The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits.
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To our valued clients,

Unemployment Compensation Under the CARES Act

The federal CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assitance (PUA) through the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act. Please note that some of these unemployment insurance benefits (" UI benefits") also extend to the self-employed and independent contractors, two types of worker not typically covered by UI benefits. However, these benefits are not available to those who can work remotely or already are receiving paid leave benefits, including those benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation - $600 Additional Weekly Benefit

CARES provides an additional $600 per week benefit to certain employees receiving UI benefits. Under this expansion, individuals who ordinarily would qualify for unemployment compensation benefits under State law are entitled to both: (1) the regular amount of compensation available under State law, as well as (2) an additional flat-fee amount of $600 per week, which is referred as “Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.” The $600 is payable by the State to the individual, to be reimbursed by the Federal Government. It is not charged to the employer’s UI account.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – Up to 13 More Weeks of Unemployment Compensation

Typically, workers may be entitled to up to 14 weeks of UI benefits under State law. CARES provides up to 13 additional weeks of UI benefits as Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. This generally is available for those individuals who are able to work, available to work, and are actively seeking work. Qualifying workers could  also be eligible to receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation amounts during the additional 13 week period. These benefits will be paid through the State and federally funded. Important note: None of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit without good work-related cause, refuse to return to work or refuse to receive full-time pay. Refusing to return to work could result in a disqualification for benefit eligibility.

Below is a link to The State of Alabama's COVID-19 Pandemic and Benefits Available Table so you may review and if you qualify to file a claim.

COVID-19 Pandemic Scenarios and Benefits Available

File a claim

Please call your trusted Machen McChesney advisor if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Martin D. Williams, CPA,
Managing Partner
Machen McChesney, LLP

Montgomery: 1761 Taliaferro Trail | Montgomery AL 36117

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