The size and scope of unemployment benefits for qualified, laid-off individuals is expanded due to COVID-19 to add a $600 per week payment to existing unemployment insurance amounts through the end of July. This $600 is in addition to the existing weekly state unemployment benefit. Unemployment insurance has been expanded to cover self-employed, gig workers and contractors who do not usually qualify for unemployment benefits. In some cases, small businesses owners now will qualify for unemployment benefits.
In addition, for those who need it, the bill provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits beyond what the state typically allows.