The application is open for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program that allows self-employed, contract workers, those whose claims have expired or benefits have been exhausted, and those who don’t qualify for traditional benefits to receive unemployment benefits for COVID-related employment disruptions. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment hosted a town hall-type question and answer session earlier today.
Benefits available for claims between Feb. 2 and Dec. 26.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)ProcessApply online at coloradoui.gov.Application vets whether an applicant qualifies for PUA or traditional unemployment insurance (UI). Those qualified for traditional UI must use that system and will be directed to do so. A PIN will be provided by email (if provided) or by a call. Providing a valid email address will expedite the process. The effective date is the closest Sunday to the last day of employment or first day of reduced hours.
PaymentPayments should clear within three days after the payment request is made. Direct deposit is the fastest way to get paid. Applications will be processed overnight. Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their application is being processed; they will be able to request payments online as well as file for all back weeks since the effective date of their application.
DocumentsApplicants should have on hand their most recent tax documents in order to demonstrate earnings (if applicable).
PUA questions or to file without a computer: 303-318-9000