Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus and PA’s primary

May 20, 2020

Senator Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 and staying safe during the primary

May 13, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 6, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 30, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 23, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in PA

April 16, 2020

Senator Hughes discusses evictions, foreclosures and consumer protection initiatives during coronavirus outbreak

April 6, 2020

Senator Hughes discusses evictions, foreclosures and consumer protection initiatives during coronavirus outbreak

April 1, 2020

Senator Vincent Hughes hosts a Telephone Town Hall to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in PA

March 24, 2020

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Updates from Senator Hughes

Pennsylvanians need the HEROES Act

Pennsylvanians need the HEROES Act

Tell Sen. Toomey to put people first and support the $3 trillion planOur people need help. The U.S. economy has seen its worst drop in its history, unemployment claims are again on the rise, and COVID-19 cases continue to surge. We’re still in the middle of a pandemic...

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Tell Sen. Toomey to support the HEROES Act

Tell Sen. Toomey to support the HEROES Act

Our people need a comprehensive recovery planOur communities are still reeling from the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and are in desperate need of help from the federal government. As a means to help those who are struggling across this nation, the U.S. House of...

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New $50 million hazard pay program now accepting applications

New $50 million hazard pay program now accepting applications

Grants would give $3 per hour pay increase to front-line workersPennsylvania is offering $50 million in grants to provide hazard pay to front-line workers in a number of fields that sustain the commonwealth’s essential services. Employees earning less than $20 per...

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Sens. Hughes, Haywood join PHFA to announce upcoming financial assistance program for renters and homeowners hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic 

Sens. Hughes, Haywood join PHFA to announce upcoming financial assistance program for renters and homeowners hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic 

PHILADELPHIA— July 1, 2020 — State Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Director Robin Wiessmann from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced a new program that will help renters and homeowners impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic, alongside Pennsylvania housing advocates. 

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Applications for new small business GRANTS open June 30

Applications for new small business GRANTS open June 30

Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be able to apply for grants to offset losses as a result of business closures. The application process for the grants is set to open Tuesday, June 30. Eligible businesses will receive grants ranging from...

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Philadelphia lawmakers lay out path for a ‘Just Recovery’ in Pa.

Philadelphia lawmakers lay out path for a ‘Just Recovery’ in Pa.

 ‘Legislature must take steps to safeguard marginalized communities’

PHILADELPHIA, June 18, 2020 – Philadelphia lawmakers today held a virtual news conference to lay out the steps the Pennsylvania legislature must take to create a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the calls for racial justice demanded by Pennsylvanians across the state are acted on.

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Grants for small business affected by COVID-19 coming soon

Grants for small business affected by COVID-19 coming soon

$200 million in grants will be available with $100 million dedicated for Historically Disadvantaged Businesses Alongside my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus, I fought to get $225 million in aid for small businesses affected by the pandemic....

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Workers’ Compensation (WC) Benefits

Two filing options: 

  • If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC) by either: 
  • Notifying your employer to file a typical “disease-as-injury” WC claim, which requires you to provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace 
  • Notifying your employer to file an “occupational disease” WC claim, which requires you to show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation/industry than in the general population 

Claims: 

Unemployment Compensation

Mitigation efforts related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania have required everyone to work within rapidly changing, complex circumstances which create a variety of unique situations and conditions for workers, businesses, employers and communities. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing workers and business communities with ongoing guidance, resources, and information. This page is updated regularly.

Use our Keep Yourself Safe at Work During a COVID-19 Pandemic one-pager for safety information and resources.

Workers impacted by COVID-19 can also visit our Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

COVID-19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart (PDF)

Workers in Pennsylvania who are impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation benefits – Unemployment compensation claims should be submitted online for faster processing.

The following information that has been provided by the Department of Labor and Industry regarding Unemployment Compensation:

  • Governor Wolf has temporarily suspended the waiting-week requirement in Section 401(e) of the UC Law.   With this suspension, a claimant can immediately file for benefits, and the first week of unemployment will be a compensable week. The suspension of this section will also be in effect for the length of the emergency declaration.
  • The provisions of the emergency declaration allow the Governor to immediately suspend the work registration and work search requirements in Unemployment Compensation Law and adopted Regulations and the Governor has temporarily suspended these requirements for the length of the emergency declaration.
  • The PA UC Law allows for employers to be relieved of charges for compensation once there has been a federal disaster declaration under the Stafford Act and the individuals would have been eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Therefore, an employer may be relieved from charges for compensation paid to an individual with respect to any week of unemployment occurring due to COVID-19.

Applying online is the fastest and easiest way to get started. You can find call center hours and other vital info at www.uc.pa.gov; learn all UC benefit requirements by visiting the self-service guide; or use UC LiveChat.

