Montana Department of Labor & Industry today announced Montanans can now
access an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, expanded
through the passage of the recent stimulus package, or CARES Act.
emergency benefits will bring financial relief to another group of Montanans
who have felt the sustained economic impact of COVID-19 across our state. By
adding the additional 13 weeks of benefits, we’re able to ensure Montanans have
the financial support they need during this uncertain time,”
Commissioner Brenda Nordlund said.
“This release completes Montana’s
implementation of the federal Cares Act enhanced unemployment compensation
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment
Compensation (PEUC) provides 13 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who
have exhausted their regular UI benefits.
Claimants who currently have
exhausted their regular UI must re-file their claim by selecting the green
“Access Unemployment Claim Services” button after logging into their account on
MontanaWorks.gov. From there, claimants can begin filing by selecting the “File
PEUC Extension” button. Any claim that was exhausted or expired after July 1,
2019, may be eligible for the additional 13 weeks of benefits under the
CARES Act legislation, those eligible for the extended benefits are also
eligible for the additional $600 per week benefit. The payment is added to the
recipient’s state weekly benefit amount. The payments will be made for eligible
weeks beginning the UI week ending April 4 through July 25, 2020.
finished implementing programmatic changes to ensure Montanans can access the
three expansions of UI benefits passed through the CARES Act.
Programs included in the CARES Act
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
– Provides an additional $600 per week to any
individual eligible for any of the UI programs.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- Allows for an additional 13 weeks of benefits added
to the end of regular unemployment benefits.
unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them, including the
working hard to ensure Montanans receive their benefits as quickly as
Nordlund said. “We understand that folks across our state are experiencing a
great deal of uncertainty due to COVID-19 and our agency is here to help
provide guidance and economic relief to those impacted.”
In addition to the expansion of UI
benefits under the CARES Act,
Governor Steve Bullock has issued
directives to waive the one-week waiting period
to minimize the time Montanans
await UI benefits and waived the requirement that claimants search for a job
during this time.
DLI is encouraging anyone who
believes they may be eligible for UI to file a claim online at
MontanaWorks.gov, or at mtpua.mt.gov for those that fall under the
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance eligibility
is providing daily updates for Montana employers and individuals impacted by
dli.mt.gov/covid-19. Montanans can also follow DLI on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for timely updates.