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Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) FAQs

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides for a temporary emergency increase in unemployment compensation (UC) benefits, referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.

This program provides an eligible individual with $600 per week on top of the weekly benefit amount he or she receives from certain other UC programs.  An individual must first be eligible for UC or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits to qualify for the additional $600 per week in benefits.

Individuals don't need to do anything extra to receive the $600. Continue to file biweekly claims – benefits will be automatically updated.  

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​When do I start getting the extra $600 a week?

​I already filed a bi-weekly claim for past weeks, do I still get the extra $600?  When will I receive it?

​It says I get an extra $600 a week, but I file a bi-weekly claim and receive benefits for two weeks at a time.  How will that work?

​I'm not usually eligible for UC but am now eligible because of expansions to UC.  Do I get the extra $600 a week?

​Will the extra $600 a week affect my eligibility for public assistance programs?

​How long will the extra $600 a week be available?

​My job reduced my hours and I am collecting UC or will be filing for UC.  Am I eligible for the extra $600 a week?

​My employer offered me my job back, but I would make more staying on Unemployment.  Can I do this?

​Do I have to pay taxes on the extra $600?