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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Element of CARES Act

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): Provides support for workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Funding is provided by the federal government and distributed by the state, similar to Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). PUA benefits are calculated based on a claimants reported prior earnings. PUA will provide for lost wages.

Currently, claimants eligible for PUA may file a weekly claim for any week ending before December 31, 2020.  In Vermont, this means that the last week claimants may file is for the week ending December 26, 2020, with claimants receiving benefit checks after filing. Further updates on the PUA program will be provided should new information become available. 


AM I ELIGIBLE FOR PUA

To better understand if you are eligible, visit: https://labor.vermont.gov/PUA_Eligibility

I THINK THAT I AM ELIGIBLE - WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?

 I have not yet applied for benefits I HAVE already APPLIED FOR benefits


INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED 

As a part of the application process, individuals must first complete an initial application for general unemployment insurance. Once completed, a determination will be made as to whether individuals qualify for general unemployment or whether they may be eligible for PUA. PUA eligible Vermonters will receive an email that includes instructions for completing the PUA application.  

STEP 1: Complete an initial application for unemployment insurance by calling (877) 214-3332 or online or learn more at https://labor.vermont.gov/StepsForUnemployment

STEP 2: Read instructions on confirmation page.  

  • Depending on your application submission, you may be immediately prompted to complete the PUA claim application. If you do not get prompted, you will need to wait for DOL to review your submission. Once a determination has been made you will be notified
  • General unemployment eligible Vermonters will receive an email with instructions on when and how to file weekly claims. 

STEP 3: After PUA application is completed, wait for an email and follow the prompts to the PUA Dashboard to begin filing your weekly claim certifications. You will be able to file for past eligible benefit weeks.  

STEP 4: CONTINUE TO FILE WEEKLY CLAIMS FOR EACH WEEK YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED 


Important Reminders:  

  • For Vermont claimants on PUA, the last week you may file under PUA is for the week ending December 26, 2020, benefit checks being recieved the week after filing.

    • This is based on federal guidelines for the PUA program; Should federal guidelines change, further updates will be provided. 

  • You are filing weekly claims for the prior week. (e.g. If you file a weekly claim April 12, you are filing for the benefit week of April 5-11.

  • You must file a weekly claim no later than Friday at 4:00 pm. (e.g. If you were unemployed during the week of April 5-11, you can file the claim beginning April 12, but no later than April 17 at 4pm without delay in payment
  • You MUST report hours worked and wages EARNED, regardless of when you’ll be paid, if you worked during a week you are filing a benefit for. Failing to do so will create an issue on your claim, delay payment, or could potentially disqualify you from receiving benefits. 
  • Changes to name, address, or banking information, MUST be provided to the Department. You can make those changes in the PUA Dashboard or during your PUA weekly claim certification.  

  ​Have additional questions on PUA? Click here to see additional resources 


INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED  

For any self-employed or limited wage individuals that had previously completed an initial application due to COVID-19 and have been determined ineligible for general UI, your information has been uploaded to the PUA system. You should have an email with next steps on how to complete your PUA application.   

STEP 1: Check your email inbox (and spam folder) for instructions to finish your PUA application. 

*If you did not receive an email, please click here: https://vermont.force.com/PUAClaims/s/

STEP 2: After PUA application is completed, wait for an email and follow the prompts to the PUA Dashboard to begin filing your weekly claim certifications. You will be able to file for past eligible benefit weeks.

STEP 3: CONTINUE TO FILE WEEKLY CLAIMS FOR EACH WEEK YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED

Important Reminders:  

  • You are filing weekly claims for the prior week. (e.g. If you file a weekly claim April 12, you are filing for the benefit week of April 5-11.
  • You must file a weekly claim no later than Friday at 4:00 pm. (e.g. If you were unemployed during the week of April 5-11, you can file the claim beginning April 12, but no later than April 17 at 4pm.
  • You MUST report hours worked and wages EARNED, regardless of when you’ll be paid, if you worked during a week you are filing a benefit for. Failing to do so will create an issue on your claim, delay payment, or could potentially disqualify you from receiving benefits. 
  • Changes to name, address, or banking information, MUST be provided to the Department. You can make those changes in the PUA Dashboard of during your PUA Weekly Certification.  

Have additional questions on PUA? See our list of resources in the links below. 


INELIGIBLE DETERMINATION:  

  • If you are deemed ineligible for PUA and have already been deemed ineligible for general unemployment, you do not qualify for any unemployment benefit at this time.  

For additional PUA Program information, please visit the Department’s website at labor.vermont.gov. If you need assistance call the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance line at 877-660-7782.

 

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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