An additional $600 payment for eligible unemployed Marylanders starting today, the Maryland Department of Labor announced on Friday.
Next Friday, April 24, the department will be launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to allow all newly eligible Marylanders to file all types of claims entirely online.
This includes those who are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, such as those who are self employed, and individuals who were previously required to file by phone.
According to the Department, The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program is officially launching today and provides unemployment insurance benefit recipients with an additional $600 per week payment on top of their current regular benefits.
"Current and future claimants who are eligible for benefits the week ending April 4 will see this additional $600 per week payment on the day of their next regularly scheduled payment by 5 p.m. Marylanders will receive benefits retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility, so many individuals may see $1,200 deposited on their debit card to cover this payment for the past two weeks."
The new one-stop unemployment insurance application will implement the two remaining CARES Act programs. Those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, have insufficient work history, or who have exhausted their benefits since July 1, 2019 and are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program will now be able to submit their applications online and receive their benefits retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility.
All you have to do is click here and enter your email to receive important information and instructions about filing their new claim.
The new online application also implements the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.
Officials say starting next Friday, new claimants and those who are already receiving benefits will automatically receive an additional 13 weeks of benefits under the CARES Act.
Current eligible claimants do not need to take any additional steps to receive these extended benefits.