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What are Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19?



Has unemployment eligibility expanded during COVID-19?

Unemployment eligibility expanded during COVID-19. Workers who lose employment as a result of COVID-19 qualified for benefits, but Pandemic Unemployment Assistance stopped on September 4th, 2021. However, fraud and overpayment programs continue.

How do I apply for an Overpayment Waiver for Traditional Unemployment or PUA Benefit Overpayments?

See this FAQ to learn more: Applying for an Overpayment Waiver for Traditional Unemployment or PUA Benefit Overpayments

Has there been an expansion of sick/medical leave during COVID-19?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act goes into effect on April 2, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2020. The act includes an Emergency Expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (EEFMLA), Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and Access Act, and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (PSLA). To read a summary of the key provisions, click here. To read the full act, click here.

For more information on Worker Rights and Benefits during COVID-19, please see these related FAQs:

Worker Rights: What Should I Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine and My Employer?

Worker Rights and Benefits (Unemployment): What are the New Rules for Unemployment Compensation Benefits Related to COVID-19?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Benefits Does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Provide?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Help Can I Get from the Emergency Expansion Family Medical Leave Act?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Help Can I Get from the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What Does the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Do for Unemployment Compensation (UC) Benefits (including Pandemic UC)?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What do I need to know about remote schooling and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

Worker Rights and Benefits: What is Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)?

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