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Has Your Job Been Affected by COVID-19?
You may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC)

State officials have responded to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent business closings by making it easier to access unemployment during this unprecedented public health crisis.

The first major change is the suspension of the waiting week, allowing those who are without work the ability to file for unemployment immediately. The second major change is suspending of the work registration and work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits. Both of these provisions will remain in effect as long as Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration stands.

Unemployment Compensation

You can apply for unemployment benefits online here. Please be patient - there are intermittent delays because of the surge in new applicants & I can assure you the claims are being processed as quickly as possible. Follow the link for a comprehensive list of FAQs about Unemployment Compensation Benefits amid COVID-19 .

Businesses will not be held responsible for an employee’s unemployment compensation as long as a federal disaster declaration remains in place. This is an important step the Commonwealth is taking to assist business owners.

Check out this guide that was issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. Make sure to check back often as it will be updated as information becomes available.

Tax Deadline Delayed

PA extends personal income tax return filing date to July 15, 2020The Department of Revenue today announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15. The Internal Revenue Service also extended the federal filing deadline to July 15, 2020 however they are encouraging those who are able to file their taxes online. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

The Department of Revenue will also waive penalties and interest on 2019 personal income tax payments through the new deadline of July 15, 2020. This extension applies to both final 2019 tax returns and payments, and estimated payments for the first and second quarters of 2020.

Some Administrative Requirements for Nurses Temporarily Suspended

Some Administrative Requirements for Nurses Temporarily Suspended

The Department of State has suspended certain administrative requirements for nurses, including temporarily extending license expiration dates and waiving associated fees during the coronavirus emergency.
Additional suspensions during this time also mean:

  • Temporary nursing practice permits and graduate permits will be extended beyond one year and extension fees will be waived.
  • Registered Nurses will not have to apply for extensions of their RN graduate temporary permits. All temporary graduate permits that would normally expire during the next 90 days will automatically be extended for another 90 days.
  • Practical Nurses will not have to apply for extensions of their PN graduate or temporary permits.
  • Registered Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Specialists can continue to care for patients if their licenses are currently “in renewal” and set to expire on April 30, 2020. The licenses will be extended until July 31, 2020.
  • Nursing school graduates who have yet to graduate and have been unable to sit for the licensure examinations due to COVID-19 can immediately apply for a graduate permit so they can assist in the COVID-19 response. These permits will expire if the graduate permit holder fails the examination.
  • More than 14,000 CNRPs can practice to their full capabilities without the usual requirement that they practice within a specific clinical specialty.

Earlier this week it was announced that in-state and out-of-state health care practitioners can treat patients via telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency. For more information visit the PA Department of State Website.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of YearProperty Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2019 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020, the Department of Revenue announced today. Read more about the extension here.

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