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Other Commonly Asked Questions on Coronavirus // Access to Unemployment Insurance

March 18, 2020

What flexibility is there for states to offer unemployment insurance now to individuals that have lost their job or are unable to work due to COVID-19 crisis?

DOL has issued guidance that can be found here, which explains flexibility states have to provide unemployment benefits when:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

To find out details on your state’s unemployment insurance program, visit DOL’s website here.

Also, you can find a list of state-specific FAQ’s about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 here.