• Employee Resources

    Under the CARES Act, unemployment benefits have been greatly expanded to increase the amount received by individuals, and expands benefits to to those formally ineligible for unemployment benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract workers, and those who haven’t accrued qualifying wages.

    Employees who qualify for standard unemployment should apply through that program. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment) is available for those who are self employed, contractors, or who do not meet income requirements for standard unemployment.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
     

    DIRECT PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS

    Americans who make no more than $75,000 will receive $1,200, and double that if they are married and making $150,000 or less. Individuals with children will receive $500 for every child. The amount for individuals will shrink by $5 for every $100 earned over $75,000. For couples who filed jointly, the reduction will start once they earn more than $150,000; for heads of household, at $112,500.

    The IRS will directly deposit the recovery rebate checks in the bank accounts of Americans who have set up Direct Deposit with the agency (within 30 days), and mail checks to those who haven’t (six to eight weeks). No one needs to apply. The IRS has all of hte informaiton based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns. Income taxes will not be paid on these direct payments.

    FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (FPUC)

    There is additional unemployment compensation if you lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Through July 31, 2020, the federal government would provide a temporary Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) of $600 a week for any worker eligible for state or federal unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. The FPUC would be paid in addition to and at the same time (but not necessarily in the same check) as regular state or federal UC benefits. The FPUC, combined with the underlying state unemployment benefit, would replace 100 percent of wages for the average U.S. worker. The federal supplement would not affect eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of the high volume of claims, we are asking that you help us help you and our greater community.

    If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A – M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.

    If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter N – Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.

    Other tips:

    • While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.
    • File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.
    • You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.
    • Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.

    Unemployment Insurance – During layoffs, all employees are encouraged to apply for unemployment insurance. Those who are job-attached (meaning workers will be expected to return after a separation of up to 16 weeks) should file as “job-attached.”

    Work-Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits and is an alternative to laying people off.

    Layoff/Separations –
    Businesses considering layoffs should encourage employees to contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance at 1-800-388-5515, in EspaƄol 1-866-422-0402. Because of the anticipated backlog, it could take up to six weeks for claims to get approved. Employers who are concerned about employee well-being might consider reducing hours immediately to let folks become eligible for UI while not losing all income entirely. Those who work fewer than 32 hours a week and earn less than the weekly amount of unemployment benefits (approximately 55% of the employees average wage) are eligible for unemployment benefits.

    • Job Attached Unemployment: click here.
    • Basic guide to unemployment: click here.
    • File for unemployment: click here.
    • Colorado online application for food stamps and other various sources of assistance programs such as help with child care, cash assistance, and access to health care coverage: click here.

    Other Resources

    Employees who need immediate assistance can access these resources

    One Fair Wage: This organization typically advocates for the end of the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, but right now it’s raising funds to give cash assistance to tipped workers and service workers affected by COVID-19. The goal is to give $213 (a play on the $2.13 federal minimum wage for tipped workers) to each worker who needs it. Go here to donate or request help.

    United States Bartenders Guild Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: The USBG is taking donations to help bartenders experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. These grants are paid directly to recipients who have shown immediate need. (Note that you do not need to be a member of the USBG to apply for a grant.) Jameson Irish Whiskey pledged $500,000, and others are following suit. If you need help, apply here.

    Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation: In response to massive coronavirus-related closures and downturns in revenue, this restaurant-centric organization set up a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund to benefit both restaurant owners and workers. Click here to donate to the fund, which provides zero-interest loans to businesses and funds for individual workers experiencing economic hardship. For help, go here.

    ·       Private relief funds for workers

    ·       Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund

    • ·       Help Colorado Now fund

    Also check with your local United Way to learn about other available programs.

  • Standard Unemployment Benefits Standard Unemployment Benefits

    AvailableTo:

    - Able and available for work
    - Was an employee
    - Earned at least $2,500 in past 18 months
    - Must register with Connecting Colorado

    •    55% of gross weekly wages up
          to $618 per week
    •    Pays an additional $600 per

          week
    •    39 total weeks
    •    Retroactive to Jan. 27, 2020

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

    Available To: 

    - Self-employed and contractors
    - Those who didn’t meet income requirements for standard unemployment
    - Those unable and unavailable for work due to COVID-19 impacts
    - Must register in Connecting Colorado

    •    55% of gross weekly
          wages up to $618 per week
    •    Pays an additional $600 per

          week
    •    39 total weeks