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Unemployment Compensation and Benefit Year Ending (BYE) Date​

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Individuals receiving benefits through the Unemployment Compensation (UC) program and its two extensions, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits (EB), may need to re-file their claim at the end of their benefit year (BYE date), which falls exactly one year after they initially applied for UC benefits.

The “BYE date” is the date when an individual’s unemployment compensation (UC) claim ends — after a claim’s BYE date passes, you cannot collect any additional benefits on that claim.

New claim applications will be the same as when you filed the previous year.  Internally, when our UC team receives the application, they will review it to see if you are eligible for a new UC claim – some examples of when this occurs are if a person returned to work but was laid off again or worked part-time for part of the year. 

Depending on the individual’s circumstances, our staff may take time to research, so individuals should anticipate a potential delay in their weekly benefits when their benefit year ends.

For many individuals, there will be no delay in benefits. L&I has been preparing for the surge in benefit- year ends and is doing everything possible to keep these delays to a minimum. 

Note: The benefit year begins on Sundays and ends on Saturdays. 

UC Claimants: If you are still unemployed when your claim reaches its BYE date, you may qualify for extended benefits under federal programs or for an entirely new claim, based on your work history and non-self-employment wages earned since filing your initial claim. For example:

  • If you have not worked for an employer OR have worked for an employer but have not earned 6 times your weekly benefit rate since filing your initial claim: Continue to file on your existing claim. You do not have to reapply if you did not return to work, but if you choose to reapply, we will review your eligibility for a new claim.
  • If you have worked for an employer AND earned 6 times your weekly benefit rate since filing your initial claim: You must file a new claim. If you continue to claim on an expired claim, your benefits may be stopped. If you need to file a new claim, the best way to file a new claim for benefits is online at File an Initial Claim. Alternatively, you can also file a new claim by calling the UC Service Center at 888-313-7284. Once a new claim is filed, we will determine if (1) you are eligible for a new UC claim, or (2) you may continue to receive extended benefits on your existing claim. 

​PUA Claimants: Many PUA claimants were self-employed and therefore did not qualify for UC in the first place. These individuals have no wages on file with L&I and would not need to open a UC claim at this time.  However, some individuals are on PUA because they had traditional, W-2 type employment but not enough to qualify for the regular UC program.  Individuals who have been working for traditional W-2 wages during the last year may now qualify for a new regular UC claim.  In that scenario, the individuals should stop filing weekly claims on PUA and open a UC claim. Other PUA claimants who remain unemployed should continue filing on PUA. 

Remember, claims must be paid in this order, and you can only be on one claim at a time. This is why the benefit year end eligibility checks are done. If you can qualify for UC at any time, you must immediately move to UC. 

If a claimant is eligible for a new UC claim, they will return to the UC program, regardless of if they were receiving benefits through PEUC, EB, or PUA at their benefit year-end. 

If a person is not eligible for a new UC claim, they will be returned to the program they received benefits through and will finish their remaining weeks. Because of the additional weeks provided by PEUC, EB, and PUA, most claimants who filed during the pandemic will still have eligible weeks to claim.

Once an individual has exhausted all of their eligible weeks, they cannot receive additional benefits if they have not worked enough to qualify for a new UC claim. 

Our staff has been partnering with PA CareerLinks® to identify individuals who are reaching the end of their unemployment benefits and to provide individualized employment services to assist them with rejoining the workforce. While L&I cannot approve any individuals for claim weeks for which they are not eligible, we make every effort to reduce hardship by connecting them with other non-unemployment services.

How to Understand Benefit Year End (BYE)

  • What is your Benefit Year End Date?
  • Benefit Year End Process
  • Benefit Year End for Individuals that Did not Work

Benefit Year End FAQs

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​How do I know if I am receiving UC or PUA benefits?

​How do I determine if I earned six times my weekly benefit rate?

​How do I find my BYE Date and Weekly Benefit Rate?

​What is the best way to reapply for benefits? How long will it take to begin receiving benefits again?

Important Terms and Abbreviations: 

  • UC - Unemployment Compensation program
  • PEUC - Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, an extension of the UC program
  • EB - Extended Benefits, an extension of the UC program
  • BYE date - Benefit Year End (ends exactly one year after individuals first apply for UC benefits)
  • PUA - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • L&I - Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry