The CARES Act & the Idaho Department of Labor

The Idaho Department of Labor announced that individuals who are unemployed and have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits can now apply for extended benefits under the CARES Act. Individuals can apply through the state’s website at Also, the state advised that they changed their system to show an additional 13 weeks of benefits to the benefit year for those that qualify for benefits. Individuals must have a claim with a benefit year ending date after July 6, 2019 to qualify. The payments are retroactive to March 29, 2020 or the first week after benefits have been exhausted – whichever is later. Individuals should log on to their account at to confirm payment. Additional information can be found here:

Other details about the CARES Act programs can be found on the department’s website but some details are included below:

  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program provides a temporary emergency benefits of $600 per week on top of the existing weekly benefit payments. The additional $600 applies to regular benefits and pandemic unemployment assistance. The state implemented this program on April 24, 2020.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by COVID-19 and those who are not eligible for regular benefits. This program provides assistance to self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and part-time workers who do not have enough work history to be eligible. The state advises that payments will begin starting in mid-May.

Please be aware that individuals do not need to call the state to apply for benefits. Individuals can find more helpful information here:


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

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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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