The CARES Act also includes eligibility for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits in any amount to be paid an additional
After receiving guidance from the
The CARES Act provides the following unemployment insurance benefit programs:
* Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). The FPUC program provides individuals with an additional
The first week a claimant can be compensated on this benefit is the week beginning
Please keep in mind you cannot quit your job and continue to draw these benefits. If you refuse to return to work without a documented medical note consistent with the Families First Act, you will be disqualified from ALL benefits including the
* Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).This program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees and gig economy workers, as well as to individuals working part-time, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular UC or EB under state or federal law or PEUC.
A claimant can be compensated with this benefit beginning
PUA claims cannot be taken yet; DLR is creating the application. Claims can be backdated if the individual meets the eligibility requirements under PUA.
* Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The PEUC program provides up to 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits under state or federal law, or have no rights to regular unemployment benefits under state or federal law. The first week a claimant can be compensated on this benefit is the week beginning
* Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPC provides a loan to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to keep their workers on the payroll.
Important note: None of the benefits described above, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit their job, refuse to return to work, or refuse to receive full-time pay. Attempts to collect payments after quitting a job could be viewed as fraudulent and will be further investigated. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement, and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid.
DLR frequently updates its FAQs for employers and claimants regarding this information at dlr.sd.gov/CARES.