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COVID-19 information for self-employed people and independent contractors

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides weekly benefit payments for those who are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota or any other state. 

If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, make sure to follow our special step-by-step instructions on how to apply if you are self-employed. This will ensure we can review your eligibility for PUA benefits as quickly as possible.

Update on recent stimulus legislation

Under the original text of the CARES Act, PUA benefits were available for a maximum of 39 weeks and set to expire on December 26, 2020.

Under the new stimulus law signed on December 27, 2020, PUA benefits can now last for 11 more weeks (up to a maximum of 50 weeks).

The first week of PUA benefits under the new law is the week beginning December 27, 2020. You will be able to request payment for this week on or after January 3, 2021.

The last week of PUA under the new law is the week ending April 10, 2021.

  • Your account will be transitioned automatically. You will not need to re-apply. 
  • Your benefit amount will not change. 
  • Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed.

Please note that the stimulus legislation included some new PUA eligibility requirements. This means we may need to ask you for more information over the next several weeks. Please check your email and your online account regularly for updates.

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