Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program is a temporary federal program available for individuals whose regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon.
- PEUC is available beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, but not for weeks after December 26, 2020.
- PEUC provides 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019.
- You must wait for your regular unemployment benefits to expire before applying for PEUC.
- Individuals who are currently receiving regular unemployment benefits do NOT need to apply.
- Once the balance of your regular UC benefits is received, you will automatically be enrolled in t e PEUC program for the additional 13 weeks of benefits. Individuals whose UC benefit year has expired should file a PEUC claim.
- After filing for PEUC, you'll use the same biweekly filing process that you used for regular UC.
- Eligibility requirements for regular UC are the same for PEUC. For example, you must be
- At least partially unemployed,
- Able and available for suitable work,
- Not disqualified for voluntarily leaving work, and
- Not discharged for willful misconduct.
- You must report all work performed and gross wages earned during weeks claimed.