Alabama Unemployment (ADOL) – $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), $600 FPUC, PEUC and PUA News and Updates

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) manages the state’s unemployment administration systems which covers standard and enhanced unemployment payments.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program

Alabama has been approved by FEMA for the $300 weekly payment under the LWA program, which provides supplemental payments to eligible unemployment benefits claimants who have been unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. They must all be getting over $100 from existing unemployment programs to qualify for this payment.

The ADOL has said they have made all 6 weeks of approved payments by the end of September, with some retroactive payments pending due to various claim issues. All payments will be retroactive to August 1st for the 6 weeks (or $1800) of approved funding (see latest payout date table).

COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits

Under the CARES act, there are three types of federal unemployment assistance now available:

• Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): expands eligibility for individuals who are typically ineligible for
Unemployment benefits, for example independent contractors, and self-employed and “gig” workers.
• Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular benefits, to all recipients of Unemployment Insurance; retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020. [Now Expired]
• Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): provides an additional 13 weeks of Unemployment benefits to all recipients.

High unemployment amid COVID-19 has also triggered 13 weeks of extended benefits the state is permitted by federal law to offer to those who have exhausted all other state and federal unemployment aid without returning to work permanently

Useful Resources for Claimants

File A Claim if you are unemployed or partially employed and need to file an Alabama Initial Claim, get started here. It’s easy, fast and secure.

Contacts For Claimants – Contact us if you have questions about your claim

Claims & Benefits FAQ – Questions and answers to help you better understand the claim process and become familiar with the terminology.

2 thoughts on “Alabama Unemployment (ADOL) – $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), $600 FPUC, PEUC and PUA News and Updates

  1. yes i am a single father of 2 boys i have never drawed unemployment EVER OR UNTIL APRIL I STARTED TRYING TO FILE IN ALABAMA NO 1 WOULD ANSWER THE PHONE THE INTERNET WOULD KICK ME OF IT IS OCT 17 I VE FINALLY GOT APPROVED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT FOR 5 WEEKS AND IVE RECIEVED 5 PAYMENTS OF 250 WTF THAT BARELY FEEDS US WHY AM I NOT RECIEVING MY BACK PAY WTF THANKS FOR NOTHING ALABAMA WHAT ABOUT MY 6 MONTHS YALL WOULD NOT LET ANY1 FILE I VE TALKED TO AT LEAST 20 PEOPLE WITH SAME ISUES WHY R WE NOT BEING RESPONDED TOO OR COMPENSATED FOR THE MONEY WERE OWED?

  2. I was denied regular ui in Illinois on February 23rd,2020 because I was $110.00 away from earning enough wages for eligibility in the 4th quarter, I was told if I get employed & something happens where I am laid off I could earn the $110.00 needed and to reapply by April 1st,2020. Well I found a job and was about to begin working until the pandemic shut down the employer I was set to start working for, despite all my efforts to contact this future employer (which I believed I would work for as soon as the pandemic was over). Was futile. So I filed another claim with I.D.E.S. Once I found out about the pua program, I didn’t hear anything at all until October 2nd,2020 when I.D.E.S. Sent me an email to certify for 31 weeks of pua benefits, which I completed. The next morning I received another email for me to certify for the current week, which I also completed. A few days after that I received another email asking me to upload my identification, which I also did and received a confirmation email the following day informing me that I had been successful in their identification process. Also on the pua website, when I enter my information it states that I am eligible for pua, I have a weekly amount and an amount of how much I would be receiving with back pay. Now I know it’s only October 8th,2020 but I still haven’t received payment and haven’t heard anything more about it. All the information I look up tells me that once I certify for benefits it takes 2-3 business days then I will receive my payment to the payment method I have on file with I.D.E.S. I’ve seen something that said it takes 2 weeks before 1st payment. I am stressing out and I am in very bad shape financially due to this pandemic, I want to work, and have a very strong work ethic, I have to secure some type of financial means or I will be homeless soon, I am terrified and can hardly sleep or relax in my own bed and roof over my head which is jeopardy. I can’t continue to live with this type of uncertainty. Does anyone know if I am approved and will be getting unemployment benefits for sure given the process I have just entailed? Or is this just another empty promise from our pillars that are in place in America for their good hard working citizens to at least be able to feel secure if they are willing to work to support themselves and their families. As you can see I’m very upset but I am getting physically and mentally ill dealing with this situation. If you know anything about what I have provided above please respond and let me know. Thank very much,
    Anthony V.

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