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You are eligible for PEUC if:

  • You have exhausted all rights to regular state or federal benefits and your Benefit Year End date is after July 1, 2019;
  • You are not currently eligible for state or federal unemployment benefits; and
  • You are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except in instances where COVID-19 has made it not possible, including illness, quarantine, or "stay at home" orders.

You have exhausted your benefits when:

  • You are not eligible for regular UI benefits because you have received the maximum amount of these benefits available to you based on your employment or wages during your base period; OR
  • Your benefit year ended on or after July 1, 2019.

If you currently have an open UI claim, there is nothing for you to do other than continue filing your weekly certification. You cannot apply for any UI programs in advance, so you must wait for the week after your benefits are exhausted to apply for PEUC.

If you have exhausted the maximum amount of regular UI benefits available to you and are unable to file a new claim until your current benefit year expires, you will be eligible for up to 13 weeks of additional benefits through the PEUC program. When you log in to your claim there will be an option on the left navigation that says “Apply for Federal Extension Benefits.”

If you remain totally or partially unemployed when your benefit year ends, you must file a new application for regular UI before your PEUC application can be considered.

On February 7, if your benefit year has expired, you will see "Apply for Benefits" on your homepage. If found ineligible for a new standard claim, you will go back to your previous PEUC claim to certify with the 11-week extension under CAA. If found eligible for a new claim, you will stay on the new standard claim and continue with weekly certifications. If your benefit year has not expired, you will see a "Reopen" link on February 7.

Under the Continued Assistance Act guidelines provided by U.S. Department of Labor, if a claimant has started state-federal extended benefits (FDEB1) they must exhaust those benefits first before they are eligible to return to extended benefits under Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

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