The CARES Act & the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

By May 11, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced that up to 13 weeks of extended benefits will be available to eligible individuals receiving regular unemployment benefits. These extended benefits will be available starting the week of May 3, 2020. Individuals who exhausted their regular benefits may now be eligible for an additional 8 to 13 weeks of extended benefits. The state will advise of eligibility via mail. Individuals with remaining balances of regular benefits will still be able to continue to draw regular benefits until those benefits have been exhausted. Once individuals exhaust their benefits, individuals will be able to apply for extended benefits. Individuals that need to apply for extended benefits should contact their nearest UI Claim Center by dialing (907) 269-4700 in Anchorage, (907) 451-2871 in Fairbanks, (907) 465-5552 in Juneau, or toll free at (888) 252-2557 from all other areas.


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.



Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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