Federal Pandemic Unemployment to expire in September

Federal Pandemic Unemployment To Expire In September
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PITTSBURG, Kan. / JOPLIN, Mo. – All COVID-19-related federal unemployment programs will expire next month.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 originally authorized the programs. Legislators then extended the funds through the Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act and American Rescue Plan Act.

However, federal law now requires the programs to expire on September 4, 2021.

The following federal unemployment programs are affected:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
    • provides an additional $300 weekly payment for any claimant that is eligible for at least $1 of an underlying unemployment compensation.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    • Provides benefits for claimants who are unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or PEUC, including those who are self-employed or are gig workers.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    • this provides an extension of benefits after a claimant exhausts regular unemployment compensation benefits.

Final Federal Unemployment Claims

Anyone filing a claim for federal benefits for weeks of unemployment through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, will be processed in accordance with guidance from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

Unemployed claimants can continue to file weekly claims under these programs through the week ending September 4, 2021.

The Department of Labor will pay those funds even after the federal programs have expired if claimants are entitled to benefits from their state’s Department of Labor (KDOL) and their claim is found to be eligible.

However, once the federal benefits programs end, the only unemployment insurance program will be regular state-funded.

Qualifying for regular Unemployment Insurance

Claimants must have earned sufficient wages to get monetary benefits. Starting on and after Sept. 5, 2021, there will be a new threshold to determine the maximum number of weeks unemployment benefits are available to claimants.

You can learn more by going to your state’s Department of Labor sites.

Federal unemployment FAQ

For further questions regarding federal programs expiring, you can use the FAQ at www.dol.ks.gov/ui-faqs#unemployment-programs.

Which programs are ending September 4, 2021?

The following federal benefit programs will expire on Sept. 4, 2021:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)