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My account still has a balance. Will I still be able to certify and get paid on PUA?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act was available for 39 weeks and is not determined by balance. If you exhausted all 39 weeks but still have a balance, your claim will be exhausted. If you did not exhaust your weeks prior to December 27, 2020, you can reopen your claim to continue certifying for remaining weeks. If you have exhausted your PUA benefits and your claim is inactive, you will receive a “Reopen Claim” link on your claimant homepage. You may qualify to receive up to 11 additional weeks of benefits under the Continued Assistance Act.

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).



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