Unemployment insurance for coronavirus-impacted workers

Has the COVID -19 (coronavirus) pandemic impacted your employment? 

Whether you’ve had to reduce your hours because you’re ill, you’re caring for an ill family member, or your employer has had to temporarily shut down, you may be eligible for expanded assistance from your state’s Unemployment Insurance program.

Whether you’ve had to reduce your hours because you’re ill, you’re caring for an ill family member, or your employer has had to temporarily shut down, you may be elibglibe for expanded assistance from your state’s Unemployment Insurance program.

Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers. Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states follow the same guidelines established by federal law.

The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

Visit CareerOneStop’s Unemployment Benefits Finder to find details on your state’s UI program, including any additional flexibility offered to workers whose jobs have been impacted by coronavirus.

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