Furloughed workers now PUA eligible

Feb 28, 2021

Marianas workers who had their hours reduced or were furloughed, while their place of employment stayed open, will now be able to collect Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. The Biden administration issued new guidance, reversing a Trump administration decision to cut off CNMI government employees and some private sector workers from the federal unemployment aid. I wrote the new President, along with Guam Delegate Michael F.Q. San Nicolas and 11 other Democratic colleagues, the day after Biden’s inauguration, asking for a review of the harmful Trump policy. The “Marianas (kk) expansion,” as the Congressional Research Service is referring to this new interpretation of Section 2102(a)(3)(A)(ii)(I)(kk) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allows any individual, who previously filed a PUA/FPUC claim and was denied for any week, to be given the opportunity to self-certify eligibility under the updated eligibility criteria and receive unemployment aid retroactively.