Unemployment for the CNMI Self-employed

On March 2 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which includes the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act
set out in Title II, Subtitle A. Section 2102 of the CARES Act creates the new temporary Pandemic
Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The PUA program provides temporary benefits to
individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result
of COVID-19. Direct result means loss of employment or self-employment because of a reason
directly related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The PUA program, in general, provides up to 39 weeks
of unemployment benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) oversees the PUA
program and reimburses the CNMI Department of Labor for both the program administration and
benefit payment costs.
For more information on the PUA program, please review Unemployment Insurance Program
Letter (UIPL) No. 16-20

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