Retroactive Unemployment Benefits Back or Missing Payments for Expired $300 Weekly FPUC, PUA and PEUC Programs – Claim Weeks Covered

UI Back Payments With End of Extended Unemployment Programs

With the expiry of federal enhanced unemployment benefit programs like PUA, PEUC, $300 FPUC and $100 MEUC after September 6th 2021 in all states, there have been a lot of questions around what happens with ongoing, new and past payments.

Ongoing and new weekly payments will end after September 6th (week ending September 11th in most states). This means a cessation of federal pandemic unemployment benefits for 8 million+ jobless or under-employed claimants which that will result in them losing all current and future benefits under the PUA, PEUC or supplementary $300 FPUC programs.

States like New Jersey and California, have already stated that validated claims after a successful determination or appeal for eligible weeks (when the programs were in effect before September 6th) would be paid out over the next several weeks. Note, per the sections below, that back payments are limited to the program extension coverage periods.

Eligible Claimants should continue to certify for benefits for weeks they are owed unemployment. Any weeks of unemployment that occurred before these programs expire can still be paid retroactively if a claimant is later determined to be eligible for those weeks of benefits. Check your state unemployment website for more details on certifying for retroactive back payments.

Handling of Retroactive Unemployment Benefits

Retroactive benefits (or back pay) is legally required to be made by state unemployment departments for all eligible weeks under the PUA and PEUC programs. Weeks where claimants got at least $1 of unemployment would also qualify them for the extra $300 FPUC program payment.

Biden ARPA Unemployment Benefit Extensions

Congressional leaders and the President have now passed another COVID relief stimulus package into law. The package includes funding for extending the $300 FPUC weekly boost, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs to September 6th, 2021 or the earlier end date some states have chosen to end participation in these federally funded programs.

Eligible claimants who certify under existing programs like regular state UI, PUA, PEUC or EB for the applicable weeks will automatically get the extra $300 FPUC unemployment Claimants who had exhausted their PUA or PEUC benefits and needed to wait for their state unemployment departments to update UI programs will be retroactively caught up for back payments in subsequent weeks – however their may be some manual intervention required in certain cases as discussed below.

Will I get my retroactive or back payments if my states end benefits early?

With many states ending their participation in the federally funded unemployment programs several weeks earlier than the September 6th end date, a lot of claimants who have had delays or issues with their claims getting paid were naturally worried if they would get back payments. The answer is Yes. Because the funds are allocated at a federal level, the state unemployment agencies are obligated to pay any eligible new or existing claim payments prior to the end date of the state’s participation in the program.

States had to provide 30 days notice to the US DOL prior to ending the PUA, PEUC, $300 FPUC programs. This also requires them to ensure retroactive payments are made on claims prior to this notice period. After the state’s termination date no new or active claim payments will be made. Not surprisingly many states are still struggling with large backlogs and fraudulent claims, so it is expected it could take several weeks for some states to make back payments for eligible weeks.

How Far Back Can I Claim the Retroactive Unemployment Benefits?

As discussed in this article, the new $300 FPUC payment for 2021 will only be retroactive to the start date of the new program coverage period in the same manner as previous supplementary UI benefit programs. This means that back payments for the new $300 FPUC are not payable retroactively for any week prior to December 27th, 2020 (under CAA) or March 14th (under Biden ARP extension), even if you were getting PUA and PEUC for the last several months.

Will I get Back Payments Automatically Applied or Manual Claim/Actions Required?

Once states are able to update their IT systems to pay the extended PEUC and PUA benefits (see this video for a discussion of the PUA mess and PEUC rollout challenges) they are automatically adding the extra weeks to eligible claimant accounts. One the claimant claims or certifies for the relevant weeks they should get payment for current and past eligible weeks.

However due to the complexities, unique cases or system limitations some states area asking claimants to take manual actions to get back payments. For example in Pennsylvania (PA), claimants on PEUC are being requested to email the UC Help Desk for backdating retroactive weeks. Similarly in IDES in IL is asking claimants to call their call center representatives to discuss backdating their claims

So essentially if you cannot claim your past weeks online or you have received a current/recent week payment but no back payments for prior eligible weeks or any official notification of delays, then you will likely have to take a manual action via your state UI agency to get your payment.  

What about States Ending Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Early?

Several states have already announced they will be ending their participation in the federally funded unemployment programs early (see full list) in a bid to encourage jobless workers to return to the workforce.

In this situation retroactive payments for any eligible claims filed prior to the states pandemic program participation date will continue to be processed and paid. Retroactive benefit payments could occur several weeks after the end date for covered weeks as states update systems to account for the end of these programs and revert back to their traditional unemployment programs/systems.

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[September 2020 – Expired Programs] While the $600 FPUC program has now ended (see update below), with no formal extension in place due to a Congressional stalemate, it was been replaced by the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) unemployment benefits program. You can see this article for details on the now expired temporary LWA $300 weekly payment (some states are making a $400 payment) that President Trump approved in mid-August (using $44bn of FEMA funding) via executive order. Most states have made all payments under this program (full list here) including retroactive payments.

Based on reader comments its clear that some people are still getting or waiting for their $600 FPUC retroactive back payments. That is a different program to one paying the LWA benefits and back payments will continue to be made to eligible claimants. It has however expired for new or continuing claims as of August 1st, so if you lost your job after that time or were expecting the $600 then you would be out of luck. You need to leverage the LWA program and benefit for that.

So if you are still getting at least $100 of benefits under current and enhanced benefit programs (like PUA and PEUC) then you should continue to certify on weekly or bi-weekly basis to receive current and retroactive $300 weekly payments. Both the payments are being administered and paid by state unemployment agencies. So you would need to contact them if you are having issues with these payments. See below and comments section for helpful tips.