If you are having difficulty filing a claim or not being able to through to someone if you need direct assistance from Unemployment Compensation, please contact my office.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) has launched the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC). 

PEUC is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Pennsylvania has implemented all programs under the new CARES Act and paid out nearly $7.4 billion in total unemployment benefits since mid-March.

Important information about the extended benefits program follows and has also been emailed or mailed via the United States Postal Service to all individuals who potentially qualify for PEUC.  

Eligibility 

You are eligible for PEUC if you:

  • Are unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020;
  • Have exhausted your regular state or federal benefits with week ending July 6, 2019 or later;
  • Are currently not eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
  • Are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except for COVID-19-related reasons including illness, quarantine, or “stay at home” orders.       

How to Receive PEUC

  • If you have an open UC claim but exhausted all of your benefits, the 13 additional weeks will automatically be added to your existing claim. Log in this week to file biweekly claims for prior weeks, back through the week ending April 4 (if applicable).
  • If your benefit year has expired then you must submit an application online.
  • If you don’t have access to computers or the internet, you can have a loved one or friend print the paper application for you to complete and submit via mail. L&I is also in the process of mailing paper copies of the application to individuals who might need them.
  • Biweekly claims and payments work the same way as for regular UC benefits.

PEUC Weekly Benefit Amount:

  • Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular UC weekly benefit rate.
  • Your weekly benefit rate is based on your reported earnings during the base year (the first four of the last five completed quarters). You must also have over 18 credit weeks (weeks during which you earned $116 or more) in your base year to be eligible for UC.

Extra $600 on PEUC:

  • You will receive an additional $600 per week from the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Anyone collecting any type of UC, including PEUC, will receive the extra $600 per week in addition to your weekly benefits as calculated.
  • FPUC payments began the week ending April 4, 2020 and will end July 25, 2020. These payments will be backdated for eligible individuals and paid in one lump sum.
  • You will receive the extra $600 FPUC payments the week after your PEUC payments.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

Covered:

  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms and seeking diagnosis
  • Member of household has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Providing care for family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Primary caregiver for child unable to attend school or another facility closed due to COVID-19
  • Unable to reach place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or because advised by medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Scheduled to commence new employment and cannot reach workplace as direct result of COVID-19
  • Became major breadwinner because head of household died from COVID-19
  • Quit job as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Place of employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Self-employed / Independent Contractors / 1099 filers / Farmers – and affected by COVID-19
  • Seeking part-time employment but affected by COVID-19
  • With insufficient work history and affected by COVID-19
  • Otherwise not qualified for regular or extended UI benefits and affected by COVID-19

Not Covered:

  • Individuals that can telework with pay
  • Individual receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits (regardless of meeting a category listed above)

Important Links:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQs

Filing for PUA Cover Page

Apply Now!

Federal CARES Act

On Friday, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks. The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.

Federal CARES ActAs part of the CARES Act, unemployment benefits are being expanded to provide an additional $600 per week beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, through the week ending July 25, 2020. This temporary emergency increase in benefits is referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.

On Friday, Labor & Industry issued the first $600 payments. All eligible claimants that filed biweekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular UC payment should expect to see the additional money either today or Wednesday. For other eligible claimants who have not yet received a regular UC payment, they will receive the extra $600 the week after receiving their first UC payment.

It is very important to note that anyone who currently has federal withholding tax taken out of their benefits will see the same 10% reduction in the FPUC payment, resulting in a $540 payment. For information about changing your withholding election, visit L&I’s Taxes on Benefits page.
The $600 is paid separately from the biweekly UC benefit, and residents do not need to apply.
Visit the department’s FPUC frequently asked questions for more information.

The CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason, Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.

Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit application is available. Please visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information.

The CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, including for workers who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants will be eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) from the week beginning March 29, 2020, through the end of the year. The department is awaiting additional federal guidance about the program and will provide an update when information is available.

Additional Information for workers impacted by COVID-19:

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits. You can apply online to get started.

Please note that the waiting week has been suspended. Eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment.

Work search and work registration requirements have been temporarily waived for all claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PA Career Link.

Find Food Locations

For a comprehensive list of free food distribution sites through the city of Philadelphia:

https://www.phila.gov/food/#/ 

The Coalition against Hunger also has a list of summer meal sites for children under 18:

http://www.hungercoalition.org/summermeals

Testing services for COVID-19 

  • You will need a prescription from your doctor, and some providers are able to offer services virtually/over the phone. 
  • If you’re going to any medical facility in person, call before you go. 
  • If you don’t have a fever, you’re not eligible for a screening… even if you’ve been traveling internationally, had a known exposure, etc. 
  • For testing: 
    • State Hotline for COVID-19 
    • No provider? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Have clinical questions? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Or fill out contact form