Key changes have been made to unemployment insurance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the federal and state levels. The CARES Act includes a $600 weekly federal supplement – in addition to Louisiana’s weekly allocation of up to $250 – that is expected to reach states beginning this week. The changes to unemployment insurance also significantly broaden eligibility to include the self-employed, gig workers, and those with a limited work history, lengthens the available benefit term, and waives both standard waiting periods and the requirement to seek work. Yesterday, Governor Edwards issued an executive order to respond to the high number of claims in the state, largely bringing state processes in line with federal updates. Individuals seeking to file for unemployment benefits may do so through the Louisiana Workforce Commission. An FAQ for businesses can be found here.
BRAC put together a quick video to hit the major updates to unemployment insurance. Feel free to share with those that may be seeking benefits.