Update on $600 FPUC Retroactive Back Payments

All states and territories have now updated their unemployment systems to account for the extra $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment to those eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI). While the roll-out and payment of these benefits has been plagued by challenges with some states struggling a lot more than others, millions of Americans have now received their entire extra/stimulus unemployment benefits. As a reminder, the additional $600 weekly payment, including retroactive benefits should occur automatically (unless specified by state unemployment site) for anybody eligible for any amount of state unemployment benefits — even as little as $1. The payments, including retroactive or backdated payments for eligible weeks a claimant has certified, will continue through the end of year, even the program ended for new claimants at the end of July.

The good news is that even though payments have started later the planned, they will be retroactive to when states signed up to receive the federal boost for their unemployment programs. This is generally for the week ending 4/3 in most states. So if you were eligible to receive unemployment compensation from that week then you would be eligible to receive payments from that date. The table below shows when states started making the $600 FPUC payment and when the payments were retroactive to.

Unfortunately many readers have noted issues with these retroactive payments whereby they have not received them at all, even though they had gotten their first $600 payment per state schedules. So while many were expecting a large first payment worth thousands, they ended up getting just their base $600 payment. And when they contact their local state unemployment agencies they cannot get a clear answer and are told just to wait while they clear back logs of new claimants. See more reasons why your $600 payment stopped or was delayed.

Given the delays in getting paid your unemployment checks, many jobless workers may be worried that they could be missing out on payments for the extra weeks they were unemployed. The good is that individuals still waiting on a decision regarding their unemployment eligibility will receive all back weeks of FPUC due to them, even if that decision is made after the end of the current FPUC program in July. They may need to go back and certify for weeks they were eligible (which will vary by state), but they will eventually be made whole for unemployment payments they qualify for.

Backdated Payments with PUA claims

Several readers have asked if the $600 payment will be back dated for those who become eligible for state unemployment benefits under the PUA program. While this is subject to the different timelines of the PUA and FPUC programs, generally speaking if you qualified for the PUA program between early April and the end of July, you would be eligible for FPUC benefits per the dates shown below. This includes backdated payments for weeks you were eligible. In most states backdated PUA and FPUC payments will be paid in one lump-sum one to two weeks after you receive your first payment of eligible state UI benefits.

How to File for Unemployment Benefits Back Payments

Many of the recent comments in this article reflect the challenges with actually being able to claim unemployment back payments for eligible weeks. In particular getting through a live agent or getting a response from your local state agency has been a challenge – which has often meant stress and panic around the status of your unemployment check, and if you will even be getting paid one for current or past weeks.

While it varies by state, the following are the key ways to file and get your retroactive unemployment payments:

  • To claim past weeks or correct dates you will generally have to contact your state UI agency and get them to retroactively certify you for past week. Getting an agent is a challenge, so may agencies are offering secure message as a way to lodge your claim. New York is doing this extensively and people have reported this is more effective than trying to get through to someone.
  • States like Florida have actually setup dedicated phone lines and options (e.g choosing Option 5) to modify the date of unemployment claims or to certify for past weeks. In California, there is a dedicated site to certify for past weeks to confirm your eligibility (retroactive certification).
  • Some states like PA are trying to do more of this online through their unemployment portals/dashboards, and actually are recommending claimants experiencing any errors or issues email (rather than call) their state agency. But response times are still expected to be several days.

Your determination for benefits ad back payments (including under the PUA program) will generally be mailed to you or available on your state agencies online unemployment account or dashboard. This is probably the most up to date place and once approved payments will be made in one lump sum either via direct deposit or debit card

Is my State Processing Unemployment back payments?

The answer is yes. All state UI agencies and departments are processing claims and will backdate your claim to when you first became unemployed, as reported by you when you enter your last day of work. You will need to generally contact them to update your unemployment date if incorrect so that they can correctly pay retroactive benefits. However states like Florida, North Dakota, Arizona and Ohio are still well behind making these retroactive payments due to IT system issues around certifying eligibility for past weeks and taking initial claims for new worker groups (e.g freelancers) eligible for unemployment and the extra $600 under PUA provisions.

State$600 Unemployment Effective and Retroactive Payment Date
AlabamaActive from 4/11. Retroactive to 3/29.
AlaskaFrom 4/13 (retro to w/ending 4/4)
ArizonaActive week starting 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)
ArkansasActive week starting 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)
CaliforniaActive from April 11 (retro to w/ending 4/4)
ColoradoActive from April 20th
ConnecticutActive from 4/16 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
DelawareFrom April 5th (first to roll out)
District of ColumbiaFrom 4/27 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
FloridaFrom 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
GeorgiaFrom 4/4 and paid 4/26
HawaiiPaid from 4/21 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
IdahoFirst payment: 4/24/20. Available 4/28/20. Retroactive to 3/29
IllinoisActive from 4/6 (retroactive to w/starting 3/29)
IndianaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to 3/29)
IowaFrom 4/16
KansasFrom 4/23 (retroactive to March 29th)
KentuckyFrom 4/4 (retroactive to 3/29)
LouisianaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to March 29th)
MaineFrom 4/16 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
MarylandFrom 4/17 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
MassachusettsPaid from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
MichiganActive from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
MinnesotaFrom 4/5
MississippiPaid from 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
MissouriActive 4/12 (retroactive to 3/29)
MontanaFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
NebraskaFrom 4/17 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
NevadaActive from 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
New HampshireFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
New JerseyActive 4/14 (retroactive to w/starting 3/30)
New MexicoFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
New YorkFrom 4/12 (retroactive to 4/5)
North CarolinaFirst Payments by April 17
North DakotaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
OhioActive from 4/23 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
OklahomaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
OregonFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
PennsylvaniaFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
Puerto RicoFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
Rhode IslandFrom 4/13 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
South CarolinaFrom 4/18
South DakotaFrom 4/10 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
TennesseeFrom week starting 4/13 (retroactive to 3/29)
TexasActive from 4/13 (backdated to 4/8)
UtahActive from 4/9 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
VermontFrom 4/5 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
VirginiaActive from 4/12 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
WashingtonFrom 4/18 (retroactive to 3/29)
West VirginiaFrom 4/20 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)
WisconsinFrom 4/26 (Retroactive to 4/4)
WyomingFrom 4/27 (retroactive to w/ending 4/4)

There is also a chance the entire program could be extended if unemployment rates don’t improve. See this page for additional unemployment resources and state specific UI pages.

