- Creates a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (through December 31, 2020) to help those not traditionally eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), including self-employed individuals, independent contractors, those with limited work history and those who are unable to work as a result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Pays 50% of the unemployment insurance costs incurred by state, local and tribal governments and non-profit organizations, not part of the UI system.
- Provides additional $600/week payment to each UI or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance recipient through the end of July 2020.
- Provides funding for the 1st week of unemployment for states to waive the traditional “waiting week” before benefits begin.
- Provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment to help those who remain unemployed after weeks of state unemployment are no longer available.
- Provides states with temporary, limited flexibility to hire temporary staff or re-hire former staff to quickly process unemployment claims.
- Provides funding to states to help them maintain short-time compensation programs to prevent layoffs, as well as expand these work sharing programs in the future.