The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created three temporary unemployment programs: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The FPUC program ended on July 25th, but the PUA and PEUC programs are still in effect nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) advises that the PUA and PEUC programs will end on December 26, 2020.
While the CARES Act states that the programs will end on December 31st, the USDOL only allows states to pay claimants for a full week of unemployment. In most states, a full week is from Sunday to Saturday and partial weeks of unemployment are not payable. Individuals will not be paid out for any remaining weeks that may be left in their federal unemployment claim. The PUA and PEUC programs were created by the federal government and, as a result, states do not have the authority to extend the duration of these programs.
If an individual is eligible for PUA or PEUC benefits for the week ending December, 26th, they will need to file a final claim certification during the week of Sunday, December 27, 2020 – Saturday, January 2, 2021 to receive their final payment for PUA or PEUC benefits. If an individual files a claim for PUA or PEUC benefits but they are still awaiting an eligibility determination, they will receive all benefits even if their eligibility is determined after December 26, 2020.
Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.