How the Self-Employed Can Apply for Unemployment Benefits

Date: May 05, 2020

That is now allowed under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program

the Delaware Department of Labor is announcing the launch of a new unemployment insurance benefits system that will process claims for independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and others as detailed in the CARES Act. These individuals can file benefits claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning the week of May 11, 2020. 
To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit
Under federal guidelines, for workers to be eligible for PUA, they must first apply for benefits through the traditional unemployment system and be denied. Applicants will then receive a letter of denial for traditional unemployment benefits.
The denial letter will trigger a second letter explaining their potential eligibility for PUA and specific instructions on how to apply. The letter will explain information on the following:
  • How to access the new PUA Benefits website
  • Login details for logging into the website.
  • Documentation required when applying for PUA benefits 

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