Expanded Unemployment Benefits Under Federal Law During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
If you've been laid off or can't work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
, you could be eligible for unemployment benefits. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
made available three programs to states for expanded unemployment programs:
- an additional $600 per week (through July 31, 2020), over and above the regular benefits provided by the state
- 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, beyond the state's maximum, through December 31, 2020; and
- unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, through December 31, 2020, for some individuals who wouldn't otherwise qualify.
If you fit into one of categories of workers who aren't normally eligible for unemployment-including gig workers, independent contractors, the self employed, or people who don't have enough work history to qualify under Nevada's rules (discussed below)-you may be able to receive benefits through the PUA if you can't work for certain coronavirus-related reasons, such as because:
- you can't get to your workplace due to a quarantine, or it was closed because of the public health emergency
- you or someone in your household has COVID-19
- you have to care for a child whose school is closed, or
- you had to quit working because of COVID-19.
The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, but there was a time lag before states could implement the law and process applications under the PUA. Check for COVID-19 updates from Nevada's Employment Security Division
looks like the state gives us unemployment until the strip opens back up. after that looks like no go