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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance can be of a very big help to people that qualify for the application eligibility.
This pandemic unemployment assistance is for you if If you have worked in Tennessee within the last 18 months and lost your job, through no fault of your own. It may interest you to know that you will get if you qualify for PUA, your benefit rate will be based on your recent earnings.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal program that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI).
You will also receive a weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit: $600 per week for benefit weeks and $300 per week for benefit weeks ending.
What you may need to know about the eligibility test
Please note that You will not be eligible for PUA if you can telework, or if you are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits (regardless of meeting a category listed above).
You should apply if you are unable to work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and any of the following apply to you:
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- Independent contractor;
- Work for an app-based company (i.e. “gig worker”);
- Diagnosed with COVID-19 or have COVD-19 symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis;
- Living with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
- Providing care for a family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19;
- Primary caregiver for a child unable to attend school or another facility due to COVID-19;
- Unable to reach place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or were advised by a medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
- Scheduled to commence new employment but cannot reach the workplace as a direct result of COVID-19;
- Became a major breadwinner because the head of the household died from COVID-19;
- Quit a job as a direct result of COVID-19;
- Place of employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19;
- Have insufficient work history and affected by COVID-19;
- Otherwise not qualified for regular or extended UI benefits and affected by COVID-19
NOTE: If you have already applied for PUA: You can check the status of your claim online by logging into your NY.Gov account on the DOL website. If you see it is still pending, no action is required; we have added thousands of DOL representatives who are working seven days a week to process your claim as quickly as possible.
What will you be seeing as a successful applicant
If you qualify for PUA, you may be eligible to receive:
- Up to 79 weeks of PUA benefits.
- An additional $600/week for weeks ending
- An additional $300/week for weeks ending
The best way to apply is online. DOL has a streamlined application that allows you to apply for either traditional UI or PUA, depending on their eligibility. You do not have to complete a separate application for PUA.
PUA Update – 1/30/2020: New Yorkers who are enrolled in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program do not need to reapply for benefits if they continue to be unemployed when they reach the end of their initial benefit year. Instead, PUA claimants should continue to certify weekly while unemployed to continue receiving the benefits they are eligible for. Claimants who are receiving traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI), should reapply if they continue to be unemployed when their benefit year has ended. For more information about extended benefits, visit on.ny.gov/cauwa.