The CARES Act & the Idaho Department of Labor

By April 28, 2020May 1st, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Idaho Department of Labor issued more than $63 million in payments in relation to the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provides temporary, emergency payments of $600 per week to individuals who qualified for unemployment benefits.

Please be aware that it will take approximately three business days for qualified individuals to see these payments in their bank accounts or debit cards. The payments will be retroactive to March 29, 2020, or the first week the individual received benefits – whichever is later – and will be paid in a lump sum. Qualified individuals will not need to do anything to receive the additional $600 weekly payments, but they should continue to file their claims on a weekly basis. Individuals with pending issues on their claims will not receive the additional funds until the issues are resolved. There is no need to call the department as claimants can check the claimant portal to confirm payment.

Also, the state created a new website to house the details on the benefits and implementation of the other CARES Act programs:

  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible for regular benefits. PUA covers self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those who do not have enough work history to be eligible to file a claim. The state advised that these payments will begin in May 2020. Information on the PUA program can be found here: https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Unemployment-Benefits/Pandemic-Unemployment-Assistance.
  • The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program provides an additional 13 weeks to individuals’ claims once they exhaust benefits. The state advised that these payments will begin in late April or May 2020.

For more information about this program, please visit the state’s FPUC  website: https://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Unemployment-Benefits/Federal-Pandemic-Unemployment-Compensation. For more information on claims or COVID-19, please visit the state’s FAQ website: https://idahoatwork.com/2020/03/18/faqs-about-unemployment-insurance-and-covid-19/.

 

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 https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ 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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