For employees on an unpaid furlough, temporary layoff or other separation of employment, there may be benefits available by filing a claim with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The DUA makes the final determination of benefits eligibility.
According to the DUA, eligible employees will receive 50% of their average weekly wages, up to $823/week. For a limited period of time, due to federal funding under the CARES Act, employees may qualify for an additional $600/week on top of their regular unemployment rate.
The enhancement to unemployment benefits are effective through the end of July 2020. Also, there is generally a one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits to begin, but this waiting period has been waived as a component of the CARES Act through Dec. 26, 2020.
Generally, you must have earned at least $5,100 during the last four completed calendar quarters, and earned 30 times the weekly benefit amount, in order to be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. For other eligibility guidelines and more information on unemployment insurance, please visit the DUA website.
There is a helpful aid which outlines the steps for filing a COVID-19 related claim: Filing a new unemployment claim (COVID-19).
If asked, the name of your employer/agency and other information is provided here: