Rep. Mizgorski announces that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application is available for self-employed
Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 9:13 AM
State Representative Lori Mizgorski announced today that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application is available online for the self-employed in Pennsylvania.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.
Individuals covered under PUA include the self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities), those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits. The program will expire on December 31, 2020, unless otherwise extended.
Acceptable documentation of proof of employment or self-employment can include, but is not limited to:
- copies of recent paycheck stubs
- bank receipts showing deposits
- billing notices provided to your customers
- recent advertisements for your business or services
- statements from recent customers
- current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices
- building leases
Acceptable documentation of wages can include but is not limited to:
- tax returns
- paycheck stubs
- bank receipts
- billing statements
Acceptable documentation to substantiate COVID-19 reason for inability to work can include but is not limited to:
- Documentation from medical professionals regarding diagnosis or isolation instructions for you or a person in your home
- Notices or emails from school or childcare providers
- Notices or emails from county or state government regarding closure of businesses or stay at home orders
- Notices or emails from entities for which you were contracting stating that your services are not needed due to COVID-19 related shutdowns
- If filing due to a job offer being cancelled or delayed, documentation from the prospective employer that includes start date, hours, and pay of the job offer that has been cancelled or delayed
The PUA application can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Office of Unemployment Compensation website. To apply, go to https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PUA.aspx.
If you need assistance with or have questions about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or other state-related issues, please call the Allison Park district office at 412-487-6605, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or visit www.RepMizgorski.com/contact.