With nearly 25 million new and continued unemployment compensation claims it is no surprise that the topic of unemployment benefits, especially as it relates to the 2020 enhanced federally funded pandemic unemployment provisions, have generated a lot of interest. I have been writing extensively over the last few months on this topic and received hundreds of comments around the challenges of filing claims, lack of information on the status of filed claims and issues with incorrect amounts. The following is a recap of the most popular articles on this topic, which have been updated with additional information and useful tips, plus dozens of comments from people sharing their challenges, experiences and tips. Also included are links to state specific unemployment resource pages.
COVID 19 Enhanced Unemployment Benefits
As a reminder under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:
• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.
Also given the volume of questions and as every state has varying unemployment rules, I have started creating specific state unemployment pages to provide information on filing or checking the status of unemployment benefits – FL, CA, IL, TX, NJ, MA, CO, PA, NJ. The list above will grow as I add more state by state resources so please subscribe via the options below to stay connected