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Boscola to Host LIVE Telephone Conversation Monday on Small Business Grant Program

Telephone Town Hall Monday on Small Business Grant Program

On Monday, July 6th, at 2:00 p.m., I will host a LIVE telephone conversation to discuss the $225 million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grant program. I will be joined by Northampton County Executive, Lamont McClure and Christopher Hudock, Director of The Rising Tide Community Fund. On the call, businesses will have an opportunity to learn about how to apply for and receive these grants, as well as, have any questions about application itself answered.

To participate in the LIVE telephone conversation, please email boscola@pasenate.com and include your name, title/organization, and 1-2 questions you have about the program. You can also visit www.SenatorBoscola.com/SmallBusinessConversation to complete the participant form. Either way you respond, you will receive log-in information in plenty of time for the call. For more information on this funding, please go here.

Applications for the first round of funding is now open until 11:59 PM on July 14th. Applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days but will be considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon.

ALERT: Extension of Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Benefits

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced earlier this week that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.

Extended Benefits (EB) are additional UC benefits payable to qualified workers whenever the state’s unemployment rate reaches a certain level determined by law. The last time the EB program was triggered in Pennsylvania was 2009.

The current EB period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. EB payments will begin with the week ending July 4, 2020 and are payable only for weeks of unemployment during an EB period.

Important information about the EB program follows and will be sent by mail to all individuals who potentially qualify for the additional benefits.

Eligibility
 
You may be eligible for EB if:

  • You are totally or partially unemployed;
  • You have exhausted your regular state benefits on your most recent UC claim, or your most recent UC benefit year has ended; and
  • You have received the maximum amount of PEUC that you were eligible to receive.

Additional eligibility information is available here.

How to Receive EB

  • If you collect the maximum amount of PEUC that you are eligible to receive, an EB Notice of Financial Determination will be mailed to you.
  • You must complete your weekly EB online certification in order to claim EB for weeks that you are totally or partially unemployed.
  • Each EB online certification corresponds to one specific week, as indicated on the web form. Individuals who opt to use paper claim forms should only use the form that is specifically dated for the week of unemployment you are claiming.
  • If you do not receive your Financial Determination within two weeks after you receive your final PEUC payment, call the UC Service Center at 1-888-313-7284.

EB Weekly Benefit Amount

  • EB weekly benefit payments are the same as regular UC.
  • The total amount of EB that you may receive is 50 percent of the amount of regular UC you were financially eligible to receive on your most recent claim. Example:
    • If you were financially eligible for 26 weeks of regular UC, you may receive up to 13 weeks of EB.
  • There is an additional wage test for EB eligibility, so not all individuals will financially qualify.
  • EB may only be paid for weeks ending during an EB period.
  • If you are entitled to Trade Readjustment Allowances, you may receive fewer weeks of EB.
EB is currently fully federally-funded through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Public Law (Pub. L.) 116-127, specifically Division D, the Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and Access Act of 2020 (EUISAA).

Continue to Stay Safe

Mask UpAs the Lehigh Valley continues in the green phase, please continue to observe existing worker and building safety orders. All businesses must follow CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance for social distancing and cleaning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched an online complaint form where customers can report a public health complaint against an existing business not following health and safety protocols. The online complaint form can be accessed by clicking here.

Also, please continue to practice social distancing as well as ‘masking up’ when you go out – my mask protects you, your mask protects me.

Office Closure

Senate offices will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3, 2020 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday – offices will re-open, as scheduled, at 9:00am on Monday, July 6, 2020.  Please have a safe, enjoyable, Happy 4th of July weekend!

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