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    • Scroll to the bottom of the state unemployment website and you see schedule appt. They will call you back instead of you chasing them.

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  1. I’m in New Jersey and I wasn’t paid for like 4 months of unemployment PUA some weeks certified some not certified because it wouldn’t let me cus of verification issues. It’s October 2021 now and the back payments are still not made. Do you know what’s going on in New Jersey for situations like mine and when they will stop telling me to wait another 8 weeks for a specialist to review.

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    • Definitely in the same boat, I waited my 8 weeks called 40mins ago they told me i would get my back pay this week drew hopefully its mutual

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    • I’m having the exact same problem. Claim hasn’t been paid from 3/6/21 to 6/26/21 and I certified every week. I’ve called and called. I’m on my second escalation and am told I have to wait an additional 8 weeks. I’m in touch with my senators office and they call every week for the past month with no results. I’m at a loss and nearly broke now.
      This past week I did my usual certification on the phone and it said I was claiming for 3/6/21 and 3/13/21. At first I thought, great. Maybe they’re going to start paying me now, that I just needed to certify again. I get the the legal disclaimer part at the end. Press 1. Silence for 15 seconds. Then a message stating they’re having problems with their system and to call back later which I did. Same result. So, not only could I not get those 2 back weeks of pay, I also couldn’t get this weeks either. So now I’m getting nothing.
      One last thing I can try is certifying online on my scheduled time. Maybe that’ll work. If not? Then I’m totally screwed. I have $300 to my name. A $489 car payment due, the last two months of electricity and other bills. And I still can’t find a job but I’ll have to try harder.
      If you get any results could you please reply and I’ll do the same. Best of luck Drew

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  2. What is a phone number I can actually get a human on the phone for Florida Ui? I haven’t seen a dime since February and only got a very few payments since I lost everything and my job last March 2020 when this shit began! I’m absolutely infuriated with this shit I am owed so much money but I can’t seem to speak with a human?!

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  3. I never got a penny and didn’t know about PUA and called up and got my new PUA claim in since NYDOL is still accepting NEW PUA claims for 30 days after September 5th 2021 , they sent me a letter saying I’m eligible and will get $178 a week and that I need to call for back pay , I did the ID ME thing and everything they asked I called for back pay they gave me 39 weeks worth and told me after the ID ME verification goes through after 10-14 days I will receive the money , 3 weeks went by and I called and the lady said I should have had the money by now and she will try and put it thru for me , she the. Says she needs 2 supervisors to do it and to call back some time in October and she hung up . I forgot to ask her what is so important about the month of October? I just don’t get why I have to keep calling I wish it could just go through automatically with out me having to keep calling and then having them tell me to just call back in another week and another….etc….

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    • I’m in MN been waiting since March 2021 to get paid.no1 at regular mn unemployment center can access the pua accounts. It’s federal and they are state there systems are not communicating that is why we are left out i hope someone can help me with pua in MN or someone to talk to about this I live in rural MN and have 5 kids its hard already now its 1000xharder

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    • Same here. I was Unemployed all of 2020. I took care of my Father for 4 years. Rest his Soul. I am an event coordinator, and had no idea I could get PUA. When I did back in May 2020 I couldn’t get a hold of anyone. Then in June or July my account was hacked. I still couldn’t get a hold of IDES/PUA. I had to call the Key Bank and have them put a code on the account so no one could draw funds off of it. The Key Bank had me activate the card so that could be done. My Father was being rushed in and out of the emergency room with chronic and severe UTI’s. He had to take a loan out for me, plus helped me out financially. While he was on a fixed income and still had his bills to pay. Then I lost him to Covid19 Dec 31, 2020. This has all been so hard on me. Finally this year I got ahold of IDES and it took forever. I told them I needed to file for PUA for 2020. They never let me and pushed me through to Dec 2020 – part of August 2021. In the meantime I tried working at DG and I was having sever back and leg pain. I worked for a week and a half. I had to quit. Started another job and was told it was 30-40!hrs a week putting flower arrangements together. My hours got knocked down, and I was having to lift heavy flower pots etc. I couldn’t do any longer after a month. Come to find out I have a very bad herniated bulging disk. Mind you when I started DG i was told at least 30 hrs a week. The day I started I was told that upper management said they could only work me 10 hrs a week. Needles to say Illinois IDES/PUA won’t pay me back pay to 2020. And now they say I have fraud because when I started working at DG. OMG! They knew that and i put it down when I was finally able to start Certifing. What a mess.

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  4. I’ve been filing still haven’t received anything and it’s keeps saying in pay status and then it will say in inelegable status so I don’t know what’s going all I know is I haven’t received not the first red penny nothing but I keep filing . And I’m in Alabama

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    • I’m from Massachusetts and am self employed and have been stonewalled by Massachusetts PUA office in every single step. I was denied after providing an immense amount of evidence supporting my work. I do not know the actual figures and statistics but I know many people who have much less evidence than I did that were approved without being hassled, and I personally have noticed a trend in who gets approved and there personal ethnicity. I have noticed that when a claimant is black or brown, that there is no such thing as self certification and they assume you are not trustworthy enough to do so. Therefore I’ve seen in Massachusetts that they will red flag minorities claims initially then offer up any excuse to deny further attempts to ratify their decision even when exposed to overwhelming evidence to support approval. This needs to be federally investigated.

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    • Scroll to the bottom of the state unemployment website and you see schedule appt. They will call you back instead of you chasing them.

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  5. I’m in Texas & since this whole pandemic began,like everyone I have been trying to get through to anyone who could certify me for my back pay. I still have all the emails and proof of everything I’ve tried to do to get this and the last few months I had basically gave up. Well I got a phone call the other day out of nowhere saying I had been denied back pay and that I could appeal it. I’m already starting to write my appeal and printing out the proof of me trying to get certified over and over with no response. Is there anything I can do to help win this appeal to get back pay or am I just wasting my time? Please help so I can either get approved or give up the thought of getting this because it would save everything in my life. Single parent and didn’t receive any stim checks & filed income tax but that’s also being held up and stuck in processing. Thank you to anyone that could shed light on this for me.

