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UPDATE: FRIDAY MARCH 27TH:
DC PUBLIC BENEFITS RENEWAL STATUS
For those already enrolled in TANF, SNAP (Food Stamps), DC Alliance Healthcare, DC or childcare vouchers and your benefits were set to expire in March or April, your benefits will be automatically renewed. You do NOT have to renew until 60 after the end of the DC State of Emergency.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE UPDATES
Active Work Search Requirements:
PLEASE NOTE: YOU STILL NEED TO FILL OUT AND SUBMIT YOUR WEEKLY REPORT TO RECEIVE BENEFITS. You can just state that you are not seeking work at this time due to COVID-19.
KNOW YOUR WORKERS RIGHTS
The Washington Lawyers Committee will continue hosting their Free Legal Clinic via telephone for legal advice about any employmentrelated matter including wage theft, FMLA violations, unemployment compensation, discrimination and sick leave violations. To Schedule an appointment contact them at:
Family Medical Leave Act (Job Protection)
DC Family Medical Leave Act (DC FMLA)
DC Family Medical Leave Act protects your job while you take paid or unpaid leave. Your boss is obligated to protect your job while taking DCFMLA – your job must be there for you once you return from DCFMLA. Special changes have been made during the COVID-19 emergency.
UPDATES TO DC FMLA:
How to Apply for Federal FMLA
DC Paid Sick Leave
The District of Columbia requires employers of all sizes to provide employees with paid sick leave.
How many Paid Sick Days am I entitled to?
What can I use Paid Sick Days for?
What if my employer doesn’t allow me to take the day off, punishes me or doesn’t pay me for taking a sick day?
Can I use paid sick leave if my restaurant is currently closed due to COVID-19?
Paid sick days can only be used to request off a day in which you have been scheduled. Unfortunately if your employer has already closed, it is most likely that everyone has been removed from the schedule. If this is the case, you are not able to request a sick day, although we encourage everyone to ask your employer about this policy to confirm individual business policies.
Maryland Paid Sick Leave
How to File for Unemployment!
Have you been laid off by your employer due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for unemployment insurance. Please read below for more information on eligibility and how to file. Remember that you must file with the state you were employed in, even if you live elsewhere.
TIPPED WORKERS: The wages that are used to calculate your benefits come from your employers. Your benefits should be calculated based on your combined earnings of your base wage + tips. If you suspect that your employer has been mis-reporting your tips, this may affect your benefits. If this happens, please find some proof of your actual income (paystubs, bank statements, etc) and contact us! You may be facing issues of wage theft.
DC UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
IF YOU ARE/WERE EMPLOYED IN DC
When can you apply for DC Unemployment?
Who cannot apply for DC Unemployment?
Necessary documents to have ready:
How are Benefits calculated?
Your weekly benefit amount is calculated by taking the highest quarter of wages in your base period and dividing it by 26. Maximum benefits are capped at $444/week.
Do I have to actively be seeking work to qualify for Unemployment?
No, due to the Emergency Legislation passed in DC on March 17th, the requirement to show you are actively searching for another job has been waived. You must still complete the weekly report that is given, but you just do not have to prove you have been searching for a job due to COVID-19.
One Week Waiting Period
The one week waiting period for when you can start receiving benefits has also been waived, so you may be able to access benefits more quickly.
MARYLAND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
IF YOU ARE/WERE EMPLOYED IN MARYLAND
What is the Minimum / Maximum Weekly Benefit?
The current weekly benefit amount provided by the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law ranges from a minimum of $50.00 to a maximum of $430.00.
Active Work Search Requirement
The active work-search requirement has been temporarily WAIVED in MD.
More MD Resources:
VIRGINIA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
IF YOU ARE/WERE EMPLOYED IN VIRGINIA
FILE A CLAIM: Online | By phone: 1-866-832-2363
If you do not have this information available, please gather it before you begin to file your claim. This site is available seven days a week. The filing process takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete this process.
What is the Minimum / Maximum Weekly Benefit?
Weekly unemployment benefits in Virginia range from $54 to $378 per week and are based on your wages. The more you made, the higher the payout. To get the maximum, a person must have earned, during two quarters of their base period, at least $18,900.01, which means an annual salary of $37,800
Active Work Search Requirement
The active work-search requirement has been temporarily WAIVED in VA.
Other COVID-19 Related Updates to VA Unemployment Insurance:
More VA Resources:
Places that are giving out food and groceries!
Food Bank Resources!
DC Central Kitchen (DC)
Martha’s Table (DC)
ICNA Food Pantry (VA)
Industry Specific Food
School Meals for Students:
DC Public Schools: The District will provide meals to students on weekdays from Monday, March 16, through Tuesday, March 31, from 10 am – 2 pm. Below are the locations as of March 14, 2020:
Other Food Resources:
Housing resources & KYRS info!
Know Your Rights! – DC
New Changes made in DC Council Emergency Legislation on 3/16/20
Know Your Rights! – MD
Know Your Rights! – VA
New Changes made in Virginia
Emergency Housing Resources
Facing eviction in DC? Call the Office of the Tenant Advocate for help: (202) 719-6560Housing Advocacy
Places that are giving out free home essentials
Food & Toiletry Stations in Ward 7&8:
Clinics, Health Insurance Resources, Etc
DC Healthcare Alliance & DC MedicaidFor those already enrolled in DC Alliance Healthcare and your benefits were set to expire in March or April, your benefits will be automatically renewed. You do NOT have to renew until 60 after the end of the DC State of Emergency.**This also applies for other public benefits such as TANF, SNAP a/k/a Food StampsDC Health LinkDC Health Link has opened their enrollment for the community because of COVID-19. Enroll online or call them for assistance.
Maryland Health ConnectionThe Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is establishing a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection specifically for the coronavirus.
Free or Reduced Cost Clinics
Bread for the City Health Clinic: 202.386.7020.
Whitman Walker Health Clinic: 202.745.7000
Community of Hope DC: 202.540.9857
MUTUAL AID NETWORKS
These are groups that you can join to request or provide support
DC Area Disability Mutual Aid Needs Assessment Form (in spanish & english)DC Mutual Aid Network
Mutual Aid – Volunteer & Support Networks by Ward From: Full DMV Mutual Aid Spreadsheet!
Resources for at home self care & other mental health support
|Free Individual Mental Health Services by Healers for Liberation Network DCDaily Mindfulness Meditation (except Sundays)Get Radical, Boil Roots: A Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Wellness in the Time of COVID-19|
Various fundraisers supporting both folks in the industry and in the DMV
RESTAURANT SPECIFIC FUNDS
DMV SPECIFIC FUNDS
How can we push for more comprehensive and inclusive policies!!
Updated Laws & Emergency Legislation
Jail & Incarceration Solidarity
Petitions for expanded paid sick leave
How to take care of yourself and others during COVID-19
The best ways to keep you and the people around you safe is to wash your hands and practice social-distancing!
Helpful links from the CDC!
DIY Face Masks! Make your own!