The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) advised that they will initiate the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program and will provide up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to individuals impacted by COVID-19.
The PEUC program is a part of the CARES Act and provides benefits to individuals who have exhausted benefits on a regular unemployment claim that ended July 6, 2019 or later. The additional payments will be available during the weeks ending April 4, 2020 through December 26, 2020.
However, please be aware that the regular weekly benefit amount and dependent allowance will remain the same. Also, additional payments will be subject to an IRS tax withholding. The state will mail a notice of potential eligibility to those individuals who meet the required criteria for this program and will advise them to contact their nearest claim center to complete an application.
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.