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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

 

The week ending July 25th, 2020 is the last payable week for the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). This means the additional $600 FPUC payment would not apply to weeks of unemployment ending August 1, 2020 and thereafter based on the scheduled expiration of this funding program according to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 signed into law on March 27, 2020.

If you have not filed a claim for unemployment benefits since off work due to COVID-19, you should file a claim online at www.mdes.ms.gov or call 1-833-919-0334 if you require assistance. PUA is intended to provide assistance to persons unemployed or working reduced hours due to COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.


If you have filed and been denied for regular unemployment since off work due to COVID-19, you do not have to file a new claim.

You will be notified of your potential PUA eligibility and any action needed on your part. You should continue to file your weekly certifications.

If you have not filed a claim for unemployment benefits since off work due to COVID-19, you should file a claim online at www.mdes.ms.gov or call 1-833-919-0334 if you require assistance.

PUA Unemployment Insurance benefits claims can be filed online by clicking here.

PUA provides benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons listed below:
The individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis;  
A member of the individual’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
The individual is providing care for a family member or a member of the individual’s household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; 
A child or other person in the household for which the individual has primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for the individual to work;
The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because the individual has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
The individual was scheduled to commence employment and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency; 
The individual has become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19;
The individual has to quit his or her job as a direct result of COVID-19; or
The individual’s place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

You may be eligible for PUA if you are:
Self-employed or an independent contractor 
Employed by a church, religious entity or non-profit organization
Employed in the gig economy 
Have insufficient earnings to establish a regular unemployment claim
Not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits

You are NOT eligible for PUA if:

 

  • You have the option to telework (work from home/alternate location) with pay for the same number of hours normally worked

  • You are receiving paid sick or FMLA leave

  • You refused an offer of suitable work without good cause


Earnings and/or payments you must report on weekly certifications are:

 

    • Wages for work performed

 


You are NOT required to report the following on weekly certifications:

 

  • Vacation pay

  • Severance pay

  • Bonus pay

  • Jury Duty


PUA Unemployment Insurance benefits claims can be filed online by clicking here.

 
To File for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Toll Free
1 (833) 919-0334