Eligible For PUA But Do I Get Back Pay and the $600 FPUC From The Date I Lost My Job Or From The Week That I Filed?


Anthony posted this comment following his recent eligibility for PUA, “Hi guys I just found out about the PUA. I filed for regular unemployment on June 14 and was denied. I got a email stating that I was eligible for the PUA and today was my first day to claim it. I claimed for 2 weeks no problem. My question is about the $600 enhanced unemployment (FPUC) and if I get back pay from the date I lost my job or do I just start getting the 600 from the week that I filed?

The answer to this question may vary depending on the state in which you claim unemployment, but generally speaking and while the PUA and FPUC programs are subject to different timelines, if you qualified for the PUA program between early April and the end of July, you would be eligible for the $600 FPUC weekly benefit which is payable during this period (unless the overall FPUC program is extended). This includes backdated payments for weeks you were eligible for PUA due to COVID-19 related reasons.

In most states retroactive PUA and FPUC payments will be paid in one lump-sum one to two weeks after you are deemed eligible for benefits. If you only recently became eligible for the PUA program, you may receive your $600 FPUC payment separately the week after your first PUA payment.

You should get a formal PUA benefits determination letter or award notice from your state unemployment agency stating the weekly benefit amount and backdated payments you are eligible for. Please pay attention to additional information that may need to be provided or certification steps to be undertaken to actually get the unemployment benefit paid/processed.

In many states, like New Jersey, unemployed workers must explicitly certify for their PUA claim for past weeks, even if they previously certified their regular unemployment claim for the same week. In other words, because PUA claims are processed separately from regular unemployment claims in several states, certifying information must be completed separately.

PUA claims can be backdated to the week of January 27, 2020 (when the program was deemed to be available from under CARES act) or to the first week you were unemployed due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. PUA UIC amounts are more in line with regular state UIC amounts and do not include the extra $600 payment under the FPUC program.

43 thoughts on “Eligible For PUA But Do I Get Back Pay and the $600 FPUC From The Date I Lost My Job Or From The Week That I Filed?

  1. I got an email last Friday stated that I can start Certified on the week of Sunday Aug 9 but in NJ the got by you last 4 number of your ssn so that mean I have to file on Tuesday in the email it also told I’m eligible for the $600 but it only let we certify for one week will I get the back pay for the $600?

  2. I have not yet received my back pay from April 4,2020 to July25,2020 and I filed for the PUA at the end of March I only received 2 checks with the PUA and called unemployment to ask when and no response

  3. How do I file for my back claim for March april way and June I started my claim in July need advise thanks

  4. unaware that i could get unemployment for being self employed i just started my claims 7/19/2020 my letter for PUA says at the bottom that i may receive up to 39 weeks of pua beginning with week 04/04/2020 to 07/25/2020 im in va does anyone know if that means ill get back pay to that date??

  5. I only recieved my uui benefit of 120 last week no pua payment and backweeks say rejected why

  6. Denise, that was funny. it always starts at that date because you have to tap the month the day in the year to change it yourself if you don’t want to claim the current week you can change it and claimed a prior week but you can only do it once in Georgia so be careful because your claim is usually automatically started from the date of your application or attested to the fact of the date that you last w were employed. but that button does exactly what it says it does its claim your weekly benefits

  7. arizona is a joke i applied june 1 and never seen i dime. They make it sound like i am a bad guy. They owe me 21 weeks now. 717 a week. Arizona is all about the money not the people. just like the traffic laws what crooks

  8. Since the program has ended does anyone know if they can still pay out for unclaimed weeks? My daughter is in NC and through negligence or confusion did not file several weeks and did not get the PUA, but somehow got the regular unemployment. I have been trying to help her get these back weeks filed and literally been going in circles. I finally get someone on the phone and they say she can’t file and recieve payment for these weeks because the program ended last week! I have been trying to get a straight answer from someone since June!!

  9. I’m pretty sure I might have the answer to a lot of people questions I just reviewed a document that showed the process of signing up and when you do your weekly claim at the end of it asks if you want to do any other claims or do you just want to end right now if you clicked in right now you can’t do all the backdated weeks but if you click do another claim that’s when you can start filling out all of your backdated weeks that are prior to the effective date at least that’s what I read I have to wait until Sunday to look at it for myself but I definitely saw it when I have reviewed that a little bit closer hope this helps

    1. Thank you for taking the time to inform people like me who are confused. My claim started june 7th however I became unemployed March 14th. Been desperately trying to figure out back pay.

      1. It really depends on what state your from. I read the federal guidelines sent to states yesterday and it says back pay should be paid for all weeks eligible, regardless of when the claim is made. If you aren’t receiving it then keep trying to speak to someone over the phone, or thru email. I’m quite sure they have to pay that back pay if you were eligible during prior weeks. Of course some states are reportedly trying not to.

