DWD will not assess employers experience rate penalties for claims related to COVID-19. (If an employee is laid for reasons related to COVID-19, the employer should state such. It benefits both the employee and the employer.) (Executive Order 20-05, Section 1(B))
If a claim is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, DWD will not deny the claimant’s benefits for that reason.
DWD will permit individuals to continue to accrue unemployment eligibility if they elect to take leave due to COVID-19.
DWD is seeking federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits to those individuals who may not otherwise be eligible for UI benefits because they were short-term employees who now find themselves out of work due to COVID-19.
If a person decides to remain at home because of COVID-19 with no directive from a medical professional or from my employer to do so, absent child care concerns, the individual may NOT be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
DWD will start paying out the weekly $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) starting April 20th. It will pay the weekly compensation retroactively to March 29th.
All WorkOne Centers and the Department of Workforce Development Offices are closed until further notice. UI claims will continue to be processed by filing online.
Payout for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for independent contractors and sole proprietors is expected to start taking online applications on April 24 and to start making payments on May 4th. (These are target dates.)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, H.R. 748) is an $2 trillion, 880-page bill that passed the U.S. Senate, 96-0. It’s still awaiting a House vote on Friday (3/27/2020) and the president’s signature.
Provides a $1,200 direct payment to many Americans and $500 for each dependent child. This is phased out for those making over $75,000 ($150,00 for married filing jointly) by subtracting 5% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) against the total credit. (Generally, those with AGI over $99,000 for an indivudal and $198,000 for married couples with no depedents are ineligible.)
Expands unemployment insurance to 39 weeks (through December 31, 2020), and provides temporary “Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’’ of $600 per week (through July 31, 2020), which is in addition to and the same time as regular state and federal UI benefits. Under Indiana law, a UI claimant may be able to receive the Indiana maximum weekly benefit of $390 plus maximum FPUC benefit of $600 for a total of $990 per week.