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New Federal $300 Payment- Payments Issued!!!

New Federal $300 Payment- Payments Issued!!!

Payments for the new $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program have been issued! These payments include $300 for each week that you have filed and been found eligible for unemployment benefits and certified you are unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 starting August 1st through September 5th. This totals six weeks for which you could potentially be eligible for these $300 payments. Unfortunately, the federal program paying for these benefits has notified states that it does not have any additional funding beyond September 5th. However, if you are later found to be eligible for any weeks during this time period for which your eligibility for unemployment benefits is currently pending, you will also then receive payment of the $300 for those weeks. Please continue to monitor your correspondence for payment notices and information regarding the LWA program.

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I need help finding a new job. What are the resources available to me through the state?

I need help finding a new job. What are the resources available to me through the state?

The State of New Hampshire has launched a new jobs portal to assist job seekers connect with hiring employers located right here in New Hampshire. You can either go directly to the new jobs portal at www.nhjobs.nh.gov or just click the above button for ‘Covid-19 Response Recruitment’.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens now that the ‘Stay-at-Home Order’ has changed to a ‘Safer-at-Home Advisory’?

Now that the New Hampshire ‘Stay-at-Home Order’ has expired you can no longer qualify for unemployment benefits by saying that you are unable to work due to compliance with a ‘Stay-at-Home Order’. The other certification reasons remain as options on the weekly claim. Please continue to review the questions on the weekly claim very carefully to determine which items apply to your situation. While the answers are based upon your own self-certification, they are provided under the pains and penalties of perjury and will be reviewed by the department.

Who is eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act?

In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits you are required to file a continued claim each week certifying as to the reason(s) you were unable or unavailable to work for the prior week. Starting June 21st the questions presented on your weekly claim will change to reflect the expiration of the Stay-at-Home Order. The updated questions you will see when filing your weekly claim starting June 21st appear below. These questions are required by the Federal CARES Act. We have included the questions here so that you can familiarize yourself with them now and be prepared to file your weekly claims going forward. If you are able to self-certify as to being unable or unavailable to work because one of the following circumstances related to COVID-19 then you are eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act. While the answers are based upon your own self-certification, they are provided under the pains and penalties of perjury and will be reviewed by the department:

  • Last week, did you have COVID-19 or did you experience symptoms and seek a medical diagnosis?
  • Last week, did a member of your household have COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you caring for a family or household member that had COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you caring for your child or other person for whom you have primary care-giving responsibility because their school or care facility is closed because of COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you unable to report to work because you were self-quarantined on the advice of a health care provider?
  • Last week, were you unable to report to work because you were self-quarantined at the direction of your employer?
  • Last week, were you out of work because you were supposed to start a new job which is still unavailable due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you out of work because your employer is closed due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you out of work because you have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you unable to get to your place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency?
  • Have you become the major source of income for your household because the individual that was the major source of income has died of COVID-19?  
  • Last week, were you out of work because you are self-employed and unable to conduct your business because of COVID-19?
  • Last week, did you quit your job due to health complications caused by COVID-19?
Am I eligible if I am self-quarantining? 

If you are self-quarantining and are able to certify on your weekly claim that you are doing this at the instruction of a health care provider, government official, or employer, then you would continue to be eligible for benefits.

What do I do if I am self-employed?

Self-employed are currently eligible for Unemployment Benefits. You will need either your 2019 federal tax return or 1099s. Don’t worry, if you don’t have either or have not yet filed your 2019 return. You can still submit your claim. If eligible you will receive the federal minimum benefit currently set at $167. This will also make you eligible for the Federal $600 payment. You can submit your tax return later when you file.

Don’t worry, if you don’t have either or have not yet filed your 2019 return you can still submit your claim. If eligible, you will receive the federal minimum benefit amount currently set at $167. This will also make you eligible for the Federal CARES Act $600 payment.

Am I eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

If you were working in regular employment or self-employment and are now unemployed or had your hours and earnings cut as a result of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment Benefits. Click on ‘File an Initial Claim’ and check out the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for more information.

What are the hours for the Unemployment Hotline (603) 271-7700:

Agents stand ready on the UNEMPLOYMENT HOTLINE to answer your questions. The hotline number is (603) 271-7700. The hours of operation for the hotline are currently the following:

  • Monday- Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED
If I am self-employed, how do I verify my earnings to obtain a weekly benefit amount higher than $167/$168?

Currently, under the Federal CARES Act if you are self-employed and unable to conduct your business because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Federal unemployment benefits. In order to qualify for a weekly benefit amount higher than the federal minimum rate of $167/$168 per week you must have earnings from 2019 of $16,500 or more. In order for the department to verify your earnings from 2019 and determine whether you qualify for a higher weekly benefit rate you must submit your 2019 federal income tax return. Please submit this information by sending an e-mail to [email protected].