Some Parents Still Eligible For PUA Despite Kids Returning To School


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Now that more kids are going back to school, some parents are concerned about losing their jobless benefits. However, one Boston attorney said that may not happen to everyone.

When remote learning was the only option for kids, many parents were forced to take off work to care for them. Since then, those parents have been eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Attorney Monica Halas, with the Greater Boston Legal Services, said parents could still qualify for benefits even if their children return to the classroom.

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Halas said that parents qualify if they no longer have a job because of the pandemic, or if their place of prior employment has “reduced work so much” they don’t have a position right now.

Those that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and need to quarantine also qualify.

You can find out more about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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