The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has completed building its online platform to accept applications to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. You can find the application here:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. PUA is part of Section 2102 of the federal CARES Act, signed into law March 27, 2020.
For more information, you can read the Department’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits Guide.
Image: Stacey Styles (Traditional Arts Finalist ’20) restoring a guitar.