The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has begun making unemployment assistance payments to another class of workers negatively impacted by the pandemic – those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and other eligible recipients who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. These assistance payments, officially called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (or PUA) payments, are part of the CARES act signed into law by Congress federally on March 27.
These payments are essential for self-employed and independent contractors, as many have had their work partially or completely eliminated by this pandemic and are not eligible for traditional benefits and payments under the regular unemployment system. Any self-employed individuals or independent contractors who have questions about the PUA payments or are generally seeking more information should look here. All Minnesotans who have been separated from their job, had their hours reduced, or cannot work due to the pandemic are encouraged to apply online here.