By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
This UIPL provides the states with reporting instructions for provisions contained in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, P. L. 116-127, Division D, EUISAA, and informs states of an amendment of section 903(h)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (SSA) (42 U.S.C. §1103(h)(2)(B)), as enacted by EUISAA, by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P. L. 116-136, enacted March 27, 2020. The attachment to the UIPL also provides a set of related Questions and Answers
Section 3603 of the CARES Act amends Section 903(h)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act, as enacted by Section 4102 of EUISAA. This amendment modifies one of the requirements that states must meet to be eligible to receive Allotment I of the emergency administrative grants. The amended provision, with the new text added by the CARES Act in bold, now reads:
“The State ensures that applications for unemployment compensation, and assistance with the application process, are accessible, to the extent practicable in at least two of the following: in-person, by phone, or online.” (emphasis added).
In addition, the states are reminded that the two other requirements described in the Act at 42 U.S.C. §1103(h)(2) must also be met to receive the first of the two allotments, with each comprising 50 percent of the state's available administrative grant funds. These other requirements include: (1) that the state requires employers to provide notification of the availability of UC to employees at the time of separation from employment; and (2) that the state notifies applicants when an application is received and is being processed and, if the state cannot process an application, the state provides information to the applicant on why and what steps the applicant can take to ensure the successful processing of the application.
Note that states should refer to UIPL No. 13-20 for additional context on these requirements, along with instructions for states to submit an application for these funds (see ¶22,455) (UIPL 13-20, Change 1, May 4, 2020).
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