There are currently additional benefit programs for claimants in Regular Unemployment Insurance once their traditional 26 weeks of benefits have been exhausted:
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to claimants as a program under the federal CARES Act. PEUC went into effect April 5, 2020 and will be available to claimants for 13 weeks or until the benefit week ending December 26, 2020, whichever is sooner.
- The Extended Benefits (EB) program went into effect on May 3, 2020. EB provides an additional 13 weeks benefits to claimants after their 26 weeks of regular benefits and 13 weeks of PEUC benefits have been exhausted. *it is important to note that the EB program is dependent on Vermont’s unemployment rate and is subject to change.
- The High Extended Benefits program went into effect on July 5, 2020 and extended the number of weeks available in EB from 13 weeks to 20 weeks. Because High EB and EB are dependent on Vermont’s unemployment rate, the final week High EB will be available to claimants is the benefit week ending October 10, 2020. This means any claimant filing in the EB program for any week after week 13 will no longer be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.