Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients whose ability to work was impacted by COVID-19 are now being encouraged to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Thanks to a 2013 state law passed in Governor Walker’s administration, people in Wisconsin who receive disability benefits are ineligible for state unemployment benefits—which maxes out at $370 a week. Folks on disability benefits who had lost a job in recent months were told for months they were also ineligible for federal pandemic unemployment assistance, or PUA.
This week, after months of being told they were ineligible, those on disability benefits who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic were told to finally start applying for federal benefits. That’s after a US Department of labor decision clarified the rules in a decision four days ago.
Guest Victor Forberger is a Madison-based unemployment lawyer who blogs on unemployment compensation policy. You can read his blog here: wisconsinui.wordpress.com/author/vforberger/
Victor’s website can be found here: law.vforberger.fastmail.fm/
SSDI recipients can learn how to apply for PUA here: https://wisconsinui.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/next-steps-for-ssdi-recipients/