Scared to go back to work? You could lose jobless benefits.
When you’re partially unemployed, the PDLI doesn’t give you total unemployment benefits. Instead it gives you a partial payment based on the amount of money you earn each week. Pennsylvania’s partial benefit credit is 30 percent of your weekly benefit credit, which is the amount of money you can earn each week before it affects your benefits.
Unemployment benefits aim to provide basic income to those who recently out of work through no fault of their own. To get your benefits started, it is advisable to contact your state unemployment office as soon as you lose your job. Eligibility determination may take several weeks.
Normally, you wouldn’t be able to receive unemployment benefits unless you work for a company that pays into the program, and most self-employed and gig-workers don’t fall into that category. However, the government is allowing many of these workers to collect unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they’re still able to bring in a portion of their usual earnings.
Some states that are reopening parts of their economies have warned employees that they'll lose their unemployment benefits if they refuse to go back to work for their employers, even if they're.
Unlike normal unemployment benefits, which come out of state coffers, the CARES Act made work-sharing benefits 100 percent federally funded. It’s a way to channel money from Washington to local.
In most states, people who still are employed may qualify for partial unemployment benefits if their employers drastically cut their work hours due to lack of work. Apply for partial unemployment using the same application you would use for regular unemployment and attach a letter from your employer stating that you are partially unemployed.
If you lose your job as a result of coronavirus, you’re still eligible for the same unemployment benefits that you would be under any other circumstances (you can read more about those below). If you’re self-employed (ZZP) and aren’t getting as much work as usual as a result of coronavirus, then you might be eligible for government aid.