    2. So how do I even get to that part ? I have helped someone else do this and I thought I did it just like I did mine but they don’t have the back dates claims to fill out?

  10. How did you do the back claims. I have 1 claim ending July 25. How do I fill out claims from March April and may and June?

    1. There’s a file 4 Arizona’s Pua page you can download and it’s called Pua portal for claimants and when you open it it’s got like 60 Questions in the first portion skip past all of that and the second portion of it has to do with the weekly benefit claims and Skip to like number 14 or 15 and that shows you how you get the back payment this should help for people that aren’t in Arizona as well cuz at least shows how easy it is to miss something so freaking important. And all the websites are so deceiving in the way that they describe the way back pay is paid and not one of them did I notice mentioned what I’m saying right now which is ridiculous.

        1. I only tried filing for one week when I first put this post on and I was also waiting till Sunday to do it again and it doesn’t even give you the option anymore. For some reason they stopped allowing that option but that’s how people normally got it was after they filed their weekly certificate it would allow them to do their back weeks. But now after researching I’ve seen some things saying that you need to get ahold of somebody by phone to get your date changed to when you first were unemployed.

    2. How do I file for my back claim for March april way and June I started my claim in July need advise thanks

  11. Hi im still waiting on the back pay option they were supposed to have a couple weeks ago. I started my claim in June but my last day of work was March 13th. The website said a few weeks back that people like me (only allowing to claim 1 week) would be able to claim previous weeks which never happened. Im in Pennsylvania and would like some answers.

    1. I’m in the same boat. Same state. A friend applied a month before me (I applied Tuesday and just did my first claim Sunday) & I was rather confused. She was asked in her initial filing process questions I wasn’t.. mainly involving backpay. Shes approved & is just waiting for her debit card to arrive from them, & the backpay is included in the lump sum she has waiting so far. Why did the majority of us not get those same questions.. nor even any answers when we ask the question ourselves? I wrote them myself from my personal e-mail & through the little messaging center on the PUA site.. and got nothing in return. I would love this answer!

      1. I am having the same problem I also emailed them and no answer they just sent me a letter saying I was eligible but they sent the same thing to my email I can never get in touch with them also from Pennsylvania

      1. Same boat, same state of PA (go Pennstate!) I only got the email confirmation, and that was three weeks ago. I filed my first weekly certificate last week, and I am still waiting for that to deposit.
        Good luck getting a hold of anyone. I tried calling, emailing, live chat. : /

    2. I am in Pennsylvania too. I just filed july 19 but i have not worked since march 26. I have read that they will back date to the day you last worked. Then i read that you have to file your back weeks. Uuugggh. Not sure so i just emailed PUA. Good luck.

  12. I been waiting for my back pay of $600 for over 2 months. Not getting any help even wrote to the white house last month. I started receiving unemployment after 2 months but the second week they stopped and said I went back to work which never had that option. Then started collecting after another month but they are taking my weekly payments saying I owe them which I don’t. They are playing with our life. I’m sick and tired the president of unemployment and NJ Governor posting on news or website how they have fixed everything and everything is going smooth which is a big lie. I called and they said I will receive a call in a week which have been two months.

    1. We were told to wait in NJ to file until after the PUA was in place and would get back pay. I filed on May 4th, 2020 but lost my work on 4/1/20. I have only received and been able to certify for May 4th and beyond. I never even got an email stating I was certified and should start claiming. I had to go to the “check my status page” and said they only determined yesterday so I waited a day for the email and when it didn’t come I went and checked my status again and got the same message…and I still haven’t received an email but started filing claims the following day anyway.

  13. Hi. I was unaware that as a Lyft driver that I would be eligible for any UI benefits, so I didn’t even look into it or try. My last day of work was March 18, 2020. It was not until my mother’s friend told me about PUA and she insisted I apply. So I did. It is my first time applying for any kind of UI so the application was a little nerve wrecking to fill out, as I didn’t want to make any mistakes. Well, apparently, ( i think anyway) that I did make a mistake. When filling out the back pay part, I thought it said I could only request back pay for one week prior to filling out the application. Then I talked to my aunt(who has helped people out with filing UI, but in Washington; anyhow, she said that a guy she helped got back paid through March. Then upon more research about Colorado and FPUA, it seems that I would be eligible for back pay since my last day of work was March 18, 2020. Then I realized that my effective date is June 14, 2020, and this brought concern to me because even though I had selected back pay only going back to June 14, I do remember answering the question of “what day did work last?’ or something of that matter, and I replied, March 18, 2020. So I looked all over on the MyUI account for a way to edit my effective date as well as other resources that might be able to guide me to fixing this issue(if it is an issue-is the first part to my question) and I found no such luck other than finally finding a number I could call and talk to someone this issue with a PUA in Colorado assistant. WELL… started calling immediately yesterday morning at 7:59am(they open at 8am) and still waited an hour till I got a hold of someone. This person sounded very young, however I was not worried- I mean, how hard is it to change/fix an effective date? This was my thought anyway. The lady took all my identification security information once, then said to hold on that she had to ask her supervisor something, and I was patient and waited, she came back and asked me the information again, and then said the same thing- hold on I have to get my supervisor. I am not starting to worry a little, but confident my issue would be solved. Yeah! NO. She came back on the phone and told me she couldn’t help and that only her supervisor could and what is a good call back number for him to call me back. So i give her my number and then shes like, “okay you should get a call back within 20 days. TWENTY DAYS!! WHAT?? I am now thinking that she is trained to say this when she does not have a clue what to do or say. Part two of my question: Is this true? I am thinking of calling again this morning and hoping for a different person that can change a date. Am I being unreasonable with this logic, or am ignorant to something about the system and simply unaware of a certain protocol. I don’t know. Any suggestions on fixing my effective date, or is it even necessary; like do I already get the back pay because of CARES Act.
    Thank you so much for your help.
    -Melissa from CO

