Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many people who are being laid off from their jobs.This blog post provides some information to get you started while trying to apply for unemployment benefits. Information in this blog post is subject to change at any time given new developments and press talks by the Governor.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a specific page compiling information regarding unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic and important information and links as of March 19, 2020.
The COVID-19 Unemployment Handbook (Initial claims filed on or after March 15, 2020) is a downloadable PDF that can guide you through the entire process of filling out your initial claim and what to expect next.
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance is hosting virtual halls to assist people who have recently lost their jobs and have questions about unemployment benefits. Check out this link to check the dates and times, and to sign up.
Greater Boston Legal Services and Mass. Law Reform Institute have created a list of Questions and Answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI). You can find that list here, as well as links to the Spanish and Vietnamese translated lists. Note: This was prepared as general guidance and not as legal advice by Greater Boston Legal Services and Mass. Law Reform Institute.
Be well and stay safe!