Pandemic FUnemployment Assistance or PUA,
Pandemic FUnemployment Assistance or PUA, is the program that will provide unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes individuals who are self-emploCVyed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits. The GDOL has modified its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA. These individuals must be determined ineligible for state benefits before being evaluated for federal PUA benefits. Once an applicant is deemed ineligible, they will be asked additional questions and information about past wages and earnings to continue the process. See detailed instructions on PUA. Once the application is received, it will be held and automatically processed once programming of this program is completed.