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    • I have been struggling as well trying to dig myself out of the hole the pandemic caused me financially.
      I decided to appeal every decision, submit letters on the UI portal and continue to call/email TWC.
      Received a letter 3 days ago saying that my “claim was valid.” Hope that means that my efforts to request back payments was successful.
      No response from TWC yet, but feel the letter was a good indicator that all of my efforts just may pay off.
      Delays and misinformation seem normal, but don’t stop requesting answers and submitting proof! Also, keep all relevant documentation.

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    • If your taxes are still “processing “, you need to call them because thats usually a sign you are getting audited or have been flagged for identity theft.

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    • Same here.. if you find out anything, let me know how it goes…… I could certainly use any insight on this shitshow…..

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  6. I’m in arkansas I filed on my pua for weeks everything was fine then it popped up not intitle and said I might be able to draw reg unemployment I sent a denial letter to them showing I was not I sent It 3 times they still owe me for the week they said they had to review it I don’t understand why all documents are there nothing changed what should I do and why do they have to review it again I think there just screwing me around

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    • Yes they are screwing me around too I filed my unemployment back in March of last year and send them all my information over and over and over again all year long it’s in judication for the past 3 months what should I do

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  7. My name is Rogelio. I have 11 weeks approved peuc but have not collected the last week. I was requested to certify for claim for another peuc extention (29 wks?) and i certified for claim every week but have not collected any payment. Will I still be able to get a retroactive payments for all claims certification?

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  8. I didn’t get paid for several months due to my claims being in the appeal process. I won my appeal but was not paid the additional $300 per week from January through April 2021. An agent has stated that due to the fact that I wasn’t receiving unemployment benefits while waiting for my appeal, those weeks that the additional $300 per week were due, I do not qualify for now. They did pay me my back pay (with random weeks missing) but did not back date the additional $300 per week. Does this sound accurate? I shouldn’t miss out on that money due to an appeal that was over turned.

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  9. I was just wondering, 5he unemployment agency here in Alabama did make available and allow me to file for certain weeks missed such as the weeks between the $600 and $300 payments where I only received my regular UI and weeks that were missed after my year was up and thee was some time lost there but as I said they did allowe to file those however I j7st received what appears to be my very last payment with UI altogether with no payments for the time missed but was allowed to file. Plz help

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  10. I been waiting on my backpay since March of last year..I live in Georgia..and I’m homeless and nobody will answer the phone at the place.. I need some help with this matter..my name is Johnny Coggins..someone please help me

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  11. I need to apply for my backpay from the time the pandemic started because I have my own Tattoo business and I’ve been unemployed since it started in March 2020 and I didn’t figure out how to apply until October 2020,.. So is there anyway I would be able to apply for that backpay from March until October 2020?..Please someone help me because our benefits are about to stop and I am in dire need because I’m living in a hotel and I am homeless

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    • Yes. You will need to contact your state UI agency (check their website) to enter claims for those periods and certify you were unemployed. They can then process the retro payments. You will need to have someone at the agency do this for you (back end system) and likely will need to provide evidence of unemployment etc.

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  12. Ok guys Hello my name is sonja. Back in 07/2020 i applied for unemployment I own my own small business. I called everyday they just kept saying wait for an email. finally in 03/2021 i got an email ” what a joke 9 months later” I was told to reapply so on 03/28/2021 i reapplied. i was approved for PUA but no UI because florida said i was only approved for federal not state funding. I have asked multiple times about getting it back dated to my original date and keep getting i have to wait. It has been a month now since i started getting my benefits anyone know how long it takes for florida PUA to back date?

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  13. I read all the information above and im still confused I am trying to find out how I can get my backpay for unemployment in Oklahoma from 4-20 to November 2020 I had spoke with someone and was given a reference number told that if they had any further questions they would contact me otherwise it should start showing up in January and it has not. Is Oklahoma still doing backpay it wasn’t in the blue like the others any help would be greatly appreciated Thank you

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  14. I contacted my congressman and an associate contacted me quickly and helped me immediately. So if all else fails, try that. It worked for me. I got my back pay from February of 2020 until now.

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    • Hi could you please tell me more details about how you contacted your congressman? I live in Virginia and I’m looking to receive back pay all the way from August 2020? Thank you!

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    • Who do I contact for my pandemic back pay from December 5th2020 I’ve been approved already but never received it yet

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      • I filled my clam January 24 and I worked for the last 6 months and my case is pending haven’t gone nothing. So I finally found a job. Will I still get my y back pay or what?

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      • Hi Richard. I’m in the exact same boat. Did you have any success? If so, please let me know. I have not received a penny of backpay. Just 2 weekly payments for current PUA of $478. Thanks, Randy

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    • I thought they had limits on backdating if a new filers can and the earliest you can backdate is to Dec 6th even if you were unemployed before that date? How did you do that? Help would be appreciated

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      • Depends on state and program. You can only back date to the start of the most recent extension. But if you can prove you were unemployed under prior stimulus bills (e.g. CARES act) some states can manually process back benefits for you. You will need to contact your local state UI to discuss options. But be prepared to wait several weeks/months.

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  15. I reviewed an email from NJDOL stating that after dec 27th that I would begin to receive my payments after Jan 11 and still nothing and can’t get anyone on the phone to ask about this but the email stated I would be able to collect unpaid $600 FPUC from March-July that was held back due to my claim being appealed by my last employer and I owed back money which I now paid and I started a new claim in dec and when I claim PUA comes up twice in the question about collecting pension has anyone else had this happen ? I’m confused some say it’s not going to happen some say they received the unpaid amount in full out of the blue direct deposit and some say they had to call a politician to pull a favor to get it which make perfect sense hah well anyone have a clue ?

