Missouri & the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020

By January 13, 2021COVID-19

This week, the state of Missouri started to process $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments to eligible unemployed claimants under the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020. The FPUC program provides that claimants who are eligible for at least one dollar of unemployment benefits during the week will receive an additional $300 per week as a federal supplement. Claimants do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. Depending on bank holds, eligible claimants should see payments within the next few days. Please be aware that FPUC benefits are only payable effective with the week beginning December 27, 2020. Weeks for which payment was requested before that date will not include the FPUC benefits. Retroactive payments will be made to eligible claimants who requested payment for the week beginning December 27, 2020. The last payable week for the FPUC benefits will be the week ending March 13, 2021.The state advises that child support payments, existing non-fraud overpayments, and taxes (for those who elected to have taxes withheld, reduces both FPUC and regular unemployment payments.

The state will make further announcements about the extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs when additional guidance is provided by the Department of Labor. For additional information on unemployment, please visit labor.mo.gov/coronavirus or labor.mo.gov/des/videos. Claimants can check for correspondence and claim status information at uinteract.labor.mo.gov and ask unemployment questions to the state’s virtual assistant at labor.mo.gov. The Missouri Service Navigator can also help connect individuals and families with vital local services. For more assistance resources and information, visit labor.mo.gov/DES/Claims/public_programs.

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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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