A Guide to Employee’s Access to Unemployment Benefits

unemploymentIf you are a business owner in a position that requires a lay off, have the employee log in to the following address and personally apply for unemployment benefits. This is the fastest way to get these needed benefits. This will save you time and energy as to reallocate other resources to save your business.

Here is the address to have the employee log in to:  https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-unemployment-assistance.

Employees will need the following information to complete the application:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your alien registration number
  • Your residential address
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your birth date
  • Your employment history (most recent 15 months) which includes:
    • The names of all your employers
    • Employer addresses
    • Employer phone numbers
    • Reasons for separation from your employers
    • Employment start and end dates
    • Recall dates
    • The social security numbers and dates of birth for your dependents
    • Your union name and local number (if you are a member of a union)
    • If you were in the Military you will need information from your DD-214 Member 4 (not mandatory to apply)
    • If you were a Federal Employee , you will need information from your SF8 (not mandatory to apply
    • If you want to use direct deposit you will need your bank account number and bank routing number
Anastasi Insurance Agency wants to help you navigate these uncertain times. We will continue to be a resource to you and your employees.

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Coronavirus Bill Requiring Paid Employee Leave Signed Into Law

Coronavirus Bill Requiring Paid Employee Leave Signed Into Law

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, amongother measures. The leave provisions of the Act take effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president.

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Emergency Paid Sick Leave


The Act requires two weeks of paid sick leave for government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees. Leave must be made available to workers who are symptomatic or are under an order or advice to quarantine or self-isolate, who have to care for a family member under such an order or advice, or who have a child whose school or child care provider or facility has closed or is unavailable due to the coronavirus.paid leave covid-19

Future regulations may exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the paid sick leave requirement. Health care providers and emergency responders may be excluded from both types of leave benefits.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act

The Act provides FMLA rights for some employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees, requiring partially compensated leave after 10 days when an employee is unable to work or telework due to school or child care closures related to the coronavirus.

Other Provisions

The Act provides funding for economic assistance and requires health plans to cover COVID-19 testing at no charge. A refundable tax credit for employers that provide paid leave benefits as required by the Act is also included. The U.S. Treasury is expected to use its regulatory authority to advance funds to some small businesses to cover the cost of providing compensated sick leave.


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