Federal CARES Update - 4/5/20
The federal CARES Act will provide an additional $600 per week to individuals receiving unemployment benefits beginning March 29, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Beginning with week ending April 4, 2020, if you file for and are eligible for a UC payment you will receive an additional $600.
L&I will begin issuing the additional $600 per week once we have received guidance from the United States Department of Labor and have modified our system to implement that guidance. Once implemented, payments will be retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020. It is anticipated that this benefit will be paid on a bi-weekly basis, the week after you file for and receive your regular UC payment. This benefit is taxable and therefore will be subject to 10% Federal Withholding Tax, if you elected to have taxes withheld from your regular UC benefits. For information about changing your election visit our Taxes on Benefits page.
L&I will decide eligibility for the additional $600 based on eligibility for the underlying program eligibility; individuals do not have to separately apply for this benefit. In addition to regular UC, if you are or become eligible for one of the following, the additional $600 will be paid:
- Shared-Work, or Short-Time Compensation (STC)
- Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Additional information about PEUC and PUA will be provided when we receive complete guidance from United States Department of Labor.
The federal CARES Act will provide unemployment benefits to the self-employed, independent contractors, and gig workers. Please continue to check this page for filing instructions. At this time, you should NOT file a claim through the existing online system or phone number if you are not currently eligible for unemployment benefits.
The federal CARES Act will provide additional weeks of benefits for those exhausting unemployment compensation. We will update our website with instructions on accessing these benefits as we receive guidance from the federal government. Please check our site regularly for updated instructions and to find FAQs about unemployment compensation