Other Commonly Asked Questions on Coronavirus // Access to Unemployment Insurance

March 17, 2020 — Coronavirus Bulletin   

What flexibility is there for states to offer unemployment insurance now to individuals that have lost their job or are unable to work due to COVID-19 crisis?

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

  • 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.

To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.

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