Beneficios de desempleo

Esta página contiene información sobre los recursos de desempleo, como el alivio del seguro de desempleo, los beneficios, la compensación de los trabajadores, el bienestar o la asistencia temporal, y otros programas y servicios de desempleo

Recursos útiles

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

How to file for unemployment insurance relief and what assistance is needed form the employer.

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Unemployment Help From usa.gov

How to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other unemployment programs and services.

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MA Job Seekers and Unemployment Insurance FAQ

Job opportunities and information on unemployment insurance.

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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

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SNAP

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), gives individuals and families money to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and certain farmers markets. You have the right to apply for SNAP any time you need help.

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Regular Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment assistance is available to all of those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. If you don't qualify for unemployment assistance, you should also try Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

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Seguro de Desempleo

Al 20 de abril de 2020, el Departamento de Asistencia de Desempleo de nuestro estado ha publicado una actualización:

  • El Departamento ya ha comenzado a aplicar el programa de la FPUC para los reclamantes regulares de la interfaz de usuario. Los $600 se agregarán a todas las semanas elegibles de beneficios retroactivos al 29 de marzo de 2020 y continuarán hasta el 31 de julio de 2020. Los desembolsos comenzarán inmediatamente en Massachusetts para aquellos que actualmente están recopilando beneficios en reclamos regulares de interfaz de usuario.
    • Próximos pasos para los demandantes: Los reclamantes elegibles que ya están recibiendo la interfaz de usuario no necesitan hacer nada por los $600 adicionales que se agregarán a su monto de beneficio semanal. Este beneficio estará disponible para todos los nuevos reclamantes que soliciten una Compensación de Desempleo regular también, lo que se puede hacer aquí.

  • Asistencia por Desempleo Pandémico (PUA) - Para personas no cubiertas por el seguro de desempleo tradicional (trabajadores por cuenta propia, trabajadores de la economía de Gig, otros):
    • Si usted es autónomo, 1099 contratistas, trabajadores de trabajo, DUA ahora tiene una solicitud disponible para usted. PUA proporcionará hasta 39 semanas de beneficios de desempleo a personas que no están trabajando como resultado de COVID-19 y son trabajadores por cuenta propia, contratistas independientes, trabajadores de la economía de conciertos, y otros que de otra manera no calificarían para la interfaz de usuario regular.
    • Próximos pasos para los demandantes: Los reclamantes elegibles deben presentar su solicitud visitando la página web
      aquí
      .
    • Los reclamantes elegibles recibirán este beneficio respaldado al 2 de febrero de 2020, o la primera semana que un reclamante no pudo trabajar como resultado de COVID-19, lo que sea más reciente.
  • Compensación por Desempleo de Emergencia Pandémica (PEUC) - Para las personas que agotaron los beneficios anteriores de la interfaz de usuario:
    • Una extensión de 13 semanas de beneficios para las personas que agotaron sus beneficios anteriores –
      todavía no está disponible
      como DUA continúa esperando la orientación federal de implementación.
    • Próximos pasos para los demandantes: No hay acción en este momento. Los reclamantes elegibles deben continuar buscando actualizaciones, que estarán disponibles tan pronto como el estado reciba información del gobierno federal.

Consulte el
Departamento de Seguro de Desempleo del Estado
para obtener más información sobre las actualizaciones sobre cuándo estarán disponibles los beneficios de la interfaz de usuario incluidos en el estímulo federal.

Solicitud de Seguro de Desempleo

Q: How do I apply for Unemployment Insurance in Massachusetts?

Visit the state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance here to apply. Application is available daily from 6am-10pm. The fastest way is to apply online, but if you need assistance, you can also fill out the contact form here or call 617-626-6800 or 877-626-6800 (Spanish and Portuguese assistance available). There is also a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Q: What documents do I need in order to apply?
  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Number (if applicable)
  • Residential Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Most recent 15 months of employment history, including employer’s names, address, phone number, reason for separation from job, and worker’s start and end dates of work
  • Social Security Number and Date of Birth for Dependents (if applicable)
  • Bank Account Number and Routing Number for direct deposit (recommended)
Q: I need assistance applying for UI benefits because I do not have a computer with internet access or I would like general help. Where can I go to get some help?

