LANSING —Self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) beginning on Monday, April 13 at 8 a.m.
Under the federal CARES Act, workers on state unemployment have already begun receiving the set $600 federal weekly payment in addition to their state benefit amount.
Michigan is one of the first states to begin sending the $600 payment.
“Ensuring Michiganders have access to state and federal benefits during this pandemic is a critical part in protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Governor Whitmer said according to a press release.
“We will do everything we can to continue providing emergency financial assistance as quickly as possible to the Michigan working families who have lost income as a result of COVID-19.”
Those who wish to apply may do so at Michigan.gov/UIA. Online is the fastest and easiest way to access the benefits. Workers need to use the UIA’s daily filing schedule based on their last names. For example, last names beginning with letters A-L.
Online is the fastest and easiest way to access these benefits. Workers need to use the UIA’s daily filing schedule based on their last names which can be found below. For example, last names beginning with letters A-L should start filing claims Monday.
All newly eligible workers will need to provide proof of income to receive the maximum amount they are entitled, which could include W-2s, 1099 tax forms, and pay stubs. These workers will begin receiving federal benefits as early as April 20 after their bi-weekly certification. Individuals on paid sick leave or other paid leave, and those who have the ability to telework with pay, are not eligible for PUA.
“We’re committed to making sure everyone who is eligible for unemployment assistance receives their benefits as quickly as possible,” Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio said. “Michigan is one of the first states to begin sending the additional $600 benefit to workers and our dedicated Unemployment Insurance Agency team is working tirelessly to provide emergency benefits during this crisis.”
The online filing schedule is as follows:
-Last names beginning with letters A-L: file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
-Last names beginning with letters M-Z: file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
-Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
Customers are encouraged to use off-peak times from 8 p.m.-8 a.m.