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Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed, Gig Workers, Nonprofits and Others Now Available. Here's What…

Ernice Gilbert | July 08, 2020

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) started implementation on Monday, the V.I. Department of Labor has announced. The PUA program provides unemployment assistance to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes self-employed individuals, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, taxi drivers, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for our regular unemployment benefits program, according to the department. During a phone interview with the Consortium Tuesday, Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy explained the process and how benefit seekers could speed up their approval. He said implementation took this long because the system had to be programmed to process the new payments. States on the mainland have faced similar…

Unemployment Crisis in Puerto Rico Forces Resignation…

Staff Consortium | June 11, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s labor secretary resigned on Tuesday as tens of thousands…

VI Government Risks Default Because of Mounting Debt,…

Ernice Gilbert | May 29, 2020

Moody's, one of the most respected rating agencies in the world, on Thursday gave a bleak assessment…

Furloughing Gov't Employees is Last Resort For Bryan…

Ernice Gilbert | May 29, 2020

Things haven't changed much relative to the territory's weak financial standing. Two weeks ago Governor…

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