South Dakotans to soon receive CARES Act aid

PIERRE, S.D. — For people applying for jobless benefits, federal assistance from the CARES Act will soon be applied to state benefits.

The state Department of Labor and Regulation says they received guidance from the federal government over the weekend on disbursement of the $600 dollar payment.

For anyone who has filed or will be filing for state aid, there is no additional paperwork to fill out. The money will automatically be added to your state benefit.

The state also wants to remind people that quitting work to obtain benefits is considered fraud.

“If your employer has work available for you or you quit or decide to stay home, you may not be eligible for benefits so it’s important to remember you can’t just decide to self-quarantine, you can’t just quit without a verified medical reason to be doing so,” said Secretary of the S.D. Department of Labor Marcia Hultman.

The CARES Act is also making unemployment benefits possible for certain small business owners and independent contractors through ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ or PUA. The state says they are not taking claims from people who qualify just yet. They ask residents who may be eligible for PUA to hold off on calling until they give the green light for applying.

More information on unemployment insurance can be found on the state Department of Labor’s website. 

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