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COVID-19 Iowa Unemployment

Expanded Unemployment Insurance:  

 

NOTE: The River Music Experience is providing the following information as a helpful resource to our music community. Neither the RME nor its staff are legal experts, and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice.

The following information applies to Iowa. We will update our site when information from Illinois is available.

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Iowa Workforce Development IS NOW ACCEPTING applications for CARES Act benefits. Read the information below to learn more, and to see how to apply. 

 

The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 has temporarily expanded unemployment benefits to self-employed and gig-based workers (including musicians) who were previously ineligible.

Specifically, according to the --SBE Council’s analysis—( https://sbecouncil.org/2020/03/26/whats-in-the-cares-act-for-small-businesses-the-self-employed-and-gig-workers/ ), Section 2102 of the CARES Act “creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020 to provide payment to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. 

AM I ELIGIBLE? 

Those who are newly eligible under the CARES Act include: self-employed, independent contract workers, gig economy workers, those typically ineligible for state unemployment benefits or who have exhausted benefits.

HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE? FOR HOW LONG? 

The recent expansion of Unemployment in response to the coronavirus public health emergency has temporarily expanded the length and maximum dollar amount of benefits.

Traditional unemployment benefits are based on your typical previous earnings, and typically only cover a percentage of that, which is different in each state. The CARES Act will add up to $600 per week to the maximum benefit amount for up to four months.

Traditional unemployment in Iowa and Illinois ends after 26 weeks. The CARES Act has added 13 weeks of additional time, making the total 39 weeks.

HOW DO I PREPARE TO FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT? 

The application requires the following information. You should prepare this information now, to make sure you can quickly and accurately submit your application. 

-Social Security Number 

-Full legal name, SSN, dates of birth, and relationship of any dependents, up to a maximum of four 

-Complete mailing address, including apartment/lot number 

-Telephone number 

 

And proof of income, which could include any of the following documents: 

-2019 1099 

-2019 W-2 

-2019 Pay stubs 

-2020 Pay stubs 

-Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return

WHEN AND HOW DO I FILE? 

Step One: File your initial claim application 

-You must file your initial claim during the first week (Sunday through Saturday) you wish to be paid. You will not receive payments for any weeks prior to the effective date of your claim. 

-During this process, you will be asked to verify your identity with a series of questions. 

-When you submit your initial claim, you will create a PIN. Do not lose this!

Step Two: File your weekly claim every week 

-To continue receiving unemployment benefits, you must file a claim every week. 

 

For a full description and walk-through of the initial claim and weekly claim processes, visit this website: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/steps-responsibilities-file-unemployment-insurance-claim You will want to read this whole page carefully before applying.

WHERE DO I FILE? 

Once you have read through all the instructions and you have gathered all the required information, visit this website to learn more about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and CARES Act benefits, and to apply: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/pua-information

This page will walk you through the steps to apply.

NEED HELP? 

If you need further information or assistance, check the FAQ first: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/unemployment-insurance-frequently-asked-questions 

 

If that doesn’t answer your question, call UI Customer Service at 1-866-239-0843 between the hours of 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. (Be warned: Call volume is high and you will likely be waiting on hold for a very long time.) 

 

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NOTE: The River Music Experience is providing the following information as a helpful resource to our music community. Neither the RME nor its staff are legal experts, and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice.