HARRISBURG – State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is reminding community residents that resources are available to help employees and families who have been impacted by the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.
According to the Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvanians who are unable to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Unemployment Compensation is available for employees whose employer temporarily closes, goes out of business due to COVID-19 or reduces hours due to COVID-19. Eligibility is also extended to employees who are told not to work, have been told to self-isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Even though we face troubling times, we can overcome life’s hurdles through teamwork and partnership,” said Mastriano. “We are all in this together.”
Unemployment Compensation call centers are experiencing extremely high call volumes, so claimants are encouraged to get help by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via UC LiveChat.
Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 in their workplace could also be eligible for Workers’ Compensation. More details about benefits for affected employees are available at www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx.
Also, individuals who are out of work due to the coronavirus can seek emergency food assistance at local food banks. Many food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens are offering special drive-through services to limit close personal contact.
A list of food banks and additional guidance from the Department of Agriculture is available here.
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