Minnesota (MI DEED) Unemployment Benefit Extensions to $300 FPUC, PUA and PEUC Programs Has Ended. Retroactive Payment Updates

The the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program is administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), who are responsible for processing unemployment compensation claims and paying out benefits. See below for details on the newly enhanced unemployment benefits available and how to file a claim.

As of September 6th, all the pandemic unemployment programs have now ended and DEED is focused on paying retroactive claims for these programs. Traditional state unemployment benefits continue to be available for eligible claimants.

Biden Stimulus Bill Extensions

Under President Biden’s $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan (ARP), enhanced unemployment benefits have been extended until September 6th. This includes further extensions to the PUA programPEUC program, $300 weekly payment under the FPUC program and $100 Mixed Earners (MEUC) program. There were also provisions in the Biden Stimulus package for Unemployment tax breaks on the first $10,200 of benefits received in 2020.

Latest News and Status on PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Payment Schedule

The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) has now issued formal guidelines to implement the latest round of extensions until September 6th. For those who exhaust their benefits or have a zero claim balance after March 14th (when current CAA extensions end) there could be a lapse in benefits as DEED update their program/systems to enable the extended weeks of coverage funded under the ARP Program. The DEED is in line to have the recent extensions implemented by mid-April in line with federal guidelines. I will post updates as they are made available and you can follow along via the options below for the latest updates.

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Unemployment Extension Summary under PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC
Unemployment Extension Summary under PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC

2021 Unemployment Program Extensions Under COVID Relief Bill

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief package was passed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, which among several other pandemic relief measures extends and provides additional federal funding for enhanced unemployment benefits. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and a reinstatement, but halving of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Program which provides a $300 supplemental weekly unemployment payment.

These programs have been funded and extended for 11 weeks (on top of any state funded extensions), covering the weeks of December 27th, 2020 to March 14th, 2021. While the bill was only signed on 12/27 and there have been some reports that the claimants may lose one week of benefits (since funding for all these programs ended on December 26th) the Department of Labor has confirmed an added $300 per week FPUC will be available starting the week ending 1/2/21, so eligible claimants will receive the full 11 weeks of payments (a total of $3,300). To receive FPUC benefits, you must be receiving regular UI, PEUC, EB, or PUA.

December 31, 2020 update: DEED expects to start paying the newly authorized PEUC and PUA benefits as soon as January 3, 2021. They are currently awaiting federal funding for the $300 supplemental payments.

Final guidelines on these programs and final eligibility including additional document verification procedures to combat Fraud have been issued by the Department of Labor and then have to be implemented by the state UI agency in their systems and programs. So this could delay the actual date of payments.

UI claimants with existing or expired claim balances should be aware of the following:

  • PUA and PEUC, FPUC will be automatically added to the claimants’ benefits if they are eligible for the weeks outlined in the new legislation.
  • Claimants with weeks remaining in UI should continue to file weekly claims
  • Claimants who will have additional weeks in UI and PUA or PEUC due to state provisions (where applicable) should watch their state agency UI portal or website for updates that will allow additional weeks to be filed.
  • Claimants will receive retroactive payments for all weeks they are eligible.
  • Claimants currently receiving benefits through the Extended Benefits program must finish all weeks of EB before receiving additional weeks of PEUC.

I will post additional details as they are released in coming days. So stay tuned for updates.

PEUC Payment Dates

The first week of PEUC under the new law is the week beginning December 27, 2020. You will be able to request payment for this week on or after January 3, 2021. PEUC benefits will not be available retroactively for weeks prior to December 27, 2020. If you have not collected benefits in a while, you may need to reactivate your account before you can resume requesting PEUC benefits.

Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed. The last payable week for PEUC will be for the week ending March 13, 2021. If you receive a PEUC payment for that week, and you have a remaining balance on your account, you may be eligible to participate in a phaseout period and collect PEUC through the week ending April 10, 2021.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extension

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides weekly benefit payments for those who are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota or any other state. PUA was created by the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. Under the new stimulus law signed on December 27, 2020, PUA benefits can now last for 11 more weeks (up to a maximum of 50 weeks).

The first week of PUA benefits under the new law is the week beginning December 27, 2020. You will be able to request payment for this week on or after January 3, 2021. Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed. The last payable week for PUA will be for the week ending March 13, 2021. If you receive a PUA payment for that week, and you have a remaining balance on your account, you may be eligible to participate in a phaseout period and collect PUA through the week ending April 10, 2021. See more information on the DEED page.

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3 thoughts on “Minnesota (MI DEED) Unemployment Benefit Extensions to $300 FPUC, PUA and PEUC Programs Has Ended. Retroactive Payment Updates”

  1. They need to give out more info on when they are implementing MEUC for mixed-income earners.
    Also the program of an extra $100 is almost an insult after months of getting under $100 of UI or no UI at all. Those of us who earned most of our income in self-employment but had part-time wage jobs to supplement, and who lost self-employment but still deliver pizzas on the weekend, or whatever it might be, do not get any compensation at all because you can’t collect UI on a job you still have. Therefore trying to survive on a $10 an hour 8-12hr a week part-time job’s wages alone. The real fix would be retroactive and either places us in PUA or count both incomes toward the benefit, not just the W2 job. This MEUC still doesn’t help those who kept their part-time wage work. And they still are trying to survive only $300-600 a month. It didn’t fix anything. Just gave those who managed to collect something a hundred dollars more than their neighbor. whoopie.
    I advocated for this cause so much. Talked to senators, wrote letters, petitions, etc. It is so disheartening to see the version that made it into the bill.

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  2. I was on extended benefits and that was cut off they expired it on Dec 19th in Minnesota, I was supposed tu get 1 more payment but they cut off. I started a new application but it still shows 0 zero, it states on web site for Minnesota that if exhausted EB they would put it back in with the 300 on top of what I was getting, it’s already after the date, are they missing my account I have other friends that are getting there’s so can I get info. I will get the extra 11 weeks extension again till March is this correct, I just need tu know so I can let Bill people and housing know I could be late because it’s not in my account yet, any info would be great, I just wish someone in office would have info so we could get info on times dates. Thanks for any info.

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