Unemployment Benefit Up To $500 Per Week

March 22, 2020 | 9 Comments

The Government will be providing an unemployment benefit for eligible employees not currently on financial assistance which will provide a payment of 60% of gross earnings up to a maximum of $500 per week, Premier David Burt said.

Speaking at the press briefing earlier this evening, the Premier said: “I can also advise the Cabinet met today and approved a package of unemployment benefits to be provided to those of our citizens who are out of work as a result of this pandemic.

“The full details will be released to the public tomorrow, but I can say that the unemployment benefit will be for eligible employees not currently on financial assistance, and will provide a payment of 60% of gross earnings up to a maximum of $500 per week.”

The Premier also added, “The Bermuda Hotels Association today indicated some 1,400 hotel employees have been made redundant as a result of property closures. Tomorrow morning the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports will outline the criteria and eligibility for the unemployment relief benefit.”

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Update: The full details are here.

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  1. sage says:

    Does this mean those unfortunate enough to be unemployed before the pandemic will get nothing?

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      The answer was right in front of you. “eligible employees not currently on financial assistance”.

  2. Whistling Frog says:

    Will they need to prove the length of time they where working on the job?
    What about employers who are not paying Tax returns and their Social Assistance?

    • Tired of the Idiots posting says:

      What does that matter. People are not working meaning can not afford rent, food, medication basic necessities. Why are you even trying to be political at this point.

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      I would guess a submittal of a date stamped paystub would be required so that the government can gauge the 60% value. I am not following you on the tax returns, did we become American overnight without notice? The government pays social assistance, not your employer. Your employer pays into your social insurance & if they haven’t then this would be a separate issue to this Corona relief fund.

  3. High Tide says:

    What about the guest workers who were temporarily laid off? They also pay rent and eat food

  4. Kim says:

    Does it also pertain to us that are self employed as housecleaners n painters ?

  5. Jack Archer says:

    Government has no cash so I think this is about as much as can be expected but – is it for all workers?

  6. Hello How and where do i go to apply for unemployment benefit fund ?.

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