COVID-19 information for workers
People who have lost their jobs or had their hours significantly reduced because of COVID-19 may qualify for unemployment benefits.
You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you meet all other eligibility requirements; and:
- You have temporarily or permanently lost your job or had your hours significantly reduced because of COVID-19.
- A healthcare professional or health authority recommended or ordered you to avoid contact with others due to COVID-19.
- You have been ordered not to come to your workplace due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
- You have received notification from a school district, daycare, or other childcare provider that either classes are canceled or your usual childcare is unavailable, as long as you made a reasonable effort to find other childcare and requested time off or other accommodation from your employer and no reasonable accommodation was available.
What do I need to know about unemployment benefits?
If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, your experience will be similar to anyone else who needs to apply for unemployment benefits.
If you've become unemployed or had your hours greatly reduced, you should:
- Complete the initial application for unemployment benefits.
- Request a benefit payment for each week you are unemployed, even if your initial application is still under review.
- Read the Information Handbook for an overview of the Unemployment Insurance program.
- Monitor your online account and your mail for any notifications from us.
- Respond to all requests for information completely, honestly and in a timely manner.
If you have questions, our UI Customer Service Representatives are here to help. Wait times may be longer than usual due to increased call volume.