This expiration precedes 13 weeks of additional unemployment insurance under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that is scheduled to end on or before
Those at Risk
For individuals collecting state unemployment insurance benefits, the benefit amount will decrease. However, they will be entitled to the normal benefits as calculated under state law if they continue to be eligible under state requirements.
Individuals who are covered under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and are therefore not eligible for state unemployment benefits or extended benefits, face a greater impact if the
Most states provide up to 26 weeks of benefits to unemployed workers. However, the CARES Act authorized the PEUC program to provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for states that enroll in the program, which means eligible individuals may receive unemployment benefits up to a maximum of 39 weeks. This program is scheduled to end on or before
There is an additional 13 weeks of state benefits that eligible individuals may receive. These extended benefits are payable only after an individual has exhausted regular benefits and the 13 weeks of PEUC benefits.
Eligibility Requirements for Benefits during COVID-19
All states require an individual to be available to work and actively looking for work in order to be eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. "Available to work" is often interpreted as being ready, willing and able to work. An individual may be considered unavailable to work under the following circumstances:
- If the person has substantial restrictions upon the kind or conditions of otherwise suitable work that the individual can or will accept;
- If the person refuses a referral to suitable work made by the employment; or
- If the person refuses an offer of suitable work made by an employer.
To be eligible for the extended benefits under the PEUC, there is also a requirement that individuals seeking the extended benefits must be able to work, available to work and actively seeking work. The CARES Act specifically required states to provide flexibility in meeting the actively seeking work portion of the requirements in the case of individuals who are unable to search for work due to COVID-19 (including due to illness, quarantine or movement restrictions).
Each state has its own unemployment rules. The following list includes information about COVID-19 that has been added to each state's unemployment agency's website.
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