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  16. I have missed filing my weekly claims for several weeks and would appreciate very much if I could receive my benefits for the weeks I did not file ….thank you

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  17. I just want to know; if it ran out on the 26th of December. But we are getting that week (even though it’s a delay.) mine says I have no more weeks to file so should I reapply? I already did I hope it doesn’t mess it up .

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      • See this article where I have this covered – https://savingtoinvest.com/do-i-need-to-take-any-action-to-get-extended-unemployment-benefit-weeks-under-pua-peuc-eb-or-300-fpuc/

        Short answer you will have to reactivate your claim or if you state does not support that, you will need to reapply. The challenge in several states is that they are still updating their systems to process new or reactivated claims (from those who have exhausted benefits). There are some new requirements (e.g around PUA vs PEUC) and documentation needed for PUA applicants. So until this is done you won’t be able to file the new 11 week extensions.

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        • My claim was messed up it finally got reopened I certified month of November an December an my claim was in review I certified every week did was I was supposed to will I get retroactive payments for my weeks I certified for on my dash all it say is in progress an under pay type it say exhausted benefits can you tell me what that mean an tell me if I will get paid for my weeks I’m due

        • I was receiving pua payment and my account was locked for id me I verified my identity and claim all my weeks I haven’t receive a payment since November of 2020 what should I do

  18. Here in florida. Self employed claim ended dec 26th now shows as ineligible because it says regular unemployment compensation from the state that I dont get. I was getting the PUA. Now that it has been started again do I have to go in and reapply or will they update it and just put me back in the program
    ?

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    • I just read and also talked to reps daily. keep watching for your link on the left to pop up as told …suppose to start back 1/2/2021.. Help this helps

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    • Jeff, I am in florida just spoke to a rep who told me to keep checking the website because mine also says uneligable so it will come available for you to reapply she said we didn’t have do anything just continue to file the weeks when you are told.and everything shouod be fine. Hope this helps. JK

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    • I am on the same boat as yours. I am in Florida and under PUA and I claimed all 39 weeks and ended on Dec 26th with zero balance. As of Monday January, 4th, 2021, My platform in DEO website still shows under ” Regular UC ” with ” Ineligible ” status. I No longer see PUA platform. On the left side, I see ” Apply for Reemployment Assistance Benefits ” and I am Not sure if I should click on that to extend my PUA. Does anybody who is in PUA, know what to do to get the 11 weeks of extension?
      Thanks.

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      • Ive been on Pua in fl and did nothing in December because i had a balance and automatically started recieving the $300 extra with my $125 like i was supposed too. Again though,i had a balance due to the fact that they never approved my pu a last year until the end of September I did not receive anything. I still have not received anything for that time. And I did have an application it was down in May but they said that for Pua it’s retroactive automatically back for payments, that I still have not received one dime of. Feast or famine down here in Florida. We went a long time with no income, it seemed like eternity, so the 125 a week was a blessing but this 300 for the first time I’ve received a little extra has really felt more normal then anytime since this is started for us. Good luck everyone, and for everyone else remember to support us small businesses!

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  19. I didnt no I could apply for UI my job never told us so doing research I kept calling them for months I couldnt get threw then I went online filed on 8/2 got approved then I contacted Delaware DOL to file for back pay from my last day worked 3/17 and they denied me, Im filing for appeal and contacting legal aide,

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  20. I also live in Florida and had originally applied for unemployment in March. I didn’t get paid until may…long story how I got lucky to have that finally happen. Then as I’ve read many have also experienced, I asked to have my claim backdated…so I could receive the payments I was owed from when I originally applied. My account was also put on hold and suspended the first week of august and I believe and am praying…I am finally going to get this resolved!!! I had to keep calling and calling, sending emails, etc and be relentless basically…but I think from a conversation I had today with someone at unemployment…they will be finally paying me again!!! It is absolutely ridiculous!! I understand they are overwhelmed, but 4 months??? I applied for food stamps and I know they are just if not more overwhelmed with applications and I received them literally immediately…2-3 days later. So, there is no excuse for what has been going on and the stress, anxiety and horrific financial situations, etc this has put people through is sickening!!! So to the first commenter I saw in Florida…you are absolutely not alone and just stay on them and call, email and be relentless, because I swear they want you to just give up and it’s a sick game to them!!!

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    • I had a similar situation, I was accepted and then my payments stopped solely because I was using a Chime card. Apparently everyone in Ohio that had Chime was stopped because they said they were experiencing so much fraud through Chime. I was pissed because I wasn’t doing anything wrong . After 5 mos.. I finally got my payments back. Yet still no word on my retroactive back pay which was filed for back in July. Not a single word from them. Calling is getting me nowhere. So now I have researched grievance/complaint policies/procedures. The Reps. I talked to couldn’t answer me when I asked them, that was mind boggling considering that is our right. So anyway it looks like the bureau of civil rights is the head outside of them. And the job and family services has a complaint process also. I’m about to contact EVERYBODY. I have a list of every email, fax and address I have and I wrote a letter/complaint that I will get copies of and send to all of them. I’M SO DONE WITH THIS NIGHTMARE!! In the meanwhile bills are piling up and kids still need taken care of. And now we can’t even file our weekly claims. I am furious but I hope this helps u. I did vent too, sorry!! We all need to put in complaints

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      • Yes we do ! And you can also contact legalaid services to help you .at least that’s the name of it in Texas.

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    • also in florida, and had to re apply back in september. I still havent gotten paid. On the phone with them everyday and they just keep telling me to be patient. trying to scrape up enough to pay my phone bill today so I can keep calling them. This sucks!

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  21. I have been claiming weekly benefits on PUA every 2 weeks with NO problem. But the latest 2 weeks of claim which is last 2 weeks of November, my weekly benefit status shows HOLD instead of PAYABLE / DIRECT DEPOSIT. I answered same answers with same questions when I claim the 2 weeks as I have been doing. Anybody have same problem? I am in Florida.

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    • Yes this happened to me when they auto backdated me my claim status also changed later to suspended and monetary pending since aug i have had my claimed since aug payments as well as my may back to narch i claimed on hold its insane. Hope you have better experience but I dont know what to do. Im told its due to them reviewing info but since august?

