Overview and Implementation Details
The Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020, which extends benefits under the CARES Act, and provides new qualification requirements, was signed into law on December 27, 2020.
Because the Continued Assistance Act was signed on December 27, 2020, individuals collecting benefits under the PUA and PEUC programs will be eligible for benefits for the week ending January 2, 2021.
DUA has already implemented some of the provisions of the Continued Assistance Act of 2020:
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
- As of January 6, 2021, DUA has implemented FPUC for UI claimants. The additional $300 was added to weekly benefit payments for the week ending January 2, 2021.
- PUA claimants will receive their FPUC payments beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- DUA has implemented the extended PUA program and payments after the week ending December 26, 2020 began being paid beginning on Monday, January 11, 2020.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- The extended PEUC program (PEUC 1.1) has now been implemented in UI Online. Claimants should expect to see payments in their account, including retroactive payments to the week ending January 2, 2021, if eligible, early next week (week of February 8- February 14th). Claimants who have not been signing in will need to request these weeks through UI Online.
- For many PEUC claimants, the PEUC program will conclude the week ending March 13, 2021. However, claimants who are eligible for PEUC during the week ending March 13, 2021 and have not yet exhausted their 24 weeks will be able to claim PEUC through the week ending April 10, 2021.
- Claimants who exhausted PEUC 1.0 and Extended Benefits (EB), or were not eligible for EB, should check their claim by Monday, February 8, 2021. The PEUC 1.1 program should be on the claim and the claim status should change to “Exhausted Inactive” or “Expired Inactive”.
- The link to reopen will be available. Claimants must reopen their claim by accessing their UI account or contacting a Claims Agent.
- Once the claim has been reopened, overnight, the UI Online system will automatically predate the claim back to the week ending 1/2/2021. The weeks should then be made requestable for the claimant to request benefits, on the day after the claim is reopened. CLAIMANTS MUST REQUEST THESE BENEFITS ONCE THE CLAIM IS REOPENED. THESE WEEKS WILL NOT BECOME AVAILABLE UNTIL THE FOLLOWING DAY. Eligible claimants will receive a notice instructing them to reopen their claim.
Extended Benefits (EB)
- Extended Benefits (EB) will remain active due to continued federal funding until conditions for the 13-week entitlement “trigger off” ” or until the week ending March 13, 2021. Eligible claimants are receiving their weekly benefits.
- Claimants who exhaust EB need just continue certifying for benefits and will automatically transition on to PEUC 1.1.
Summary of Programs
As a reminder, among the changes contained in the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 are:
|Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 Program||Program Summary|
|Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)||
|Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)||
|Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)||
|Extended Benefits (EB)||
Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Multilingual call agents are available.
To request weekly benefits, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m.
To check your claim or benefit payment status (*please do not transfer to an agent while in the system-this is not staffed at this time)