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This update is recorded on April 16, 2020 to provide you with general information regarding benefits. Remember, this information is not legal advice and is not intended to serve as that. Please contact an attorney if you need additional advice on how to navigate unemployment benefits. The federal government recently passed a new law called the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act to deal with the economic impact of this pandemic. If you qualify for regular unemployment insurance, you will now automatically receive an additional $600 per week from March 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020. Plus you will receive your weekly unemployment benefits which can be anywhere between $40 to $450 a week. The CARES Act also extends benefits for an additional 13 weeks. Now you can get a total of 39 weeks of benefits until December 31, 2020. You do not need to do anything extra to get these additional benefits. The CARES Act also includes a new benefit called the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for workers that are excluded from unemployment insurance benefits like business owners, self employed individuals, true independent contractors, workers who do not have a long enough work history, or otherwise are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. Remember, if you believe you are misclassified as an independent contractor, you should apply for regular unemployment insurance benefits. EDD will make a determination as to which benefit program you qualify for. For the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States. You are eligible for this benefit if you are unable to work or telework with pay because you or a member of your household have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you have been advised to quarantine by a healthcare professional, or you are caring for someone diagnosed with COVID-19, your place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19, you had to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19, you were scheduled to start employment and do not have a job or cannot reach the place of employment as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, or you have become the breadwinner for a household because the head of household had died as a direct result of COVID-19. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefit is available from February 2, 2020 until December 31, 2020. The weekly benefit amount may be lower than regular unemployment but you will still be eligible for an additional $600 a week between March 29, 2020 through July 31, 2020. You will be able to apply through the Employment Development Department, the same agency that processes Unemployment Insurance. EDD just announced that they will be accepting applications for this program starting April 28. The benefits will be paid retroactively, so you will be able to get benefits as far back as February 2nd, depending on when you become eligible. Remember to check the EDD's COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information. Things are constantly changing with benefits as the federal government and the state try to cope with this new pandemic. Please remember to check the EDD's website for up-to-date information. Thank you. We hope this information has been helpful.

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