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Answers to frequently asked questions about filing for unemployment during the COVID-19 emergency.

In order to assist unemployed workers, and in order to address the many drastic impacts the current COVID-19 emergency is having on Massachusetts employers and workers, the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) enacted emergency regulations on March 16, 2020, and has taken a number of other steps to assist you during the current COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, this week Governor Baker signed new legislation waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits in cases related to COVID-19.

The following questions and answers explain the recent changes at DUA and clarify some other questions you may have regarding DUA during this difficult time.