The CARES Act & Emergency Benefits

By May 13, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Department of Labor (DOL) stated that twenty-two states implemented regular extended benefits for the week-ending May 10, 2020. This implementation provides an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits, as well as regular benefits and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) of the CARES Act. The FPUC includes the weeks before July 31, 2020. Any subsequent weeks of FPUC claimed by an individual through the week before December 31, 2020 will be paid at the weekly benefit amount. The twenty-two states that implemented regular extended benefits include: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. The DOL also compiled a comprehensive list of states that activated extended benefits on the following website:

Several states are close to turning on regular extended benefits under the permanent trigger provision of 4.0% Insured Unemployment Rate (IUR). States with a rate of 4.0% IUR that are at risk of triggering soon: Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Many associates may claim and exceed what they would earn for a year of wages in their previous jobs. The CARES Act’s programs discourage workers from returning to work with a financial incentive to remain unemployed. The UWC (Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation) states that, “As we saw after the 2008 recession when up to 99 weeks of unemployment compensation were available, it became difficult for employers to find workers to take many of the job openings available until after their unemployment compensation was exhausted.” However, during this unprecedented time, may associates may also fear to return to work because of COVID-19.


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Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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