The CARES Act & the Missouri Department of Labor

By May 4, 2020August 7th, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) officially implemented the third program under the CARES Act. This program, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), provides up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment to those who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. Those eligible for PEUC will also be eligible for an additional $600 weekly supplement available through the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).

Currently, the state is in the process of sending letters and/or email notifications to potentially eligible individuals who could be eligible for the PEUC program. The state encourages those who have previously exhausted their regular unemployment claims to check for notifications on UInteract at http://www.uinteract.labor.mo.gov and follow any additional instructions provided by the agency. The state also encourages claimants to continue to file weekly requests for payment if they exhausted their unemployment benefits but still have an active benefit year.

Also, Missouri is one of the first 10 states to start paying claims for the self-employed, and others ineligible for regular unemployment, through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Qualifying individuals will receive between $133 and $320 a week plus a weekly $600 federal supplement available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The FPUC program began the week of March 29, 2020 in Missouri and provides that those eligible for at least one dollar of unemployment benefits will receive an additional $600 a week. The last payable week for the $600 supplement will be the week of July 25, 2020.

The state advises that child support payments, existing non-fraud over payments, and taxes, for those who have elected to have taxes withheld, reduces both the $600 payment as well as any weekly unemployment payments.

Finally, please be aware that the FPUC, PUA, and PEUC programs are not regular unemployment programs. These programs are fully funded by the federal government. For additional information about the FPUC, PUA and PEUC, visit http://www.labor.mo.gov/coronavirus.

Individuals who need to apply for benefits can do so through the state website at http://www.uinteract.labor.mo.gov. The state encourages individuals to visit their website for additional information on unemployment: http://labor.mo.gov/coronavirus.

 

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.

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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