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Navigating the New UC System

Answers to your questions about the new online UC system

Accessing Unemployment Benefits

Income replacement for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own

Special COVID-19 Programs

Extension of unemployment compensation during COVID-19

Find your Local Legal Aid Provider in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

See if you qualify for free legal representation for your unemployment hearing

What program do I qualify for?

Due to COVID-19, there are two unemployment programs in Pennsylvania. It is important that you apply for the correct program. 

Regular Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about regular unemployment compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

New UC System Claimant Experience Survey

Your feedback will help us advocate for fixes to the new system. 

Recent News

The UC system in Pennsylvania is hard for workers to navigate. UCHelp.org – a new online resource for workers – is here to help answer your questions and guide you through the process. Check it out today: www.uchelp.org, and tag a person in the comments who would find this resource helpful. All information on the site is provided by Philadelphia Legal Assistance and is only intended as legal information, not advice. See MoreSee Less
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We have a new resource on worker misclassification! On July 8, PLA’s Taxpayer Support Clinic launched our new Reclaim Your Worker Rights poster. PLA worked in collaboration with the Center for Urban Pedagogy to develop this new resource on worker misclassification. The poster discusses what worker misclassification is, how it can harm taxpayers, and how taxpayers can challenge their misclassification as independent contractors before the IRS. The Taxpayer Support Clinic helps low-income Philadelphians challenge their misclassification so that they only pay the correct share of tax. In conjunction with the poster, PLA developed a new self-help tool that works through the Form SS-8 that taxpayers can use to challenge their classification: www.myss8.org. This poster is available for free to download online here (where you can also find out more information about it): welcometocup.org/Projects/MakingPolicyPublic/ReclaimYourWorkerRights. More details about the poster were also discussed among an expert panel of professionals and individuals who worked on the poster design here in this Facebook Live presentation that PLA did with Councilmember Kendra Brooks Reclaim Your Workers Rights! With Philadelphia Legal Assistance.For copies of the physical poster itself, please email [email protected] For more PLA resources on worker misclassification, please visit the following page: philalegal.org/resources/worker-misclassification See MoreSee Less
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