Summary of important information:
More details for employees can be found online at the Office of Employment Compensation.
- If your employer temporarily closes because of COVID-19, you are eligible to file for unemployment compensation (UC). The fastest way to file a claim is online at uc.pa.gov. You will receive a confirmation email containing important details once you submit your claim.
- If you are currently employed but have been directed by a healthcare provider, medical professional or public official to isolate or quarantine, you may be eligible for UC.
- If your hours have been reduced because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for UC.
- If you are a part-time employee who must self-isolate/quarantine or are unable to work because you tested positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for UC.
- As of March 16, 2020 all work search requirements pertaining to UC have been waived. The waiting week for UC has also been waived for all claimants.
- Once your claim has been processed and approved, it should take 2-4 weeks to receive your first payment. You should continue to file your biweekly claim during this time.
- You should exhaust all paid leave available through your employer before filing a UC claim. If you know you will exhaust your paid leave, you may file a UC claim.
- Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, individuals may be newly eligible for paid leave. However, UC has not received guidance from the federal government on how this will work. Until guidance is received, you should use any paid leave that you have currently earned through your employer. If you do not have paid leave available, you may be eligible for UC.
- FMLA Policy
- Labor Law FAQs
- COVID-19: Scenarios & Benefits Chart