The CARES Act & the Idaho Department of Labor

By May 12, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Idaho Department of Labor has started issuing payments for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This program provides benefits to individuals who are unemployed because of COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular benefits. The state advises that payments will be made to individuals who are not monetarily eligible for regular benefits and have no pending issues on their claim. Payments will initially be for the minimum benefit amount of $168 per week for up to 39 weeks. However, the weekly benefit amount may increase when individuals provide proof of income (but there is no need to submit this proof if its already been submitted to the state). A supplemental payment will then be provided for claimed eligible weeks. More information on this program can be found on the state’s website:

Individuals who are eligible will receive their benefits in their bank accounts or debit cards about three business days after they are issued by the state. The payments will be retroactive to February 2, 2020, or the first week an individual is out of work due to COVID-19 – whichever is later. The payment will be delivered in one lump sum. Individuals do not need to do anything extra to receive the $168 and should continue to file weekly claims. Individuals with pending issues on their claims will not receive the additional funds until all issues have been resolved and they are approved for benefits. Individuals can review their claim status on their portal.

Program details can be found on the Labor website on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program page:

More helpful information about unemployment and COVID-19 can be found on the FAQs page:


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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