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Unemployment Compensation and COVID-19

Unemployment compensation can put cash in your pocket when you have lost your job through no fault of your own.

If you are out of work or are losing hours because of COVID-19, you may qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation.

Do I qualify for unemployment compensation?

Apply for unemployment compensation if any of the following have happened to you at work because of the coronavirus pandemic or its impact:

  • Your hours have been reduced because of the public health crisis
  • You have been temporarily laid off or your workplace closed
  • You were sent home from work due to minor symptoms related to coronavirus
  • Your work was interrupted because you need to care for a family member
  • You were fired when you refused to work in unsafe conditions
  • You quit to avoid unsafe conditions


Which Unemployment Compensation Program Do I Apply For?

I have W2 work history from the last 18 months or am an app-based driver

You should apply for regular Unemployment Compensation benefits

I lost work because of COVID-19, but I don't qualify for UC

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

I don't know which program to apply for

Learn more about your eligibilty

I think I May Lose My Job

Are you scared that you might lose your job or need to take a leave of absence? Learn what you need to do to protect your eligibility for unemployment compensation.

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PLA is here to help you

If you need legal help or are denied benefits for any reason, please contact Philadelphia Legal Assistance and we may be able to offer you free legal representation. 

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COVID Relief Bill Passed on December 28, 2020

Congress extended PUA and PEUC by 11 weeks, which you can collect until April 10. All claimants receiving benefits will also automatically receive an extra $300 per week from January 2, 2021 through March 13, 2021.

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Think You Are Not Eligible for UC Benefits? Think Again!

In response to COVID-19, a new unemployment benefit program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is available to workers who are not eligible for regular Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC).

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The PA Department of Labor and Industry and PLA are two trusted sources of information on unemployment compensation changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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