    1. Hi, I am in Florida and the same thing is happening to me. The PAU effective date is over a month later than when I initially filed. I was told two different things. The first was that it will backdate itself based off of my last employment date as listed on my application. The second thing I was told was that it will backdate to when I first applied. After reading other sites, I learned that there is a form that you can fill out to backdate the effective date to when you first became unemployed and attempted to file but were unable due to Connect (Florida) being down. I am thinking that if Florida has a site that enables you to fill a form out then perhaps Co has one too. The link that I found to backdate the effective date in Florida is: https://claimdate.myflorida.com/app/1
      Hope this helps.

    2. Hey Melissa,
      Did this ever get resolved for you? I am in Colorado and in the same situation. My last paycheck was in late April. I remember adding that April date to the application. I applied in late June and have been receiving a weekly payment since then, but haven’t received any back pay. My effective date is listed as one week prior to when I filed. I have heard so many horror stories about calling for help and I don’t see an option for emailing them my question. I am really hoping it is retroactive but I don’t know how to find out.

      1. I was denied my Colorado benefits because of an error in my income on their end. I sent in the correct paperwork and no one got back to me. The help lines were useless until I finally got a hold of a human in mid July ( I was laid off in late April!) and she said to send my paperwork in again and wait 4-6 more weeks!!!! Since then you cannot call a human on the phone anymore. Only set up a call back for 2 weeks to months in the future. Called a state representative. She said she could forward my issue through a back door and it might get taken care of sooner. My cousin called the state governor, my sister her state rep and both had their insurance within a couple of weeks. Pretty sad. It feels like Colorado is trying to avoid giving out benefits. I’m pretty sure staffing shouldn’t be a problem four months after the start of the pandemic…

    3. I’m in Ga..I’m self employed..just found out I could apply for benefits..my last day of work was March 20th.i just applied in June…I want to know do I have to request back benefits..I didn’t see anything on the website pertaining to that…only when was my last day of employment..I have recieved 2 regular payments…no back payment

        1. yes same situation, did this ever get resolved? i feel like i missed out on alot :(

      1. Do you mind me asking when did you start getting your payments I applied June 16th I was qualified for pua on July 20th and I filled out all the proper forms and I’m still waiting they sent me benefit determination and said I qualified and that’s as far as it’s went and I’ve heard nothing and it’s a joke trying to get through to him and sweetheart you answered your own question you do get back pay from the date you put down on your application as last worked that’s the determination letter you’ll get that says what date they determines you eligible to go look at your letter

    4. When you fill out the application for PUA unemployment assistance it ask’s for the first day you started work in 2020. Usually in January . Then it ask’s for the last day worked and if it was because of the virus. You can file back to February as that is when people were starting to be laid off and companies were closing. You have to have got your application submitted before July 25 2020 to be eligible for the $600 payment included in the back pay. It stopped after that date unless they vote to extend it.

      1. So I filed before July 25 and it kept saying that I am monetarily ineligible for regular UI so I applied for PUA and that kept saying that I’m eligible for regular UI. So I just kept filling my weekly claims for proof and finally I was able to fix my PUA so will I get my 600$ back pay since I filed awhile ago and the system is a glitch and I even have a paper from des stating I am eligible for PUA

  14. I filed long ago in Georgia because of COVID 19 and I was also denied regular unemployment but approved for the other benefits but yet to have received them I filed back in feb-March and still no payment I also still haven’t received my income tax because they are still closed in certain offices I’m just bummed out about it all

    1. Did you submit the financial records needed for them to determine your payment if awarded?

      1. I have been waiting for my back pay for 3weeks now and have yet to receive it
        What is the issue
        I sure could use that money

        1. What is the Button on the PUA site that says Request payment mean I did it and it went back to January 7 2001 ? I filed it thinking it was for back payments

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