The Maine Department of Labor is accepting applications for the new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation Program.

The program was created by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 and provides a $100 supplemental weekly benefit to those who had both employment and self-employment prior to becoming unemployed during the pandemic. The program is payable for weeks ending January 2, 2021, through September 4, 2021.

The MEUC program is intended for claimants who had at least $5,000 in net self-employment income but qualified for state unemployment insurance benefits, resulting in their self-employment income not being included in their benefit calculation. Individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are not eligible for MEUC benefits because their self-employment income has already been taken into consideration.

Payments to eligible claimants will be retroactive. If eligible, claimants would receive MEUC for each week January 2 through September 4, 2021, for which they received unemployment benefits.

An individual must be eligible to receive at least $1 of underlying unemployment benefits for the claimed week to receive the full $100 MEUC for that week.

Those who may be eligible for the program will be notified with instructions on how to apply through the mail and in their account correspondence.

More information and FAQs can be found by visiting maine.gov/unemployment.