Below are resources that may be helpful in providing information and/or assistance to employees during this difficult time. We will add resources as we become aware of them.
On May 18, 2020 Governor Baker supplied additional information regarding the 4-phased re-opening plan for Massachusetts, including specific details about the businesses that could re-open in Phase 1 along with guidance has to how to re-open safely. Please click here to visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website with these details.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Live
PUA provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Workers who have previously exhausted their UI benefits may access Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) by applying for PUA.
- Read about PUA here: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-pandemic-unemployment-assistance
- Apply for PUA benefits here: https://ui-cares-act.mass.gov/PUA/_/?_ga=2.207742354.100715919.1587389837-900809567.1584140223
On April 6, 2020 Governor Charlie Baker annnounced the launch of a new corporate- and foundation-backed fund that will support health care workers, the homeless and others in Massachusetts that have been especially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund, called the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, is already stocked with more than $13 million, attracting contributions from One8 Foundation, The Boston Foundation and many more. It is also open to donations from the general public. Eastern Bank is administering the fund at no cost and contributed some of its own money. The fund will partner with existing community foundations and local nonprofits to disperse the money quickly where it’s needed most. The new fund is being spearheaded in part by Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who said “sky’s the limit” for expected fundraising totals.
- On April 10 the ECCF (Essex County Community Foundation) announced its second round of grants from the Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund. The funds were awarded to partnerships and organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in Essex County. Click here for more information about who received the funding.
- ATTENTION ARTISTS: The Artist Relief Fund has been formed by a coalition of national arts grantmakers who have come together to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Click here to apply or donate.
- The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) hosts daily town hall meetings to guide attendees through the process to achieve a successful unemployment claim and to answer questions. Read more at https://www.mass.gov/forms/
massachusetts-department-of- unemployment-assistance-dua- virtual-town-halls. You can also learn more about unemployment benefits in light of COVID-19 at DUA’s website, here; this page will continue to be updated as additional guidance is available.
- The Massachusetts Division of Banks has assembled information for financial institutions and those who have taken out loans at this time. Click here for their website.
- The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has a web page devoted to COVID-19 unemployment information including how to file for benefits online. Visit it by clicking here. Here is a link to their Unemployment Handbook.
- The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance also has some information about certain businesses that are hiring such as Amazon. Click here for their landing page.
- The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has a web page devoted to action taken by the Commonwealth and guidance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for their website.
- An organization named Behind You! is establishing the Behind You Emergency Fund for restaurant employees, who meet their criteria, and work in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott and whose work is currently negatively impacted by COVID-19. They are currently solicting donations and they have an application on their website for impacted employees to complete. Please visit their website for more info.
- The Greg Hill Foundation seeking donations in order to provide grants to those in the Massachusetts restaurant industry. Click here to donate or apply for assistance.
- The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has information for employees regarding their rights, health benfits and on topics of particular importance at this time. Click here to reach the Attorney General’s site.
- The USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) Charity Foundation is seeking donations and providing assistance. Please click here for additional information.
- Restauarant Workers Community Foundation collecting information about resources available. Click here to visit their site
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal entity, provides people with information and resources to protect and manage their finances, covering issues such as mortgage relief, student debt, and protecting your credit. Visit their web page focusing on COVID-19 by clicking here for more information.