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      • Hi, Charity. Same here. This HOLD thing happened right after they finally backdated to March. But, I just checked my account in DEO and just found out that they just changed the status from HOLD to PAYABLE. So, hopefully they change yours very soon. And yes, its crazy that yours has been hold since August! That’s too long!

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        • Well there ia hope. Dod your status change and monwtary change also? Are you self employed prior ? And how long was you waiting for the chage. I read that they were paying the 125 and it should have went off our peior year returns and so that may be holding me up idk its so hard cauze2 my 14 yr old got nothing for his bday and lights are getting shut off.

      • Hi, Charity.
        Yes, I am on PUA in Florida. My weekly claims for last 2 weeks of November was on hold for about 10 days. And yes, after about 10 days later, the status changed from HOLD to PAYABLE as well as monetary.
        I am not quite understanding by ” they were paying the 125 and it should have went off our peior year returns” though…

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        • Thanks ginger. What i meant about the 125 is thwy are auppiaed to pay us same as regular unemployment meabing calculation of wages but everyone who was self employed even if we turned in our last 10 years tax returns they still paid base minimum 125 ao i am okay with that ill take anything because I am at a point of no return startibg anotger business which was my plan as my credit is gone my car has been sold to try to keep deby from occuring and my mom passed so it was more than juat loaing my job and unemploymens issue but either way I feel like my worlds been tir ed upside down. Can i ask you when they submitted last payment you said august but did it come in aug basicallly you last week claimed paid and that date it was paid befor november mid i believe you got all your hold your payments set to paid. Im hoping itll give me hope on time line my 14 yr old got nothing for his bday and my babies are getting something for christmas but not much in just hoping something soon. Thianis insane. T for amy help truly. Good luck god bless all yall hang in there it can always bw worst.

        • Hi, Charity. First of all, I didn’t know that all self-employed ( which is PUA ) people in Florida are getting paid $125 weekly benefit for unemployment which is a minimum weekly amount NO MATTER how much you make! I was wondering why my weekly benefit was determined minimum but I guess I am Not the only one.

          And as far as payment, yes everything is up to date in my DEO account as of today.

          I hope they will clear your account very soon and pay you everything that you are supposed to get paid. And I am so sorry for everything has been happening in your life right now. I pray that things will get better very soon. God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. Stay strong, Charity!

        • Thank you. Means a lot. I thibk its insane and I know we would owe them if we werent acccountable. So why are they not beinng held Jon same standards. But really t for caring amd congrats. Gives me some hope. They owe me about 8k would be nice for even a quarter of it.

      • See..this is what I was told too..finally. I’m in North Carolina. I kept calling to find out what was up with my claim..& I was able to get through sometimes. At one point one representative told me that she wasn’t going to run it through because every time they did..it went up for review which caused more delay. I finally got my link for certifying my back pay..finished it immediately then nothing. Then because I’m guessing it was getting so close to deadlines or whatever..they finally told me my claim was cancelled. Sol on 4 months of retroactive back pay.

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  22. I am approved for back pay but my online account says Ive been payed 10,800.00 but I have not received that money. Where could it be?? Any suggestions?

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  23. I filed PUA on 7/23 and have received weekly payment of $158. I’ve received LWA and one week of $600, which was the week of 7/25. I’ve called hundreds of times and I’ve talked to many agents and all of them gave me different answers as to why and when they couldn’t back date weeks. I Know it can be done. My neighbor who filed a week before had the same problem and the was lucky enough to have talk to the right person who fixed his time line, he was paid days later. UIPL 16-20 states that I can until July 31 end date. Also, a relative who is a VEC employee, in May when I asked her about the PUA program she told me I needed a 1099, which was false, so I didn’t file. It wasn’t until July before I learned different. This could possibly could be discrimination due to a political argument we had last year. I’ve asked her to help me by contacting someone to fix my timeline, she says doesn’t know anyone. All the reps I talk to just tell me to appeal for past weeks to certify. If it is tied up beyond th 12-26 end date, Do they still have to pay me? anyone to contact that could help to fix my timeline, contacts, links, emails, numbers, etc. Im at my wits end

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    • I having the same issues. I even spoke with a supervisor to have my benefit date adjusted. Since it was an issue with their system. Which the online rules/guidelines clearly say that is what they are required to do. The supervisor then said it couldn’t be back dated because I didn’t claim these weeks. Yeah, they’re a supervisor that doesn’t understand why I can’t claim weeks that are impossible to & I’m having this much difficulties find a job. I should’ve asked if I could called back yesterday and speak with her. Maybe that might’ve helped a neuron fire. I’m considering contact my lawyer. They will take a percentage, but they won’t be able to make up rules with an attorney. I’d research & see what advice anyone might have. But look for a decent lawyer with areasonable percentage. Just as a backup incase you run out of options. Good luck!

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      • I called NY for PUA as a new claim and had to call for back pay , they told me I’d get 39 weeks , and I’d see the money in 1-2 weeks , it’s been 3 weeks and every time I call they say they need 2 supervisors to put it thru because of the amount of weeks(39) , one lady tried putting half of it thru for me but I was then told sorry she can’t and to call back in another week , I’m just afraid it will be the same answer next week…..

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  24. I need someones help. I applied for unemployment and have been unemployed since March. I received the regular unemployment benefits but no backdated payments of any amount. Was I supposed to received backdated payments of 600$ each week? Or was I ineligible? I have called and she said that the unemployment office and the lady is no help , and just says that I will not get it. That It ended on July 31st which I am aware, but I didn’t get any back dated payments at all….this confuses me.

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    • Hey Leslie, go to the unemployment website and request a call back, if available. I had to wait 2.5 months for my call back (they schedule it so you know when it will come) but they approved 6 weeks of back pay for me between March and April. It should come in a lump sum and includes the state benefits and the +$600/week from federal Pandemic benefits. I’m reading that it takes a week or two after that to get your payment. I haven’t gotten mine yet but I was just able to have my call last week so I’m being patient. I had trouble getting through too and heard a bunch of conflicting information before I got someone who could help me. Hope this helps you! Good luck!

