Another component to the recent legislation involves
unemployment. We will provide an overview on three parts: Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). These are federal funded programs
that states may implement.
- Provides unemployment benefits for those
traditionally not covered by unemployment: self-employed, independent
contractors, gig employees.
- Provides unemployment benefits for those who have
exhausted all other unemployment coverages.
- 39 weeks of benefits. Period begins 1/27/20
(retroactive) and ends 12/31/20.
- Must be due to COVID-19 related reason.
- Provides $600 a week payment to those people
collecting unemployment compensation.
- May extend 13 weeks of unemployment benefits.
- You are eligible if:
- You have exhausted all of your rights in benefit
year ending on or after July 1, 2019.
- You have no rights to regular unemployment
- You are not receiving unemployment compensation
- You are able to work, available for work and are
actively seeking employment.
As we mentioned, states are able offer these benefits.
Alabama started paying the additional $600 benefit on April 13th.