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New Pandemic Unemployment Guidance Announced- Expanded Eligibility

New Pandemic Unemployment Guidance Announced- Expanded Eligibility

  • On Thursday, February 25th the US Department of Labor issued new guidance to states expanding eligibility under the Federal pandemic unemployment program.
  • Expanded eligibility includes people that refuse work because the workplace is in violation of pandemic related public health and safety requirements.
  • This new directive also provides eligibility for people laid off or hours reduced but their employer remains open and they lack sufficient earnings to qualify for state unemployment benefits.
  • Lastly, this announcement also provides eligibility for school employees that are unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of pandemic caused disruptions to the school schedule.
  • We will soon be updating the weekly continued claim form to reflect these new changes.
  • We will also be reaching out to all individuals that have previously been denied but may now have eligibility as a result of these changes.
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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?

Check out the new schedule for upcoming virtual job fairs providing an easy, virtual opportunity for you to connect with hiring employers. Click on https://virtualjobfairs.nh.gov to review the schedule and to register as a job seeker or employer.

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 nhjobs.nh.gov or just click the above button for ‘NH JOBS’.

Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Tax Information for Unemployment Benefits Available Friday, January 22nd

All of the information related to unemployment benefits needed to file your 2020 federal income tax return will be available on Friday, January 22nd. This information is provided on a Form 1099-G and includes all unemployment benefits paid to you during 2020. For more information click the above button labeled 2020 TAX INFORMATION.

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. The current questions appearing on the weekly continued claim related to the pandemic’s impact on your ability to work are required by the Federal CARES Act to determine eligibility and appear as questions #12-#22. 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 may be 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, I was caring for a child or other person for whom I have primary care giving responsibility because their school or care facility is closed and such school or care facility is required for me to work.
  • Last week, were you unable to report to work because you were self-quarantined on the advice of a health care provider?
  • I was scheduled to begin employment and I do not have a job or I am unable to reach that job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Last week, were you out of work because your employer is closed due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you unable to get to your place of employment because of a government imposed stay at home order or travel restriction due to COVID-19?
  • 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, I was unable to work because I am self-employed (including an independent contractor or gig worker) and experienced a significant reduction of services because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • I had to quit my job as a direct result of 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 or government order then you would continue to be eligible for benefits. However, New Hampshire no longer has a statewide stay at home order. So a government order would be a scenario such as being ordered individually by a government official to quarantine.

What do I do if I am self-employed?

Self-employed are currently eligible for Unemployment Benefits pursuant to the Federal CARES Act. You will need either your federal tax return or 1099s in order to confirm your self-employment as well as to confirm your earnings to determine the appropriate weekly benefit amount. You will be contacted and requested to provide these documents after filing your claim. If eligible you will receive the federal minimum benefit currently set at $168. This will also make you eligible for the Federal $300 payment. Your weekly benefit amount will then be adjusted as appropriate based upon the information you provide.

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 $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 $168 per week you must have earnings from the prior year of $16,500 or more. In order for the department to verify your earnings and determine whether you qualify for a higher weekly benefit rate you must submit your federal income tax return. Please submit this information by sending an e-mail to [email protected].