Stimulus Deal Lets Some Workers Keep Extra Unemployment Money They Were Overpaid

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sue Ogrocki / AP / Shutterstock (10706877b) In Midwest City, Okla, people are waiting to speak to officials from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission about unemployment claims.
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Thanks to the $ 900 billion COVID-19 aid package (officially) passed today, some freelancers and gig workers may not have to pay back their overpaid unemployment benefits - which is good news for many as unemployment in America is even worse as the data show.
Here's the overview: The first economic stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Aid and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last spring, included a new program, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), for self-employed and freelancers who didn't to have. t qualify for traditional unemployment and who had lost income due to the pandemic. However, in recent months, to their dismay, thousands of these workers have been informed that they had been overpaid and had to return the funds to their state.
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Michele Evermore of the National Employment Law Project explained in a blog post for the NELP that this affects a large number of people as states may have made mistakes in rushing to get PUA benefits out the door.
“And new applicants may have clicked a button incorrectly or made a mistake somewhere. Federal guidelines have changed three times, and states have received guidance from both the US Department of Labor and Education Services and the US Inspectorate General that they must change the way in which they administered the program "Wrote Evermore.
BREAKING: 1.4 million Americans filed * new * jobless claims last week - the highest level in weeks.
Rising layoffs are an alarm bell that Congress needs to provide more impetus.
Now, Congress's new $ 900 billion COVID-19 aid package is trying to overturn that decision so workers can keep their overpayments, but the decision is left to the state.
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In the language of the draft law it says: “For persons who have received amounts of pandemic unemployment benefit to which they were not entitled, the state requires these persons to repay the amounts of this pandemic unemployment benefit to the state authority, with the exception that The state authority may waive such repayment if it finds that - the payment of such pandemic unemployment benefit was made by such a person through no fault of their own; and such repayment would be contrary to justice and a good conscience. “Still confused? Here's what to do if your unemployment is about to expire.
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