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Changes to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it expanded eligibility for unemployment benefits on February 25, 2021. This will be retroactive to the beginning of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which began last year.

The Department provided that:  

” The new guidance expands eligibility to three categories of workers:

  • Workers receiving unemployment benefits who had their continued regular unemployment benefits’ claims denied after they refused to work or accept an offer of work at a worksite not in compliance with coronavirus health and safety standards.
  • Workers laid off, or who have had their work hours reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
  • School employees working without a contract or reasonable assurance of continued employment who face reduced paychecks and no assurance of continued pay when schools are closed due to coronavirus.”

Do not expect to get benefits immediately. The Department of Labor anticipates late March as the timeframe to start seeing retroactive benefits being available to claimants. The Department directs individuals with questions to their state’s unemployment agencies. In Alabama, visit:  Alabama Department of Labor.

If you filed your initial PUA claim after December 27, 2020, you are limited to only those weeks of unemployment beginning on or after December 6, 2020.


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