Covid-19Gig Work

September 14, 2020

I am self-employed or a gig worker and have been receiving the minimum weekly benefit. How do I know if I am eligible for a higher benefit? How do I submit proof of income?

If your net income (for self-employed workers) or gross wages (for gig workers) in 2019 was below $15,224, you do not have to upload your income information and will continue receiving the minimum benefit of $172 per week. If your earnings were higher than that in 2019, you are eligible for retroactive benefits up to…

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Covid-19Family CareSafety

September 14, 2020

What if I am offered a job, but I cannot start the job due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19 or because I need to care for a child or other family member?

In general, you are no longer eligible for unemployment if you refuse a “suitable” job offer. However, you can still be eligible for unemployment if you show that the job was not “suitable” or if you show that you had “good cause” for refusing a “suitable” job. The Department of Labor has said that it…

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Covid-19Family Care

September 14, 2020

A close family member of mine has COVID-19, and I will stay home from work to take care of them. What can I do to receive income while I’m not working?

As described in FAQ 3 above, under the Families First Act, government employers and employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to provide their employees with 10 days of sick leave, which can be used to care for someone in your household with COVID-19 or who has been advised by a healthcare professional to…

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Covid-19Benefits

September 14, 2020

I need to stay home from work because I have coronavirus/I have been advised or ordered to self-quarantine. What can I do to receive income while I am not working?

Under the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Families First Act), which went into effect on April 1, 2020 and expires December 31, 2020, any government employer or employer with fewer than 500 employees is required to immediately provide 10 days of emergency paid sick leave to its employees.  This leave is in…

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Covid-19HealthcareResources

August 22, 2020

MaineCare Eligibility and Services

Are you confused about how to get health insurance and what it will pay for? You’re not alone. Maine Equal Justice can help navigate MaineCare eligibility and services. MaineCare is Maine’s name for Medicaid, a program that provides health insurance for low-income people. To get any kind of MaineCare you have to show that your…

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Covid-19HealthcareResources

August 22, 2020

Consumers for Affordable Health Care Support Hotline

Do you need help with…Finding health coverage you can afford? Understanding your options in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Enrolling in MaineCare? Understanding your health coverage? Filing an appeal or complaint? Finding programs to help with health care and drug costs?

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Covid-19HealthcareResources

August 22, 2020

Information on your health care options if you’ve lost your job

Mainers who are worried about losing health insurance or having a hard time paying monthly premiums may have options including Marketplace coverage and MaineCare.

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Covid-19Resources

August 22, 2020

Federal Legislation that Aids Workers

From Family Values At Work. Provides and overview of the federal legislation that impacts workers, including paid sick days, paid family leave and unemployment.

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Covid-19Paid Sick LeaveResources

August 22, 2020

Families First Corona Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

Information about the paid sick days and expanded family leave created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

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Covid-19Resources

August 22, 2020

Unemployment Insurance FAQs from Maine Dept. of Labor

Frequently asked questions about unemployment eligibility and how to apply. Updated frequently.

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Covid-19Paid Sick LeaveResources

August 22, 2020

Paid Leave & Unemployment Decision Chart

From Family Values At Work and NELP. Helps navigate if paid sick day, unemployment, or family leave are your best option.

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Covid-19

April 30, 2020

I have more questions. Where can I get free, high-quality legal information about my rights?

Free legal resources. For free legal advice from experienced lawyers in Maine, you can go online to Free Legal Answers, which is an online legal clinic for people who have lower incomes. Go to maine.freelegalanswers.org and fill out a brief eligibility survey, and provide your email. Write in your questions with some context for the…

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