Because of COVID-19, many workers are experiencing reduced hours, or even suffering a layoff. If you are one of those workers, we want to help you understand your options during this strange and difficult time.
If you’ve had your hours reduced or been laid off because of COVID-19, you likely qualify for unemployment benefits.
To qualify you must be:
- Totally or partially unemployed;
- Unemployed through no fault of your own;
- Physically able to work;
- Available for work;
- Ready and willing to accept work immediately; and
- Actively looking for work
If you qualify, you can expect benefits ranging from $40 - $450 weekly. Furthermore, the Federal Government passed the CARES Act, which increases state unemployment benefits a pretty spiffy and helpful additional $600 per week for up to four months, meaning if you would have received $340 per week, you'll now receive $940. The act also adds 13 more weeks of benefits onto the standard state allotment of unemployment insurance (26 in California, making it now 39 weeks).
Click here to learn more about how to apply for unemployment.
Many types of aid come from this bill, but there is one main benefit we want you to point your eyes at.
The $1,200 One-Time Check
Most individuals earning less than $75,000 can expect a one-time cash payment of $1,200. Married couples will each receive a check and families will get $500 per child. That means a family of four earning less than $150,000 can expect $3,400.
These payments are based on either your 2019 or 2018 tax filings, and the IRS expects to begin sending checks around the end of April.
To learn more about the aid provided by the CARES Act, click here.
What can you do now?
If you are out of work or thinking about pursuing other job possibilities, this is an amazing opportunity to spiff up your resume and connect with our recruiters. If you're already in our candidate database, log into our job portal and make sure your information is current. If you haven't applied with us before, now's the time to position your name in front of our faces. Employers are holding back on posting positions until the stay-at-home orders are lifted. Position yourself to be found when jobs start opening up.
If you know of someone seeking work, please refer them to our website to apply.
Allevity is dedicated to taking care of the needs of our community. Look to us as a resource during these difficult times. We're here for you. Together we'll get through this. Stay safe!