Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
The Massachusetts Department of Career Services (MDCS) uses the Rapid Response team for many important services. The team provides layoff aversion and early intervention services to companies and their employees for free. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds this federally-mandated program. This results in a smooth transition for all affected employees.