Montana has implemented emergency rules to streamline unemployment benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. Traditionally eligible individuals may apply here immediately for unemployment.
These emergency rules include:
- Claimants directed by their employer to leave work or not report to work due to COVID-19 to qualify as being temporarily laid off by the employer and eligible for benefits.
- Workers who must quarantine or who need to take care of a family member due to COVID-19 are also considered temporarily laid off and eligible for benefits.
- The Department of Labor can waive the one week waiting period before typically receiving benefits.
The Cares Act also created an expanded definition for unemployment eligibility that includes self-employed people, independent contractors, and part-time workers.
United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Northwest Montana United Way has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to people directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to qualified individuals and families living in the Montana counties of Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders.
The Northwest Montana United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund will focus on the following:
- Food & Food supplies
- Prescription & medical supplies
- Utility payments
- Mortgage or rent payments
- Other items determined eligible by the Unmet Needs Committee
To apply for assistance, please call the Northwest Montana United Way at 406-752-7266.
The Montana Legal Services Association is offering legal advice to help people affected by COVID-19.
State and Tribal Government Relief
The CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund that provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of COVID-19. Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced the establishment of a Task Force to provide guidance and advice on how to best use the $1.25 billion appropriate to Montana to assist workers, businesses, and sectors of the economy impacted by the outbreak.
The task force will be led by Larry Simkins of the Washington Companies and includes:
- Jason Smith – Montana Office of Indian Affairs
- Casey Lozar – Federal Reserve Bank
- Charlie Beaton – Big Dipper Ice Cream
- Scott Brown – The Base Camp
- Eric Bryson – Montana Association of Counties
- Tim Burton – Montana League of Cities and Towns
- Nick Checota – Logjam Presents
- Randy Chesler – Glacier Bancorp
- Bill Coffee – Stockman Bank
- Colin Davis – Chico Hot Springs
- Shalon Hastings – Fly FisHer Adventures
- Jacquie Helt – Service Employees International Union
- Mike Hope – Rockin R
- Llew Jones – State representative, business owner
- Tom Keneally – Town Pump
- Jim Markel – Red Oxx
- Janice Mattson – Mattson Farms
- Liz Moore – Montana Nonprofit Association
- Jim Peterson – Rancher
- Kevin Riley – 1st Interstate Bank
- Mark Semmens – D.A. Davidson
- Jon Sesso – State Senator, business owner
- Larry Simkins – The Washington Companies
- Sarah Walsh – PayneWest Insurance
- Joe Willauer – Butte Local Development Corporation
For additional information please see the following links: