HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new website for those not eligible for regular unemployment compensation will be accepting applications within the next few days.
Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website will serve self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation, the state department of labor and industry said Friday.
PUA is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
The department will announce when the PUA website is ready to accept applications. In the meantime, the department is encouraging Pennsylvanians who meet eligibility requirements to begin gathering the information they will need to file an accurate claim and receive benefits quickly.
PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits. PUA may not be more than the state’s maximum weekly benefit rate for regular UC of $572, and may not be less than half of the state’s average weekly benefit amount of $195.
Payments will be backdated to January 27, 2020 or the first week you were unable to work due to COVID-19 (whichever of the two dates is later).
Benefits will end December 31, 2020.
Information needed for proof of employment or self-employment can include, but is not limited to:
- Copies of recent paycheck stubs
- Bank receipts showing deposits
- Billing notices provided to your customers
- Recent advertisements for your business or services
- Statements from recent customers
- Current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices
- Building leases.
Information needed to show previous income can include, but is not limited to:
- Tax returns
- Paycheck stubs
- Bank receipts
- Billing statements
People collecting PUA benefits will also eligible for the extra $600 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.