Benefits

Updates on how PA is handling unemployment in relation to COVID-19: COVID19