Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday that the state has begun implementing provisions of the federal CARES Act for the distribution of increased unemployment benefits, but he said “gig” workers and other self-employed will have to wait until the end of April to apply.
That delay is due to the need for the state to construct an online platform to process those claims.
“We’ll communicate with the public when the [Department of Unemployment Assistance] is ready to accept new applications,” Baker said. “I think we know this is frustrating for many people here in Massachusetts.
“In the new federal CARES Act, those new benefits haven’t been made available as quickly as any of us would like.”