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Kristen Johanson
May 22, 2020 - 2:09 pm
An unprecedented 15% of Pennsylvanians filed for unemployment in April — which is higher than the national rate. Officials hope the percentage begins to drop as the state slowly loosens restrictions on businesses and residents. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
May 20, 2020 - 9:35 pm
Pennsylvania‘s unemployment office says they sent out wrong information to self-employed workers who need help with weekly claims, and they say they are having problems allowing people to file retroactively. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
May 05, 2020 - 6:50 pm
Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry officials were in the hot seat Tuesday during a web version of a state Senate Hearing, answering to lawmakers about why so many have not been able to get their unemployment benefits. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
May 01, 2020 - 11:39 am
New Jersey's labor department has rolled out a program for self-employed workers and independent contractors — Pennsylvania is about a week behind. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
April 23, 2020 - 9:35 am
Workers who lost their jobs nearly six weeks ago because of the economic pinch of the coronavirus pandemic are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to put more people in the unemployment office to answer calls from people who have filed claims. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
April 22, 2020 - 9:38 am
Though the Federal Unemployment Assistance program expands who can file a claim and get money from either the state or the federal government, it’s very limited for undocumented workers. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
April 22, 2020 - 8:20 am
Pennsylvania unemployment department officials say all PINs have been sent out to people who filed for unemployment in March, and if an applicant hasn't received one, it's likely because of a problem with their claim. Read more here
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Kristen Johanson
April 21, 2020 - 7:47 am
Pennsylvania’s new unemployment portal for independent contractors and self-employed workers frustrated applicants with several glitches in the first few days since its launch. Read more here.
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Kristen Johanson
April 17, 2020 - 9:54 am
As the imposed closure of businesses continues through the coronavirus public health crisis, many companies are furloughing workers or laying them off. Should those who aren’t working — but who haven’t necessarily lost their job — apply for unemployment or take the new federally funded paid sick...
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Kristen Johanson
April 15, 2020 - 8:45 am
Independent contractors and self-employed workers in New Jersey affected by the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for unemployment online. Pennsylvanians still have to wait another two weeks. Read more here.
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