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COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Authored By: Alaska Legal Services

Common questions about unemployment benefits and COVID-19.

Contents

  • COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
  • Take Action
  • Download the Unemployment Benefits & Scenarios Chart
  • Need More Help?

 
For the latest updates on employment benefits in Alaska, please visit:
https://labor.alaska.gov/COVID-19-SOA.htm 
 
Can I apply for unemployment benefits if my employer stops work due to COVID-19?
If your employer tells you to stop work due to COVID-19 you may qualify for unemployment benefits in Alaska. Even if your employer tells you that you can return to work when the business reopens, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in the meantime. If you apply and receive unemployment benefits, you will be responsible for staying in contact with your employer and returning to work as soon as your employer allows you to. For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor websitecall the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.


Can I apply for unemployment benefits if I’m unable to work because I contracted COVID-19?
Yes. Individuals who have to leave work without pay due to having COVID-19 or being in quarantine may be eligible for unemployment. For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.


Can I apply for unemployment benefits if my employer has allowed me to work remotely from home, I am working part time, or am on call?
You can file a claim and your eligibility will be reviewed. You will need to report any hours worked and earnings during each week you file for benefits if you worked that week. It is very important to report hours and earnings if you work to prevent an overpayment of benefits. For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor websitecall the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.


I have to take care of my children because their school is closed due to COVID-19. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? 
Yes. Individuals who have to leave work, without pay, to care for their children whose school is closed due to COVID-19 may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.


Under new Federal rules, Family Medical Leave may also be available for workers who need to care for children due to COVID-19. See our explanation of the new Family Medical Leave rules here.

 

I have to take time off to care for a loved one because they have contracted COVID-19. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? 
Yes. Individuals who have to leave work, without pay, to care for someone due to COVID-19, including to provide medical care, may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For more information about unemployment benefits, or to apply, see the Alaska Department of Labor website, call the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.

 
Do I have to prove I am looking for work to receive unemployment benefits?
No, you will not be required to register or search for work if you need to apply for unemployment benefits due to COVID-19. For more information, and the latest updates, see the Alaska Department of Labor’s question and answers, here.
 
How long do I have to wait to receive my unemployment benefits?
Alaska has waived the one week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits. If you are experiencing a delay in receiving your benefits call call (888) 252-2557 or the claim center nearest you.
 
Where can I find information on COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits & Scenarios?
The COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits & Scenarios list shows which scenarios you can apply for unemployment benefits under. For more information, and the latest updates, see the Alaska Department of Labor’s question and answers, here.

 


Take Action
 
Learn More
For more information on how to protect you and your family from COVID-19, visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/
http://dhss.alaska.gov/
https://www.who.int/
 
Legal Help
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) provides free civil, non-criminal, legal help to eligible clients. ALSC is accepting intake applications through our toll-free intake line at 1-888-478-2572 or by filling out an application.
 
Legal Forms
To apply for Unemployment Benefits see the Alaska Department of Labor websitecall the nearest claim center, or try (888) 252-2557. An online application is available.

 
Need More Help?

COVID-19 and Medical Insurance

COVID-19 and Worker Rights

Division of Public Assistance, General Relief

Dept. of Labor: COVID Family Medical Leave

Alaska Dept. of Labor website or call (888) 252-2557

Last Review and Update: Mar 31, 2020