Whether you are looking for a short-term or long-term unemployment extension, there are many options available to you. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is one option that you may be interested in. Another option is the Temporary Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program.
Temporary Unemployment Compensation (TEUC)
TEUC is a program designed to provide additional benefits for individuals who have exhausted their regular benefits. These additional benefits last for 13 weeks. They are funded by state and federal governments. In addition, the federal government provides emergency unemployment benefits for individuals who lose their job due to a natural disaster or another catastrophe.
TEUC is administered through voluntary agreements between the Department of Labor and states. The programs are authorized under Section 4002 of Public Law 108-11 and under 20 CFR Part 615. In order to qualify for TEUC, an individual must have worked in the area where the qualifying base period employment took place, and the base period employment must have been in the location where the qualifying reason took place.
TEUC benefits are available for workers who have been separated from their jobs or have been displaced from their airports. The TEUC-A program provides benefits that are equal to 150 percent of a regular UI weekly benefit.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (P.E.U.C.)
During the coronavirus pandemic, the government implemented emergency measures such as fiscal stimulus, financial assistance, and employment benefits. In response, Congress created the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. It provides additional weeks of unemployment benefits to workers who are exhausted on their regular state unemployment benefits.
PEUC may be available in your state until the end of 2020. This benefit is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Among the eligibility criteria for PEUC are individuals with limited work history, self-employed individuals, and employees of non-profits. If you are receiving PEUC benefits, you must report the wages you have earned and the hours you have worked.
If you have previously been denied benefits, you will need to follow the instructions to re-apply. In addition, you may be asked to provide additional documents such as tax returns. You may also be required to contact the UI agency.
Depending on your situation, you could receive three to six weeks of unemployment benefits through the LWA program. The amount you receive will be equal to the regular unemployment benefit amount. However, you will not receive any LWA benefits if you have a benefit of less than $100 a week.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
During the pandemic, the federal government provided a $300 supplement to unemployed workers. It was intended as a temporary measure. The supplement is now gone and has no impact on the ongoing benefits for unemployed Americans.
However, a limited pool of FEMA funds is available to provide an extra $300 to some unemployed workers. This is called the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. It is intended to be a supplement to regular state UI benefits. Unlike the FPUC, the PEUC does not have a set duration. It may extend as long as 52 weeks in some states.
In order to qualify for the PEUC program, an individual must be able to work. The amount of income an employee can receive depends on their earnings. For example, if an employee earns $600 per week, he or she could receive 3 to 6 weeks of LWA benefits.
The FPUC and PEUC programs are two of the many new programs created during the pandemic. The federal government also provided additional unemployment benefit payments for employees who were self-employed or freelancers.
Almost 3.5 million unemployed Americans are without a lifeline. Their federal and state unemployment benefits are set to expire soon. It’s time for Congress to act to extend these benefits. The failure to do so will slow economic recovery and burden a fragile economy.
The number of long-term unemployed workers has been climbing steadily for several months. Nearly 3 million workers are out of work for at least six months. This is much more than during the worst years of the recession.
Many states offer up to 26 weeks of regular state unemployment insurance. In addition, Extended Benefits is available for workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits. This federally funded program can provide up to seven additional weeks of benefits. However, not everyone qualifies for Extended Benefits. The duration of benefits is based on the unemployment rate in the state where the benefits are being paid.
Some states have enacted voluntary programs that allow for up to seven extra weeks of Extended Benefits during extremely high unemployment. The maximum duration of the Extended Benefits program is 20 weeks.