Per the American Rescue Plan Act, federal pandemic benefit programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) expired on Monday, September 6, 2021.
By law, we cannot pay partial weeks, so the final week that benefits will be paid for these federal programs in Colorado is the week ending Saturday, September 4, 2021.
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) requires CDLE to continue to accept new PUA applications for 30 days after the program expires. We will backdate these new claims to the first eligible week during the Pandemic Assistance Period in accordance with all eligibility requirements. Payments on PUA claims filed during this 30 day period will be held until the claim is manually reviewed to confirm eligibility.
Claimants who have an available balance on their regular state unemployment claim and meet Double Dip requirements (meaning they have earned at least $2,000 in new wages since the file date of their original state unemployment claim) will move back to their state unemployment claim after the federal PEUC program ends. If a claimant has an available balance on their state unemployment claim after their PEUC benefits expire and does NOT meet Double Dip requirements (they did not earn at least $2,000 in new wages), then they are not eligible to move back to their state unemployment benefits, and all benefits will expire with the end of PEUC. Claimants who do not meet Double Dip will be issued an appealable decision.
The duration of these federal benefit programs was determined by Congress, and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) set the expiration date of September 6, 2021. ARPA provides the funding to pay out these benefits, so even if a claimant has an available balance and/or weeks, the federal funds to pay those benefits are no longer available after that date. By law, we cannot pay partial weeks, so the final week that benefits will be paid for these federal programs is the week ending Saturday, September 4, 2021.
If an eligible claimant is owed benefits for these federal programs for weeks prior to September 4, 2021, those weeks may still be paid after September 4, 2021 upon determination of eligibility or any other pending investigations.
Yes. Claimants on regular state unemployment claims will still receive their standard weekly benefits, minus the $300 weekly FPUC supplement, which cannot be paid for any weeks after the week ending September 4, 2021.