Eligible For PUA But Do I Get Back Pay and the $600 FPUC From The Date The Program Was Initiated 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 the program was initiated, 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.

Note however that PUA claims can be backdated to the week of January 27, 2020 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.

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3 thoughts on “Eligible For PUA But Do I Get Back Pay and the $600 FPUC From The Date The Program Was Initiated Or From The Week That I Filed?

  1. 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. 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

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