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I was hired and officially accepted a position as a Census field worker. However, I was never able to start due to the Covid-19 pandemic putting the Census on hold. The online unemployment application for Oklahoma says that I would need to work 15 days for my most recent employer in order to qualify for unemployment. I am confused because I also read a news article on nbcnews.com that states, "If you were scheduled to start a job but lost the job or are unable to get to it as the result of the coronavirus, you'll be eligible." (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1169846)
Is NBC News correct that I should be eligible for the $600 weekly check under the CARES Act?
Interesting. I am seeing the same thing too. Yahoo! is reporting it as well.
So the problem is the Cares Act allows unemployment expansion in all kinds of ways right now if you were displaced from work due to Covid-19. But it doesn't necessarily require it just yet. It's up to the states to interpret the federal guidelines and put them into action right now. Which is still a work in progress.
You should be eligible in theory it seems, but it is up to Oklahoma to implement the changes. Most states are implementing the enhanced unemployment benefits this week or next. Maybe OK is just now about to change that restriction?
Did you try to submit the application anyways? Did you get denied? If you have the time I would go ahead and submit if you can and then try again next week too, to see if that requirement changes.
In my home state of Texas, they say this:
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), encourages individuals previously deemed monetarily ineligible for unemployment benefits to reapply online starting Sunday, April 5, 2020. This date marks the beginning of a new quarter and as such the base period for unemployment benefits and those previously ineligible may now qualify.
Unemployment benefit eligibility is based on past wages, job separation and ongoing eligibility requirements. Currently past wages are calculated on a base period of October 2019-September 2019. However, starting on April 5, 2020, the base period changes to January 2019-December 2019. If you were denied unemployment benefits due to insufficient wages and worked during the January 2019-December 2019 base period, please visit the unemployment benefit services portal to reapply online.
I tried to find the same thing on Oklahoma's site, but haven't yet. Will let you know if/when I do. But I have to assume its the same thing for your state. Meaning the base period reset a few days ago or this week sometime. And you should look to reapply now or next week.