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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons, as defined in the CARES Act. Benefit payments under PUA are retroactive, for weeks of unemployment, partial employment, or inability to work due to COVID-19 reasons starting on or after January 27, 2020. The CARES Act specifies that PUA benefits cannot be paid for weeks of unemployment ending after December 31, 2020.

Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

You can now apply for PUA, expanded eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits (e.g. self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers).

APPLY HERE TODAY!

WHO SHOULD BE FILING FOR PUA?

 Check out our "How do I know if I should apply for PUA?" FAQ for information on eligibility.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO SHOW I WAS EMPLOYED OR SELF-EMPLOYED?

 Acceptable documentation of proof of employment or self-employment can include, but is not limited to:

  • copies of recent paycheck stubs;
  • bank receipts showing deposits;
  • 1099s;
  • billing notices provided to your customers;
  • recent advertisements for your business or services;
  • statements from recent customers;
  • current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices; and/or
  • building leases.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO SHOW MY PREVIOUS INCOME?

 Acceptable documentation of wages can include but is not limited to:

  • tax returns;
  • paycheck stubs;
  • bank receipts;
  • ledgers;
  • contracts;
  • invoices; and/or
  • billing statements.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO PROVIDE TO SHOW COVID-19 IS THE REASON I CAN'T WORK?

Acceptable documentation to substantiate COVID-19 reason for inability to work can include but is not limited to:

  • Documentation from medical professionals regarding diagnosis or isolation instructions for you or a person in your home
  • Notices or emails from school or childcare providers
  • Notices or emails from county or state government regarding closure of businesses or stay at home orders
  • Notices or emails from entities for which you were contracting stating that your services are not needed due to COVID-19 related shutdowns
  • If filing due to a job offer being cancelled or delayed, documentation from the prospective employer that includes start date, hours, and pay of the job offer that has been cancelled or delayed


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