HELENA — Montana Department of Labor & Industry Acting Commissioner Brenda Nordlund announced Tuesday that Montana has begun paying the additional $600 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit established with the passage of the recent federal stimulus package, or CARES Act.
DLI began paying the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit on the evening of Monday, April 13, issuing $20,520,000 in FPUC payments. Montanans using direct deposit should expect to see the funds within two to three days, if not sooner. Claimants who receive checks should expect to see their benefits within the week. At this time, these funds are not being issued to the population expanded under the CARES Act, which includes those that are self-employed. DLI will begin processing those claims as soon as possible and benefits will be backdated as provided under the law.