The CARES Act & the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

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 too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

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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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