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Boscola Bulletin

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides for a temporary emergency increase in unemployment compensation (UC) benefits, referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program - signed into law March 27, 2020. Additional guideline and information can be found here: Unemployment Compensation benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Pennsylvanians. 

Unemployment Compensation

This program provides an eligible individual with $600 per week on top of the weekly benefit amount he or she receives from certain other UC programs. An individual must first be eligible for UC benefits to qualify for the additional $600 per week in benefits.

Individuals don't need to do anything extra to receive the $600. Continue to file biweekly claims – benefits will be automatically updated. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.

Individuals covered under PUA include the self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities), those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits.

Federal CARES Act - What you need to know & Do

PennDOT Update & Extensions

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has extended many expiration dates in response to COVID-19.

PennDOT Dates

Questions related to driver and vehicle services can also be addressed by contacting PennDOT at 717-412-5300 – my office is also available to assist you by calling 610.868.8667 or emailing

Department of State Waiver Updates

More than 30 waivers were issued by the Department of State in response to the coronavirus emergency. The links below offer information on some of the waivers that have been announced over the past several weeks.

Waivers that have been granted to healthcare practitioners include:

A number of license renewal deadlines have also been extended and other requirements relaxed due to coronavirus mitigation, including:

Primary Election Information

The Pennsylvania Primary Election is only 50 days away. Are you ready to vote on June 2?

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  • Register or update your voter registration.
  • Sign up to vote by mail ballot.

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Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

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