Summary of COVID-19 or CARES Act

THE CARES ACT ENHANCED BENEFITS

NOTE: Maryland’s IT System is not currently set up to process CARES ACT Claims. They are working to create new IT processes, modify their current technical systems, train staff, and conduct tests before administering the new programs created by the CARES ACT. Please do not submit a claim at this time for unemployment if you are SELF-EMPLOYED, AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, GIG WORKER, OR HAVE INSUFFICIENT WORK HISTORY. The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance will BROADLY MESSAGE the availability of an application process for these new programs.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • Individuals who are not usually eligible for regular UI and who cannot work due to COVID-19 are eligible for a maximum of 39 weeks of benefits, which includes $600 FPUC.

  • Please do NOT yet submit an application if you are self-employed, an independent contractor, gig worker, have insufficient work history, and/or believe you may be eligible. Our system is currently not set up to process these types of applicants, as they are formerly considered ineligible. If you do submit an application, it will be denied.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

  • $600 per week on top of current regular UI benefits.

  • Effective March 29, 2020 through July 31, 2020.

  • Will be automatically updated if you qualify, are currently receiving benefits, and once our technical systems are modified.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

  • 13 additional weeks of UI benefits, plus $600 FPUC.

  • Effective March 29, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

  • Will be automatically updated if you qualify, are currently receiving benefits, and once our technical systems are modified.