Courtesy of the West Bank Business Association:
We have heard from a lot of businesses and self-employed folks who are not able to access the immediate benefits that unemployment insurance is currently offering to regular wage earners.
Here is some guidance on what is available to you, and when it is available.
You may choose to wait and see what other federal and state disaster money is coming before deciding what to do about unemployment insurance. Just be aware that your election to opt in must be elected and approved by DEED before March 31st to be eligible for benefits April 1st, so don’t wait until the last minute. DEED is very overwhelmed right not processing unemployment claims so it is unclear how long they will take to approve new UI elections.