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  25. Hi, I have made a request to backdate my claim 3 months ago and I am still waiting. Every time I called the DEO in Florida they just tell me that I have to wait, that all PUA claims will be automatically retroactive to the date you were first unemployed. I would really appreciate if someone knows another way to have your benefits backdated.

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  26. I need opinion. I am on PUA in Florida. They finally modified my effective date from July to March as I requested 3 month ago. However, They modified to March 1st even though I told them that my last day of work is March 12th. I was Not going to claim the 1st week and 2nd week of March. But I can’t skip those oldest 2 weeks. I have to start claiming from oldest week in order to claim all backdated weeks. What should I do?

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  27. I am 1099 independent contractor / self-employed from TN. Filed for PUA on 7/14/20 and backdated to 3/14/20. Self-employed people may have a bad month every so often so I always kept some savings for a rainy day. Instead of filing for PUA benefits right away I waited (yes, I am kicking myself now). Used all my savings and racked up almost $15,000 worth of credit card debt before I applied. This is the reason I backdated the claim to March. 2 weeks ago I received 1 payment for that week and have received 1 payment for this week. I received an approval letter yesterday with effective date of 3/8 then today received a call saying I’m only getting benefits back to 7/14 when I actually filed. I am very well aware that if you filed before the end of July you should receive any retroactive backpay for PUA but this did not happen for me. I suppose it is my fault for waiting but I am certain them not honoring the PUA backpay is not legit.

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    • You have to call ui and change your date with an actual person, I did this In July, and called every three weeks and it was just changed in November, they are slow at getting it done but it is possible.

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      • I have a question I ve done the same thing I also waited & to apply but also when I did applied it took me so months to filing Only because there was a claim that was still open prior but disqualified (2019) to that but long story short I now recently was able to applied a new claim after emails & emails I sent. I already Certified twice & have not received not one payment so my question is.. Does that mean Im not gonna get back pay

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      • So what should I do,I’m 600.00 from me and my 2boys 5&6 being homeless and I’ve 2 have exhausted my savings, please help me

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  28. Can you tell me if I will received the $600 FPUA as well as the $300 LWA as retroactive if I filed for unemployment at the end of September. I became unemployed in March but I only work part-time. I tried reaching out to NYDOL but no luck. I already received my eligibility letter and received 2 weeks of pay. I thought it was going to be retroactive and be pay in one full lump sum from March till September.

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    • Yes, if you qualify for both programs you should be eligible for back pay retroactive lump sum payments. The one exception is the $300 LWA program where many states have run out of funding, which means new claims (and retroactive payments) are not being processed.

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  29. I was kinda upset when I called to see what I needed to do for my retro PUA and was told I could receive it because I was approved for PUA on July 29th. That even thought the program didn’t end for another week that you had to be approved for PUA before July 19th. At that point I had just received my UI denial and had put my app in for PUA but that didn’t matter because I was “approved”. I was a little blown away that the program hadn’t even ended yet and they told me I couldn’t receive my back pay. I guess that’s just how Virginia rolls.

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  30. Hey I’ve been trying for some time now to get my backdated payments I actually had to contact the head DOL office and get them to contact the State on my behalf finally two to three weeks after that my state agency contacted me while I was on the phone lady told me that my claim has been backdated already for me to check on my hire account to see about payments later that night it’s so seven payments saying in progress by the date on when I will receive payment but it does not show the $600 only the 107 I receive weekly although I am grateful and happy for anyting I thought the $600 payments was supposed to go back my last day of work was March 13th from what I read the backdated payments should go back to March 29th so I guess what I’m trying to see is am I supposed to be getting the $600 back to that date or what’s going on with that if somebody can answer this question for me I would be greatly appreciated I need to know rather I need to contact them and let them know there has been a mistake because it’s only showing 107 or if the extra 600 will just be added even though it don’t show it thank you for your help time and consideration on reading this and for anyone that responds have a good day God bless all of y’all hope you all get your own stuff situated…. PS I am not always on here so if couldn’t email me the answer would greatly appreciate that as well thank you

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    • I got to someone finally started at 1030 am around 1pm talked to a guy told him the problem about I applied March 31 and got turned down by UI and he said he needed to transfer me to someone else guess what that was Direct Express for SSI and Disability sohe was sorry I had waited an hour on him and tried to put me back in touch with the representative but they hung up. It was around 4 then. And yet still nothing but regular unemployment. Waiting around on that back pay and now the 300 hundred that has yet to start in August pushed until Oct 15 and still just regular pay amount. I hope we can get help or solution with these post. If anyone can I live in Virginia. Any advice. And to even get this check I reapplied in August got approved for pa August 16 1st check was 3 weeks later and just total for regular 3 weeks unemployment. I need help.

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    • A way for u to know is based on how many certifications did you do? If you did over 30 certifications, then you should definitely be receiving the back pay…its probably just taking some time! And it doesn’t show your email on here.

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      • I just got a call from FL surprisingly. I had filed my 2 weeks this morning as I got approved on the Federal one in Oct after my FL $ ran out. I have been asking about my back pay since Summer as I got approved April 26, but had been calling in since Pandemic started. Took them that long to approve me. So, they told me today they added 5 weeks from 3-22-28 till ending April 19 week, 5 weeks of back pay hating at a perfect time w/Holidays here. So, I also filed my 2 weeks that were due today. MY QUESTION. I would have Seven regular $275 payments coming then tomorrow as I claimed all 7 weeks (Fl only pays $276 believe it or not) and I am not sure if I get 4 or 5 $600 back pay checks. The 1st back pay week they approved was week ending Mar 28. Someone told me (Fl ends Saturdays) that the 1st check was either week ending Sunday 29th or the week of the 29th.

