MD to launch online one-stop unemployment insurance application

The Maryland Department of Labor on April 24 will launch a one-stop unemployment insurance application that will implement the two remaining programs in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, have insufficient work history, or who have exhausted their benefits since July 1, 2019, and are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program will now be able to submit their applications online and receive their benefits retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility.

The individuals should visit the Department of Labor Division of Unemployment website and enter their email address to receive important information and instructions about filing their new claim. The new application will also allow individuals who were previously required to file by phone, like those who are federal employees, members of the military, have worked in multiple states, and have worked for more than three employers in the last 18 months to now file online.

The new online application will also implement the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. New claimants and those who are already receiving benefits will automatically receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the CARES Act.

Current eligible claimants do not need to take any additional steps to receive the extended benefits. The Department of Labor will be directly contacting Marylanders who have recently exhausted their benefits so they can also use this new online application to reapply and receive the additional 13 weeks to which they are entitled.

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