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Unemployment-COVID-19 UPDATE

April 17, 2020
Press Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Bolton Office
April 17, 2020 601-866-9003
   

High Alert

COVID-19 REPORT

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


UNEMPLOYMENT



Would I be eligible for benefits if my employer shuts down or lays me off because of the COVID-19 situation?

You should file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Would I be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if I become ill with the COVID-19 virus and cannot work?

Yes, may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by a qualified medical professional.


Would I be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if I am quarantined?

If an individual is quarantined and will return to the employer, this individual would be considered laid off. You may file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.


What type of proof may be required to substantiate a COVID19 claim?

No proof is required at this time. Do not delay filing your claim for unemployment benefits even if your employer has not issued you any paperwork. It is important to file as soon as you become unemployed. For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s information and a return to work date readily available, if one has been provided by your employer.

 
I was fired from my job because I refused to report to work due to the coronavirus. What can I do?

You should file for unemployment benefits and a determination will be made concerning your eligibility based on your specific circumstances. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 
As an independent contractor, am I eligible for unemployment benefits under the CARES Act?

Yes, Mississippi is going to exercise that option that was included in the CARES Act. The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is working on programming their system to allow for that. It will be up and fully running to accept those applications by next week.

 
If my employer only permits me to work part-time rather than my full-time hours, will I be able to collect unemployment benefits?

You should file for benefits as you may be eligible for partial unemployment. Please note: when working and filing, all hours and gross earnings must be reported. A portion of your gross earnings will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount.

 
What should I select when filing my claim during this Coronavirus pandemic?

If you are temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, you should select ‘Lack of Work’ not ‘Leave of Absence” when filing your claim.

 
How should I answer the questions on the claim application ‘Can you accept full time work immediately?

If you are affected by the COVID-19, you should select ‘Yes’.