Last updated on 1/15/2021 at 11:15 am
The Continued Assistance Act of 2020 has been signed. We are working as quickly as we can to review the new program requirements and implementation of the extensions. There will be programming that needs to take place before we can implement the changes. Please check our websites often for the most up-to-date information available.
MEUC is a temporary program providing an additional $100/week payment to individuals who are receiving regular UI benefits and earned at least $5,000 in net earnings from self-employment in the tax year prior to the individual's initial claim.
Individuals must apply for MEUC and supply necessary documentation to prove their net self-employment earnings.
Note: This program does not apply to individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Automatically added to benefit payments if eligible and have at least $1 due in underlying UI benefits.
No. MEUC is not available to those receiving PUA.
Yes, you must submit a MEUC application and necessary documentation in order for the department to determine if you meet the requirements to be eligible for MEUC. Note: The MEUC application is not yet available.
We will update our website with the most up-to-date information, including when we will deploy MEUC. We will also send individual notification to claimants who may be eligible.
No, you will receive the benefit in the same way you receive your regular unemployment benefit.
The first week potentially payable is week ending January 2, 2021. You will need to apply and submit documentation before we can determine eligibility. If it is found you are eligible, benefits due will be retroactively provided as appropriate.
MEUC payments could impact eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP.
As long as you are due at least $1 in underlying UI benefits for the week, you will be paid the full $100 of MEUC on top of the other unemployment benefits you are due.
No, employers are not charged for MEUC.
No. Wages from covered employment cannot be used to establish the $5,000 in net self-employment.
No. The law specifically states the tax year prior to the individual's initial claim must be used.