Federal CARES Act 2 Unemployment Programs Update

22 December 2020

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that includes provisions to extend the federal unemployment insurance programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). At this time, we are reviewing the legislation and working to implement changes as quickly as possible. Below is the general information related to existing benefit programs.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to March 14, 2021 and allows individuals receiving benefits as of March 14, 2021 to continue through April 5, 2021, as long as the individual has not reached the maximum number of weeks.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Extends Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation to March 14, 2021 and allows individuals receiving benefits as of March 14, 2021 to continue through April 5, 2021, as long as the individual has not reached the maximum number of weeks.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Restores the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation supplement to all state and federal unemployment benefits at $300 per week, starting after December 26 and ending March 14, 2021.

Relief for Governmental Entities and Nonprofit Organizations
Extends relief through March 14, 2021 a provision in the CARES Act which amended the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide federal support to cover 50% of the costs of unemployment benefits for employees of state and local governments and non-profit organizations.

It is important to note, that before Vermont can implement any of the changes included in this bill, the U.S. Department of Labor must issue guidance for states to ensure implementation complies federal law.

Claimants who are currently filing for benefits in the regular UI program, this legislation does not change your eligibility for regular UI, please continue to file weekly claims.

For claimants in the PUA or PEUC system, you do not need to do anything additional at this time. Please continue to monitor our website, social media and your email for updates.

As more details and timeframes become available, we will share that information with existing claimants and the general public.

 

Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please contact the Department by phone.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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