Rapacki + Co. now has a comprehensive COVID-19 Portal linking you to up-to-date financial information relating to the pandemic. The portal includes videos, articles and resources with information on stimulus payments, loan programs, money management and more for both individuals and businesses.
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). That law includes several changes that may affect your eligibility for unemployment benefits. These changes include:
- Automatic $600 week additional compensation for people receiving unemployment benefits. (This will show up as a separate deposit in your bank account.)
- A new benefit program for workers who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19 who are NOT eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
- An extension of unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks.
Minnesota was one of the first states in the nation to implement the 13-week extension. Minnesota is currently working to implement the new federal program for self-employed people, independent contractors, and other workers who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits. Minnesota was also one of the first states in the nation to implement the $600/week additional compensation. For detailed information on the CARES act, click here.… Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance to the states instructing state agencies to apply existing unemployment law flexibly related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The fastest way to file a claim is to apply for unemployment benefits online.
To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, the Baker-Polito administration has filed emergency legislation and emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment if their workplace is shut down.
Applying for Covid-19 Assistance
Due to the volume DUA is experiencing at this time the fastest way to process a claim is online, which remains fully operational.
To further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 all in-person services are currently unavailable at all Career Centers and unemployment walk-in centers across Massachusetts. In addition to staffing up the remote call center capabilities, the DUA contact center will likely be extending hours and including weekends in the … Read More