HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week

HR Tip of the Week:  CARES Act Emergency Unemployment Benefits are Rolling Out

The emergency unemployment benefit provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act include increases in weekly unemployment benefits workers can receive and extends the time they can receive payments.  Here is a summary of what’s included:

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)-States can provide up to 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to qualified individuals who:

  • have exhausted all rights to regular compensation under state law or Federal law with respect to a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019;
  • have no rights to regular compensation with respect to a week under any other state UC law or Federal UC law, or to compensation under any other Federal law;
  • are not receiving compensation with respect to a week under the UC law of Canada; and
  • are able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work, although states must offer flexibility on “actively seeking work” where there are COVID-19 impacts and constraints.

The cost of PEUC benefits is 100% federally funded. States may not charge employers for any PEUC benefits paid.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)-States will administer an additional $600 weekly payment to certain eligible individuals who are receiving other benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)-Provides unemployment benefits to independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed.

Read more from: SHRM, US Department of Labor, Missouri Department of Labor


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