PUA and PEUC Extensions

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This legislation extends and alters a number of pandemic-related federal benefits programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The act will also provide eligible claimants with an additional $300 weekly benefit for 11 weeks under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.

Because of the extensions provided by this act, as well as changes to program requirements, CDLE will have to reprogram its unemployment benefit systems to administer the programs and comply with U.S. Department of Labor rules. This reprogramming effort is underway and we will contact affected claimants directly with more information. 
 

FAQs
How long will PUA and PEUC be extended?

This legislation provides up to additional 11 weeks of eligibility to those receiving benefits under both the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs.

With these extensions, PUA benefits can now be paid for a maximum of 50 weeks, while PEUC benefits can now be paid for a maximum of 24 weeks.

When will the PUA and PEUC programs expire?

Under this legislation, both the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs now expire on March 13, 2021. No new applications may be accepted under either program after that date.

Who is eligible for the $300 weekly FPUC payments?

In order to receive the $300 weekly payments under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, claimants must be receiving unemployment benefits under a separate program, including but not limited to regular state unemployment benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).

Once implemented, FPUC benefits will be paid to eligible claimants for the weeks beginning December 27, 2020 and ending March 13, 2021.