COVID-19 and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Date: 04.09.20

USDOL recently released the federal guidance on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act, which includes independent contractors, self-employed, etc. The Department of Workforce Services is creating a new system to handle these claims, and the estimated time for this system to be up and running is approximately three (3) weeks. Those in the independent contractor/self-employed category should not to try and file for unemployment benefits until the system is operational, as they will be denied. Once the system is operational, payments will be backdated to when they ceased employment due to COVID-19. Please note, for anyone that has worked for an employer in the past eighteen months, they can apply for regular unemployment. 

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Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission
2020-04-09 16:08:24

USDOL recently released the federal guidance on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act, which includes independent contractors, self-employed, etc. The Department of Workforce Services is creating a new system to handle ...