        Does anyone know? From what I understand, it takes 2-3 days to get the $600 money retro in 1 shot and FL $ will go in next day Dir Dep like normal. I DONT KNOW IF I AM GETTIN 4 or 5 Back pay 600 checks. I think week ending March 28 MIGHT NOT BE A 600 WEEK, meaning I will get 4. So, keep on top of them, I have called them in Oct, Nov, and Dec to let them know I never got back pay, and finally this morning they called me to login & that I have 5 extra weeks ready to claim. FYI. Praying its full 5 weeks for 600 but I have a feeling its 4 weeks. Thanks

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  31. One of the most common questions on this thread is about back pay of FPUC ( 600$ ). YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FPUC ( 600$ ) BACK PAY IF YOU WERE NOT ELIGABLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING THE WEEKS BEGINNING 4/15 ( some states are a few days different ) AND THE LAST WEEK OF JULY! If you were eligable between August 1st and after, depending on your State, you should be eligable for the 300$ extra. Most states were only able to pay that amount for about 3 or 4 weeks before their money ran out. PLEASE do not listen to wrong information. Some of these people on this thread are being told they will get the 600$, and they will not. A girl was just told she would get back pay for 600$ a week since March, when SHE JUST GOT ACCEPTED LAST WEEK AND HER “START DATE” WAS LAST WEEK!! No, she will not, and now she is probably heart broken. Each State has different unemployment regulations.

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    • Hi Kristins, If I just filed for PUA but I was unemployed since March…I will not received the $600 FPUC as retroactive?

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      • If your last day of work was in march, u need to have the edd backdate your claim, and then u will receive the extra $600 per week

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        • So I finally got through to someone and I got paid my last 3 payments back payments for my PEUC on Friday, Will I still receive my extra 600 FPUC backdate payment for those weeks also??

    • Okay I’m in NC . Filed for pua in September. 9th and was denied because I entered the last day worked as 3/3/20 instead of 4/4/20 . So I appealed and won my appeal on 11/20/20 and in the appeal it said that it would go from dates 3/15/20 to Dec 26th . I got my card and payment but all that was on the card was for the dates 9/9/20 til 11/20/20. So my question is will the backdated money go in the card or come in a check and when and should I have to do anything else in order to get everything in motion

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    • So I’ve called n called n I filed this September for my back pay from beginning of March to end of August an everytime I call they say I just have to wait anc n hear it is end of February an still I haven’t heard nothing at all. So I c ppl saying in the info it should tell u what r they talking about? I didnt know u can go in an c all ur info or if u got approved for back pay or not. Nppl r saying from August an on u should get another additional 300 to? An I read that all ur back pay should an will co.e all in 1 lump sum to either ur bank account or a card they send u. So how to I look an sign in to c if theres anything telling me when l get my back pay?

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  32. I been out of work since march 25th due to covid and just got a call back in Aug do I get my backpay Illinois unemployment

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  33. NJ here as well. I am curious to all this as well. I didn’t even know I could file until last week. I was approved for unemployment and tomorrow will be first day i have to check in. I still didn’t get a card yet. Will that come anytime soon or should I call the bank and let them know I haven’t gotten one? How are all my payments going to come as well? Will they give me a lump some of money from UI or the 600? I know the 300 is suppose to come all at once but when does any of this happen? how will they catch me up on the back pay for UI or will they just prolong these payments for months just getting my 230 weekly?I never even got email or anything about the 600 but i know we are all entitled to it if we were accepted for unemployment but I never heard anything.Am I suppose to hear about it or just wait and see?And again how will they be paying me that? All at once? Weekly? Please someone help me figure this out. It’s been on my mind nonstop. I’ve been struggling for months out here. Thanks

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    • It should be all at once..and it woukd go onto your debit card if thats how u chose to be oaid. Just check and make sure that your state does retroactive pay…I believe most states do! And you can tell by how many certifications you did when u filed would claim. I did 39 all at once! If u did alot like that u should be getting the back pay!

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  34. Okay so i had requested for a backdate to march 18th, and when someone picked up they told me i was eligible at first.
    They called back shortly saying they denied it due to the fact that i gave a bad reason for them to back date it.
    So they told me to make an appeal.
    What should i tell them?
    Or whats a good reason to back date it?

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    • In Virginia. I am a 1099 employee and I missed the deadline (july 31) by only a few days to receive the $600 FPUC retroactively even though I qualified for it. Like many, I had no idea that 1099 employees would qualify as this has never been policy and in Virginia we weren’t informed of this temporary policy change. Sadly, Virginia is denying my claim for retroactive benefits under the guise of, “you snooze, you lose”. I filed an appeal arguing that many 1099 independent contractors were never made aware of the unexpected change in policy (that now 1099 would also qualify for benefits and FPUC) and that denying 1099 employees specifically who missed the deadline because they were never informed of this major policy shift is in fact discriminatory. Not expecting much out of it knowing Virginia, but I am trying.

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        • You can make reference to unemployment insurance program letter No. 16-20 from Assistant Secretary John Pallasch. It very clearly answers this question and says you don’t need to demonstrate good cause per the CARES act. So they are breaking the law if they say otherwise.

    • Tell them that per the U.S.department of labor claimants do not have to show good cause to backdate PUA claims. So you don’t have to have a good reason, any reason is good enough.

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    • What did you tell them was your reason to backdate it? Why did u not back date it in the first place? It asks u when the last day u worked was. Thats when ur claim starts paying u. If it was a typo tell them it was a typo? Or u can tell them u didn’t know u could apply just for the pandemic benefits….even if u didn’t qualify for regular unemployment….u have been out of work all this time struggling…not knowing u could have had some assistance. Alot of people did not know they could receive just the pandemic benefit.

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  35. I have no clue what to do since this is my first time claiming unemployments as well as being notified that I could apply but very late. I was approved for both PUA and the extra $600. Email says I’ll get the $600 payment separately with each week that I certify by September 23rd. Im not sure whether I need to reach out to unemployment through email or not because no-one it picking up when I call :(. Any suggestions?

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  36. hi im still trying to get my backpay from regular unemployment and get the $600 aswell i live in nj but i applied late because i could never get through. (august late, but my email said i was approved anyways for both.) anyways can someone help me out and give me the number so i can call to get these handled please.

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