Regardless of when UI claims started and how many weeks of enhanced PUA or PEUC benefits are available (up to the 75 week maximum), ALL enhanced unemployment benefit program claims are currently set to expire September 4, 2021. The supplementary $300 FPUC weekly payment and $100 MEUC program payments will also end for all claimants.
After this date any unused claim balances/weeks or new claims won’t be processed unless states expand funding for these programs using emergency COVID stimulus funds and/or move claimants to extended state benefits.
Some states like New Jersey have already announced that eligible claimants who have not collected all their state extended benefits (EB) will transition to the state’s EB program once the PEUC program expires. This will provide up to 13 weeks of extra unemployment.
Unfortunately, unless states expand benefit programs coverage, PUA claimants will not qualify for state extended unemployment benefits.
I’ll post updates as the end dates for enhanced benefit programs approaches and states take action to support jobless claimants. You can follow this site for updates via the options below.
[2020 CAA Bill Extension] Prior to the passing of the new stimulus bill with enhanced unemployment benefit funding, the answer was Yes. But now that the bill has passed, both PUA and PEUC programs have been extended by 11 weeks for a maximum of 50 weeks. This does not include any state extended benefits being provided in some states. The new funding extension means those who had remaining claim balances will get to keep them and get the 11 week extension after December 26th 2020. Those who had exhausted claim balances earlier in the year will get the additional weeks retroactively to when their balance ran out. See more on how these retroactive payments would work in this article.
Note that the new funding extension is only till March 14th 2021, so if you have weeks left after this point then unless there is another stimulus bill for more pandemic unemployment funding you would then lose any unclaimed weeks.
[November 2020 update] Unfortunately yes. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program’s federal funding (under CARES act) have a hard stop once individuals meet their maximum number of weeks or by the week ending Dec. 26.
So even if eligible recipients have a balance or weeks of benefits left at the year end expiry date, and millions of unemployed workers will be in this boat, they won’t be getting these payments in 2021 unless Congress extends unemployment benefits via a new COVID stimulus package.
The largest share of affected workers with expiry of these federal programs are in California, Texas and New York, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania
Extended state benefits may however be available to some unemployed workers in states where unemployment rates are higher than pre-specified thresholds (see below for further details). See more details here.
2020 to 2021 Retroactive Unemployment Benefits
The year end expiry of PUA and PEUC benefits will also likely mean that payment of any retroactive supplementary benefits under the $600 FPUC and $300 LWA programs will also be unavailable for new claimants who may have been eligible for these programs when there in effect. The payment of further supplementary unemployment benefits will again be dependent on Congress passing a new stimulus bill that includes additional unemployment insurance funding.