CARES Benefits Explained
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on all of our daily lives. Hopefully, this will soon pass, but in the meantime, there are resources available to help employees and businesses. I am sharing this information with all of you in the hope that it will help.
The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office does not oversee or administer these programs. We are just sharing information.
Iowa Workforce Development has outlined the benefits of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which provides unemployment benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for a regular state claim.
The CARES Act also includes eligibility for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits in any amount to be paid an additional $600 weekly benefit. After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, IWD has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to be able to pay qualified individuals their benefits as quickly as possible, and estimate this will occur within the next 10 days.
The CARES Act provides the following unemployment insurance benefit programs:
You can find more resources on business recovery from the Iowa Economic Development Authority by clicking the image above.
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