If you need assistance, you can go directly to the state’s Department of Unemployment Assistance Office’s website and fill out the contact form here or call 617-626-6800 or 877-626-6800 (Spanish and Portuguese assistance available).

You can also call the Greater Boston Legal Services at 617-603-1639 (all languages) or 617-603-1530 (Spanish).

You can also get in touch with the Lawyers for Civil Rights by filling out the form here.

Q: I am an immigrant. Am I eligible for UI benefits?

Yes, if you are a non-citizen but have work authorization, you are eligible to receive UI benefits. Getting UI benefits does not count as a public charge. It does not affect your immigration status.

For those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the USCIS has extended through January 4, 2021, the validity of certain TPS-related documentation (Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record) for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan, provided that the affected beneficiaries remain individually eligible for TPS. For more information visit USCIS website here.

Q: Am I eligible for UI due to the coronavirus?

If your company is shut-down due to coronavirus, if your employer reduced your work hours for any reason including coronavirus, if you were laid-off temporarily due to coronavirus but were asked to return when business picks up, if you are quarantined or self-quarantined by employer/government order/medical professional; if you are at home caring for a family member who are quarantined or sick, you left work because your child’s school/daycare closed - please contact the DUA to apply for UI benefits.

Q: How much Unemployment Insurance will I get?

You will get approximately half of your average weekly wage with the maximum amount of $823 a week. You will also be eligible for $25 per week for each dependent child up to the amount that is half of your UI check. The new stimulus package also allows you to collect additional $600 per week until July 31, 2020.

Q: How long will I get a UI?

You will receive UI for 39 weeks (26 weeks state benefits + 13 weeks of federal benefits) depending on the amount of time you worked and how much you earned before you applied for UI.

Q: I have not been able to get in touch with someone at the Unemployment Insurance Office to ask questions or to find out about the status of my application. What can I do?

There are so many people applying for unemployment insurance at this time. You may want to participate in their town hall meeting by clicking here to ask your questions or simply fill out the form here and someone will get in touch with you.

ACTO DE CUIDADOS: EXPANSION DE SEGURO DE DESEMPLEO (UI)

Q: I am self-employed/1099 contractor/gig economy worker. Am I now eligible for unemployment insurance?

The federal stimulus package signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, called the CARES Act, expands eligibility for workers who traditionally have not had access to UI including those who are self employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. If you are self-employed, a 1099 contractor, or a gig economy worker, you are now eligible to receive UI, given that you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

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Q: I am a self-employed/1099 contractor/gig economy worker. I have not been able to access Unemployment Insurance. When can I expect to receive this benefit?

{UPDATED April 20, 2020} If you are self-employed, a 1099 contractor, or a gig worker, DUA now has an application available for you. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will provide up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not working as a result of COVID-19 and are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others who otherwise would not qualify for regular UI. Eligible claimants should apply by visiting the webpage here.

Q: Am I covered under PUA?

Please visit the website here that provides you with a checklist to see if you are covered under PUA.

Q: I would like some assistance applying for PUA.

You can apply over the phone by calling 1-877-626-6800, available both in Spanish and Portuguese. Filing for PUA benefits by phone is based on the last digit of your Social Security Number. If your SSN ends:

  • 0 or 1, file on Monday
  • 2 or 3, file on Tuesday
  • 4, 5, or 6, file on Wednesday
  • 7, 8, 9, file on Thursday
  • Any number file on Friday
Q: What documents do I need in order to apply for PUA?
  • The date you had to stop working - they ask when COVID-19 first impacted you. You can get benefits payments back to Feb 2, 2020, so this date is important.
  • Your Social Security Number
  • If you are not a US citizen, the number the immigration service gave you called “USCIS Issued Identification Number”
  • Your home address
  • Your mailing address