The federal Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 requires that the Maine Department of Labor verify the identity of all new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applicants before their claim is processed. It is also a federal requirement that PUA recipients provide proof of employment. MDOL will be sending letters to PUA claimants who have not yet been asked to provide the information.

Claimants will need to provide two forms of identification; one must be a government-issued photo ID. Staff will review the documents in the order that they are received. Once a claimant’s identity is verified, the hold on their claim will be released and payment will be sent within 7–14 days, as long as there are no other eligibility questions.

Claimants who must provide proof of employment will receive a Request for Proof of Employment letter with either a 21-day or a 90-day deadline. Failure to respond to a request may lead to a denial of benefits starting with the week ending January 2, 2021, and may result in an overpayment of benefits received since that time.

More information and guides to uploading ID and proof of employment documents can be found by visiting maine.gov/unemployment.

Those receiving correspondence from MDOL about unemployment who did not file an unemployment claim should report it by visiting maine.gov/unemployment/fraud.