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To check on your status or apply today! CLICK HERE Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): The new Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provision in the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020” (CARES Act) adds an additional $600/week to any benefit payment for which you are eligible. Under this new law, the first week for which the additional $600 is payable is benefit week ending April 4, 2020. Assuming continuing eligibility, the last week the FPUC $600 addition may be paid is benefit week ending July 25, 2020.

Yes, you are reading right.  Unemployment Benefits, including the $600 additional weekly payment are beginning to roll out. However, as is stated very clearly in this video, the Montana Department of Labor & Industry are working diligently to add the self-employed and independent contractors to the system. Once that has been completed, self-employed and ICs will begin receiving their benefits, including the $600, which in many cases will be retroactive. We understand that waiting for these funds to hit is stressful - know you are not alone in this.  There are other programs that might help you with electric or other utilities. Find that information here.   Deadline to apply is November 10, 2020