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If the 11-week extension goes past my benefit year end, do I need to reapply for unemployment?

Yes. A new application for benefits is required once the benefit year ends, which is every 52 weeks. Claimants on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) do not end their benefit year until the program ends. PUA claimants will only need to file their initial PUA claim once and then complete a quarterly application to check for eligibility for a standard unemployment claim. Benefit year end dates were moved to April 10, 2021 for PUA claimants.

Why do claimants on FDEB1 have to wait to get back on PEUC?

The U.S. Department of Labor requires that if a claimant has started Federal-State Extended Benefits (FDEB1) they must exhaust the 13 weeks of FDEB1 before they can apply for the additional 11-week PEUC extension under the Continued Assistance Act.

Why are claimants that exhausted PEUC and qualified for FDEB1 not being moved back to PEUC until the FDEB1 benefits are exhausted? According to a previous town hall, that was not supposed to happen.

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).

I have already exhausted 13 weeks of PEUC and 13 weeks of FDEB1. Will I need to reapply for the 11-week extension on February 7?

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.

Will certifications/payments for PUA be retroactive from December 27?

Yes, if a claimant is eligible for benefits they may request a backdate to the week of December 27, 2020. Each eligible certification week starting with the week of December 27 will also include the additional $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment.



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