I have been getting this question quite often lately as you can imagine. Can you get unemployment if your hours or pay have been reduced due to COVID-19? Generally, YES. It is certainly worth applying for unemployment if you pay is less than it has been or if your hours are lowered or if you have taken a pay cut that reduces how much you make each week. States have different rules about this but generally you can get partial unemployment for that. Currently and through July 31 there is an additional $600/wk added to unemployment as a sort of stimulus and really to keep people at their jobs. I am not an attorney or unemployment expert but the way it reads is that amount is ADDED to whatever amount of unemployment you get. So, maybe you only qualify for $50/wk unemployment due to reduced work. That is now $650/wk. The $600 is not determined by your total pay and it is paid even if it means you make more on unemployment than you made at your job. If your hours are cut or pay reduced I would certainly encourage you to research unemployment in your state. They are doing everything online now and you are not even required to look for work while the emergency is in place. An extra couple thousand dollars over a month could keep you in your job until it picks up again and people get released from the illegal (in my opinion) house arrest that the governors of this country have put us under.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.