work hours were reduced, those under medical quarantine, and employees who
cannot continue to work because of a lack of childcare options.
"Indiana is pulling
together the necessary resources to help Hoosier families, employees, and
small businesses," said State Rep. Mike Aylesworth, R-Hebron. "At all levels
we are working toward the same goals, protecting our families and
communities and accelerating the state's economic recovery."
Department of Workforce Development said that Hoosiers should file for
unemployment insurance if their employment has been interrupted or ended due
to COVID-19, and their claim will be evaluated. Individuals must apply for
UI benefits online, using a computer or smartphone at Unemployment.IN.gov
Hoosiers may review the Frequently Asked Questions, the Claimant Handbook,
or the online tutorials before calling the (800) 891-6499 helpline, which
continues to experience a high volume of calls.
"Our state is in a
strong place financially to ensure more Hoosiers can receive these benefits
in a streamlined fashion," said State Rep. Doug Gutwein, R-Francesvile. "We
all must do our part to slow the spread of this virus, and utilizing these
resources will help those in need get assistance and stay safe."
Indiana has waived
the one-week waiting period for payment of unemployment benefits, and it is
retroactive to March 8. Qualified claimants can typically receive benefits
for up to 26 weeks, but this has been extended by an additional 13 weeks.
Unemployed workers who file and are approved will see an extra $600 per week
for four months.
businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits can receive up
to $2 million in low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business
Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to help meet
finanical obligations and operating expenses, which could have been met had
the disaster not occurred. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts,
payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of
the disaster's effect. The loan interest rates for small businesses and
nonprofits are 3.75 percent and 2.75 percent respectively, with terms up to
30 years. For more information, visit SBA.gov/disaster or call (800)