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A primer on coronavirus-related unemployment benefits for architects –

Facing unemployment? AN gathered basic information on how to navigate benefits and work-less life during the coronavirus pandemic.

(Dorothea Lange/Courtesy New York Public Library/Via Unsplash)
(Dorothea Lange/Courtesy New York Public Library/Via Unsplash)

For the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, AN will use this column to keep our readers up to date on how the pandemic is affecting architecture and related industries. This weekly article is meant to digest the latest major developments in the crisis and synthesize broader patterns and what they could mean for architecture in the United States. The previous edition of the column can be found here.

In the last column, I covered what firm owners need to know about the federal coronavirus-related relief programs, and this week I’m looking at what (former) employees should know.

If you’re being laid off for the first time, it can be a scary and confusing experience, but it’s not the end of the world (I’m speaking from personal experience), and, given the way the Architecture Billings Index has been heading, you are probably not alone in losing your job. That being said, some basic information helps a lot, and there are also some added twists of getting laid off during the pandemic that make this moment different.

I’m not an accountant, and this column isn’t a substitute for professional financial advice, but there are a few basic pointers that can help anyone. Traditional employment assistance is available to employees who have been laid off or furloughed and comes in the form of taxable weekly payments to you as long as you’re unemployed for up to six months. It’s administered by states, so every state has a different filing website, has different requirements, and offers different benefits, but you can expect to receive a certain portion of your previous income. It’s a really helpful way to get money without a lot of strings attached to help keep you afloat. In normal times, the process is pretty straightforward, and you can keep getting money as long as you affirm that you’re looking for a job and attend a few meetings. But these aren’t normal times—generally, states are overwhelmed by the number of claims thanks to unprecedented job losses, so there are a lot of delays at every step of the process. Do not give up if you are unable to apply online or over the phone on your first try. Application websites are crashing, state helplines are backed up, and benefits are taking weeks to go out, so patience is critical.

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