Here’s how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits amid coronavirus pandemic

TODAY ADA AND ANDRE. I THINK THIS WILL HELP OUR NEWSROOM, AS YOU KNOW HAS BEEN FLOODED WITH CALLS AND EMAILS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW OUT OF WORK AND ARE NOT ABLE TO FILE CLAIMS AND THE BIG POINT FROM THE LABOR DEPARTMENT IF YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE T FILE YET. THIS IS SOOKIE. YOU WILL RECEIVE BACK-PAY STARTING FROM THE DAY AFTER YOU STOPPED WORKING. BUT WHEN THAT BACK PAY WILL START DEPENDS ON PEOPLE GETTING INTO THE SYSTEM ON THE LABOR DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE OR GETTING THROUGH OVER THE PHONE SO DUE TO THE UNPRECEDENTED VOLUME THE DEPARTMENT CAME UP WITH A WAY OF TRYING TO MAKE THINGS MORE EFFICIENT. LET’S EXPLAIN IT TO YOU. NOW. IT’S NOW SUGGEST FILING NEW CLAIMS BASED ON YOUR LAST NAME. SO ANYONE WITH THE LAST NAME THAT STARTS WITH THE THE LETTERS A TO F F AS IN FRANK, SHOULD FILE THEIR CLAIM ON MONDAY GEE THROUGH N AND AS A NANCY SHOULD FILE ON TUESDAY AND 0 TO Z ON WEDNESDAY, THEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OVER THE PHONE AND THROUGH SUNDAY ONLINE FILING IS OPEN. ALL RIGHT, SO MARYLAND’S LABOR SECRETARY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE IS NOW A TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FOR ANY CURRENT OR NEW UNEMPLOYMENT RECIPIENT FROM BEING REQUIRED TO ACTIVELY SEEK WORK FOR A 10 PERIOD THAT EXEMPTION IS AS OF MARCH 21ST, BUT RECIPIENTS WILL STILL NEED TO FILE WEEKLY CERTIFICATIONS A LOT OF INFORMATION WE KNOW AND WE KNOW THAT IS A LOT OF INFORMATION AND WE COULDN’T EVEN GET TO ALL OF IT INCLUDING THE FACT THAT MORE BENEFITS ARE BEING AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE NOT WORKING RIGHT NOW. SO WE HAVE ALL OF THIS COMPILED FOR YOU THE LATEST FROM THE LABO

Here’s how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits amid coronavirus pandemic

There has been a huge jump in unemployment claims since businesses started closing because of the coronavirus pandemic.There were 38,000 new applications in Maryland just last week — and that’s jamming up the system.The big point from the Maryland Department of Labor is that residents who are eligible for unemployment insurance — even if they aren’t able to file yet — will receive back pay starting from the day after they stopped working.But when that back pay will start depends on people getting into the system on the Department of Labor’s website or getting through over the phone at 410-949-0022.Due to the unprecedented volume, the Department of Labor came up with a way to try and make things more efficient. It now suggests filing new claims based on your last name:Anyone with a last name that starts with the letters A to F should file their claim on MondayG to N should file on TuesdayO to Z on WednesdayOn Thursdays and Fridays, anyone can file over the phone. On Thursdays through Sundays, anyone can file online.Maryland’s labor secretary announced Tuesday there is now a temporary exemption for any current or new unemployment recipients from being required to actively seek work for a 10-week period. The exemption takes effect March 21, but recipients will still need to file weekly certifications.|| More information from the Maryland Department of Labor ||

BALTIMORE —

There has been a huge jump in unemployment claims since businesses started closing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There were 38,000 new applications in Maryland just last week — and that’s jamming up the system.

The big point from the Maryland Department of Labor is that residents who are eligible for unemployment insurance — even if they aren’t able to file yet — will receive back pay starting from the day after they stopped working.

But when that back pay will start depends on people getting into the system on the Department of Labor’s website or getting through over the phone at 410-949-0022.

Due to the unprecedented volume, the Department of Labor came up with a way to try and make things more efficient. It now suggests filing new claims based on your last name:

  • Anyone with a last name that starts with the letters A to F should file their claim on Monday
  • G to N should file on Tuesday
  • O to Z on Wednesday

On Thursdays and Fridays, anyone can file over the phone. On Thursdays through Sundays, anyone can file online.

Maryland’s labor secretary announced Tuesday there is now a temporary exemption for any current or new unemployment recipients from being required to actively seek work for a 10-week period. The exemption takes effect March 21, but recipients will still need to file weekly certifications.

|| More information from the Maryland Department of Labor ||

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