Job Offer Fell Through Because of Shelter-in-Place? You Can Get This Benefit.

By Rachel Puryear, Attorney at Law

If you were scheduled to start a new job before Shelter-in-Place, and the offer fell through because of SIP orders, you can file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits (PUA). These benefits are available for people who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits, but who have lost employment as a result of COVID-19.

A glass jar with coins saved as Unemployment insurance

For that matter, people diagnosed with the illness, told by a medical provider to self-quarantine, or who are caring for someone with COVID-19; also qualify for these benefits.

For California residents, you may file for these benefits through the Employment Development Department’s page on PUA benefits.

Apply and get the benefits that you are entitled to!

As always, dear readers, be safe and healthy out there. Please help keep everyone safe by observing official recommendations for social distancing, sheltering in place, covering your face in public, and practicing proper hygiene. Please also help others where you can in ways big and small, and ask for help if you need it. We will all get through this together. Thank you for reading, and for following me. I hope you enjoyed this, and learned something valuable.

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Please note that the above is offered for educational purposes only. The information presented may not take into account every exception, variation, or complication which could apply to someone’s legal matters. Accordingly, nothing in this post or blog is ever intended as, nor should be construed by or relied upon by anyone, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney who can give you assistance specific to your needs.


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