Alabama Unemployment (ADOL) – $300 FPUC, PEUC and PUA – 2021 Extension News and Updates

This article was last updated on January 21

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

Alabama Now Paying 2021 Unemployment Program Extensions (PUA, PEUC and FPUC) Under COVID Relief Bill

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief package was passed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, which among several other pandemic relief measures extends and provides additional federal funding for enhanced unemployment benefits. This includes the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and a reinstatement, but halving of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Program which provides a $300 supplemental weekly unemployment payment.

These programs have been funded and extended for 11 weeks (on top of any state funded extensions), covering the weeks of December 27th, 2020 to April 5th, 2021 (no new claims after March 14th, 2021). To receive the extra $300 FPUC weekly benefits, you must be receiving regular UI, PEUC, EB, or PUA.

Update January 6th, 2021: ADOL announced it has began processing payments for the CARES Act extensions provided for in the recently enacted H.R. 133, including the additional $300 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment. Claimants who are eligible for these payments will need to take no action other than continuing to file their weekly certifications. ADOL began processing these changes on Tuesday, January 5, and claimants should expect to see payments as soon as this week, depending on their bank’s policies. It was one of the first states to start paying all claimants benefits under the 2021 extended coverage period.

“ADOL worked quickly to implement these new legislative changes, in order to get this aid to struggling Alabamians as fast as possible,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Guidance was received from USDOL on Friday, January 1, and funding was received by Monday, January 4, so in all, ADOL was able to get funds out within five days.”

Final guidelines on these programs and final eligibility including additional document verification procedures to combat Fraud have been issued by the Department of Labor and are being rolled out by ADOL in their systems and programs. The following are updates that have been made per recent news.

UI claimants with existing or expired claim balances should be aware of the following general guidelines:

  • PUA and PEUC, FPUC will be automatically added to the claimants’ benefits if they are eligible for the weeks outlined in the new legislation.
  • Claimants who will have additional weeks in UI and PUA or PEUC due to state provisions (where applicable) should watch their state agency UI portal or website for updates that will allow additional weeks to be filed (see potential scenarios where you need to take action to get benefits under the new extension)
  • Claimants with weeks remaining in UI should continue to file weekly claims if their state UI systems have been updated for the extended coverage period.
  • Claimants will receive retroactive payments for all weeks they are eligible.
  • Claimants currently receiving benefits through the Extended Benefits program must finish all weeks of EB before receiving additional weeks of PEUC.

I will post additional details as they are released in coming days. So stay tuned for updates.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program – Now Complete

Alabama has completed paying out 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 – Extended Under COVID relief Bill (signed December 29th, 2020)

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

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

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2 thoughts on “Alabama Unemployment (ADOL) – $300 FPUC, PEUC and PUA – 2021 Extension 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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