I can help with maybe a few of those questions. To add to the exert JFoster shared, here's the full context of what he shared; its the #11 question on your states COVID-19 unemployment FAQ page:
I'm self-employed. Can I receive unemployment benefits?
Not regular (state) unemployment benefits. However, you may be eligible under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
When you file your claim application, a determination of monetary eligibility (did you earn enough wages during a specified period of time) will be issued for a Regular (State) Unemployment claim. If you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment claim, we WILL make a determination for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. All you have to do is continue to file for your weekly benefits currently. We will ask additional questions once the program is fully implemented. This is expected the week of April 13, 2020.
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will pay a minimum of $107 and a maximum of $247 depending on wage verifications.
The following are conditions that will be considered for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if you are not eligible for a Regular Unemployment Insurance claim.
This emergency benefit provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state UC law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons. These includes those people not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment, including the self-employed and those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits.
So it says there that the minimum is $107/wk from the state. You must have put some income earnings on the application right? It does say 'depending on wage verifications'. I suppose its possible if you didn't put any earnings, they just approved you and gave you the lowest amount.
This is a brand new system and fairly temporary at that, so there's not a lot of info out there unfortunately on how exactly to use it per state. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist online somewhere, just might be hard to find.
Missy Wrote: Also how will retroactive benefits work. Do we need to apply for that or call?
For retroactive payments, my understanding is you have claim every week you want benefits from, so depending on what weeks you claimed originally, perhaps you have to go back and claim weeks prior to the ones you already did. I would look to claim for all weeks since he was displaced due to coronavirus. States can do retroactive backpay for benefits as far back as January 27th.
Missy Wrote: Also how do you report self employment income? I read somewhere that you didn’t have to report self employment income.
From everything I have seen, you have to report all income earned for any given week. Again to my understanding, when you file your weekly claims, you report your earnings for that period at time. I say 'to my understanding' because that's how normal unemployment works, and I assume its the same for LA's PUA system. Wouldn't make logical sense that you would get a pass on this, but I suppose its at least possible.