SELF-EMPLOYED AND GIG WORKERS - NEW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT

The MEUC program, which is a part of the Continued Assistance Act, was created to assist workers who qualified for traditional unemployment, but also had income from self-employment or gig work that is not included in the calculation of their regular unemployment benefits.

MEUC applies only to traditional unemployment claimants. Claimants who receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are ineligible for MEUC.MEUC provides an additional $100 weekly benefit to eligible claimants. Payments will not begin until the DUA reviews the applicants supporting documentation and will be retroactive. Eligible MEUC applicants that are paid at least $1 of their underlying unemployment benefit amount for any week of unemployment will also receive a $100 supplemental MEUC payment. This is provided in addition to the $300 FPUC payment.

For more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/mixed-earners-unemployment-compensation-meuc