The CARES Act & the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Updates

By July 15, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) must re-determine eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) on a quarterly basis. Individuals who must file a ‘Quarter Change’ claim can take the following steps to continue to file for unemployment benefits:

  • On your Uplink Claimant homepage, check to see if you have vouchers to file. File all vouchers for weeks you wish to claim and were unemployed;
  • After filing all vouchers, return to your Uplink Claimant homepage and check to see if you have a link to file a new claim. File the new claim as soon as the link is available – before Saturday, July 11, 2020 and complete it by 8:45pm.

PUA provides benefits for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. PUA benefits are expected to conclude on December 25, 2020 – unlike the $600 weekly benefit available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which are scheduled to end on July 25, 2020. PEUC provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who exhausted their benefits. To apply for benefits, review FAQs, or learn more about benefits, please visit


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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