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Employer UC & COVID-19 FAQs

As of April 15, 2021


If you have offered work to employees and your employee refuses to return to work, please complete Form UC-1921W, Refusal of Suitable Work.

American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. This Act amends certain provisions of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020, and extends the previous expiration date of March 14, 2021, to September 6, 2021.

The applicable period for emergency unemployment relief for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations, is extended to weeks of unemployment ending on or before September 6, 2021.

Additionally, the amount of emergency relief for weeks of unemployment beginning after March 31, 2021, increases from 50% of compensation paid to 75%.

All contributory PA employers and reimbursable employers who paid the solvency fee received automatic relief from charges through December 31, 2020 from Act 9 of 2020 for their COVID-19 related charges.  The majority of the credits were processed in November 2020 and continue to be processed into early 2021 as claims continue to be retroactively paid.    

Reimbursable employers are also eligible for federal relief from their total charges.  The federal CARES Act provided 50% reimbursement for charges through December 31, 2020.  This process was changed in August 2020 to a 50% upfront reduction through the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act. The Continued Assistance Act extended the 50% reduction through March 13, 2021.  The American Rescue Plan Act increased the percentage from 50% to 75% and this reduction is extended to September 6, 2021.

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