Filing a New Claim Application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
How to File a NEW Claim Application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Oregon Unemployment
Oregon PUA help for Pandemic unemployment assistance or PUA is a program under the coronavirus aid relief and Economic Security or CARES Act of 2020 that provides unemployment
assistance to workers who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance compensation PUA provides temporary benefits to eligible individuals who are self-employed independent contractors lack sufficient work history do not qualify for a regular unemployment claim or have exhausted other forms of unemployment insurance benefits.
- Answer yes if you do not have a job because the employer postponed the job offer as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Answer yes if you do not have a job because the employer rescinded the job offer as a direct result of the COVID-19 health emergency did you apply for receive or would you be eligible to receive if you had ever applied for unemployment compensation under any state or federal law
- Answer yes if you have received payment from any of our unemployment programs such as regular unemployment insurance unemployment insurance for civilian federal employees unemployment insurance for ex service members disaster unemployment assistance work share benefits payment under the self-employment assistance program the pandemic emergency unemployment compensation which is the thirteen week extension to regular benefits or extended benefits question to any amounts for loss of wages due to illness or disability
- Answer yes if you have received any workers compensation or disability pay question three any type of private income protection insurance answer yes if you received any insurance benefits from being unable to work for a period of time because of illness our injury question for any amount as a supplemental unemployment benefit answer yes if you are paid benefits in accordance with a collective bargaining agreement such as extended layoff benefits or fertil benefits these are payments but are not wages but provided as part of supplemental unemployment benefits are you receiving or will you receive retirement pay other than Social Security within the next 12 months answer yes only if you are receiving or you will receive retirement pay within the next twelve months other than Social Security next is a series of questions regarding how you may have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Answer yes if you have been diagnosed by a qualified medical professional or you are seeking a medical diagnosis because you are experiencing symptoms answer no if you are not experiencing symptoms or if you are experiencing symptoms but you are not seeking a medical diagnosis has a member of your household been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Answer yes only if a member of your household has been diagnosed as having COVID-19 by a qualified medical professional or has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are unable to work as a result answer no if a member of your household is experiencing symptoms but has not yet been diagnosed with COVID-19 are you caring for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Answer yes if the care requires such ongoing and constant attention that your ability to perform other work functions is severely limited answer no if you are assisting a family member who is able to adequately care for themselves is there a child or other person in the household for whom you have the primary care giving responsibility for that is unable to attend school or another facility that closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for you to work
- Answer yes if you are required to remain at home to provide care for that child or other person in the household
- Answer yes if your job allows for telework but the amount of care requires such ongoing and constant attention that it is not possible for you to perform work at home have you become the breadwinner or provider of majority support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19
- Answer yes if the head of household previously contributed the majority of financial support has died as a direct result of COVID-19 and you are now the person in the household expected to provide financial support has your place of employment closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency
- Answer yes if your employer shut down due to an emergency declaration are due to necessary social distancing protocols have you quit a job as a direct result of COVID-19
- answer yes if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a qualified medical professional or we’re experiencing symptoms and seeking a diagnosis but your employer was unable to accommodate your situation by allowing you to work from home or take time off and you had to leave work
- answer yes if you had to care for another individual either because they were ill or because their
normal care facility was closed such as daycare or school or elder care and you had to quit work because your employer could not accommodate your situation by allowing you to work from home or to take time off are you unable to reach your place of employment because you have been advised by a healthcare provider to south quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19
- answer yes if you have been advised by a qualified medical professional they you may be infected with the corona virus and that you should self quarantine
- answer yes if you had direct contact with another person who has been tested positive for the corona virus or had been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a qualified medical professional and have been advised by a healthcare provider to self quarantine to prevent further possible spread of the virus such circumstances would render you unable to reach your place of employment
- answer yes if your immune system is compromised because of a serious health condition and you have been advised to by a health care provider to self quarantine in order to avoid the greater than average health risks that you might face if you were to become infected by the corona virus are you unable to reach your place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency
- answer yes if you are unable to reach your place of employment because doing so would require the violation of the stay home save lives order do you have the ability to continue to receive payment from your employer while working from home
- answer yes if you have been offered the option of continuing to work for pay by teleworking and have refused such offer
- answer yes if you have been offered the option of continuing to work for pay by teleworking and have accepted the offer but you are working less than what you are performing prior are you receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits
- answer yes if you are receiving any paid leave benefits for your customary work hours this includes sick leave vacation and any other paid leave are you currently self-employed
- answer yes if you have performed self-employment within the most recently completed tax year.
- answer yes even if you are filing your business income with your personal return if you file a business return please provide the type of business return that you file in the space below do you determine how the work is to be performed
- answer yes if you decide how you perform your work answer know if the company you provide service for determines how you perform your work do you have the right to hire someone to help you perform your services
- answer yes if you can hire employees for your business answer no if the company you provide services for does the staff hiring or strictly prohibits you from hiring others to assist you if yes can you discharge them
- answer yes if you also have the ability to fire your employees answer no if the company you provide service for is the one who fires employees do you determine where the work is going to be performed
- answer yes if you determine where your work will be performed answer no if the company provides services for determines where the work will be performed do you determine your rate of compensation
- answer yes if you determine your rate of pay answer no if the company you provide services for determines your rate do you have an investment in tools or equipment
- answer yes if you have an investment in tools equipment or anything else towards your business and list how much you have invested in the space below can the company you provide services to terminate you
- answer yes if the company or clients you provide services to can terminate your employment at any time do you have more than one client
- answer yes if you have more than one client and lists the number of clients you have in the space below.
- answer yes if you were able and available for work based on the Oregon Employment Department s– current temporary rules if you are unsure please go to our website for more information are you currently impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency
- answer yes if you are currently impacted by COVID-19 answer no if you are not currently impacted by COVID-19 if yes please explain in the space below how you are currently impacted question 4 did you refuse any work during any of the weeks claimed above
- answer yes if an employer offered you work but you refused regardless of the reason.
benefit amount you must provide proof of your income for your most recently completed tax year. In order to have the possibility of a higher claim amount you must have earnings in excess of $16,480 for the year 2019. If you are self-employed you may provide your most recent tax return with your net income you may also provide profit loss statements if you have not filed your taxes yet showing your net income for your business.