The CARES Act & the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

By April 24, 2020August 7th, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19, Fraud

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that, under the CARES act, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) has begun its weekly $600 deposits into the accounts of those receiving unemployment benefits. Payments will cover the timeline of 3/29/20-7/31/2020. These stimulus deposits are taxable and subject to child support withholding.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):

The PUA was created in response to the current pandemic to help those in lines of work that would not normally be eligible for UI, such as the self-employed or contractors. It is important to note that if these workers are able to receive compensation through telework or if they have access to paid leave, that they will not qualify for PUA benefits.

Applications for benefits are being integrated into the Uplink online system and hope to be live by tomorrow and start making payments next month. To receive aid through PUA, claimants must first go through the process of filing (and being denied) general unemployment insurance benefits.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):
In response to Covid-19, the CARES Act has also produced the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. The PUEC is coming to the aid of those who have exhausted their usual UI benefits by granting an additional 13 weeks of payments.

Additional Information:
All claimants must continue to file weekly to receive payment and may check on their claim any time on the Uplink site mentioned above. First time claims with no issues can take up to 21 days to be processed. It is important to note that if your filing has an issue, calling the center is not helpful and only contributes to bombarding the system. Rest assured that any claims with issues are assigned a DWD Claims Investigator for analysis and they will be in touch as soon as possible.

Over 450,000 unemployment claims have already been filed in the state of Indiana. The additional benefits from the CARES act will cause this number to continue to climb. It is most helpful to wait until midweek or later to file your claims to result in faster processing. Also, during these high number of submitted claims, there has been an uptick in fraud. Anyone that misrepresents the truth or provides false information in their claims will become ineligible for benefits and can expect criminal prosecution on a state and federal level.

Individuals should click here for the most up to date information on benefits throughout this pandemic.

A helpful video showing how to file claims can be found 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 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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