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Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Under the New CARES Act

Posted by Admin Posted on May 04 2020

On Friday, April 24, Labor will be launching a new, one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow Marylanders to file claims for all unemployment programs entirely online. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, and those who were previously required to file by phone like federal employees, members of the military, individuals who have worked in multiple states, and those who have worked for more than 3 employers in the last 18 months.

The Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor opted into providing ALL three of the expanded unemployment insurance programs offered through the provisions of the CARES Act:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    • Individuals who are not usually eligible for regular UI and who cannot work due to COVID-19 are eligible for a maximum of 39 weeks of benefits, which includes $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
    • Effective January 27, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
    • Starting Friday, April 24, those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, or have insufficient work history will be able to apply online. To receive an e-mail with additional information and instructions once the new application is ready, please sign up here
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
    • $600 per week on top of current regular UI benefits.
    • Effective March 29, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
    • Starting Friday, April 17, everyone eligible for benefits ending the week of April 4 will begin receiving an additional $600 per week as part of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program on top of current regular benefits. Marylanders will begin to see the increase in their next regularly scheduled payment.
    • If you have questions specifically about the $600 weekly payment, please visit our Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation FAQs.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    • 3 additional weeks of UI benefits, plus $600 FPUC.
    • Effective March 29, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.
    • Starting Friday, April 24, new claimants and those who are already receiving benefits will automatically receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the CARES Act. Current eligible claimants do not need to take any additional steps to receive these extended benefits. Labor will be directly contacting claimants who have recently exhausted their benefits, so they can reapply for the additional 13 weeks.