Enhanced 2020 Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payments and Extensions to Tackle Coronavirus Fallout – FPUC, PEUC and PUA

[Updated with the latest provisions] Under the recently enacted $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill (CARES act) unemployment insurance coverage will be extended and supplemented as follows:

  • Under an existing provision known as the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) state-level unemployment insurance will be extended by an additional 13 weeks thanks to federal funding under the CARE stimulus bill. So state unemployment maximum benefits that normally last 26 weeks for example, would now last up-to 39 weeks. The extended benefits will last through Dec. 31, 2020 and also allow those who have exhausted their regular state benefits to get an additional 13 weeks of benefits.
  • Under Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provisions an additional payment of $600 per week on top of the current and extended regular state UI benefits will be provided through to July 31, 2020.
  • Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provision eligibility rules for claiming unemployment benefits and compensation have also been expanded to cover more workers, including contractors, freelance/“gig” workers and those who are self-employed.

The extra $600 FPUC funded boost in particular is nearly double the current UI maximum payment in many states (see state level maximums) so has created some controversy whereby some lower income workers may get more via unemployment than through their normal wages.

Do I need to reapply for unemployment benefits with new PUA extension in place? Workers who have exhausted their current benefits will likely need to re-apply for the additional and extended coverage UI benefits now in place via their state UI program website (see list here).

When will the $600 Unemployment Benefit Payment Start?

The $600 benefit payment is now being paid by all states and will generally be paid with your standard state unemployment benefit. You can see the table below for payment dates by states, including links to more information. Note that if you have already exhausted your current state UI benefits, you will still be eligible for this additional/extra temporary benefit boost as it is federally funded under the CARES stimulus bill.

Most state unemployment agencies and labor departments have implemented the enhanced unemployment provisions under guidance from the Federal Department of Labor (DOL). However antiquated state unemployment filing systems and websites have not been easy to update in such a short duration, meaning that claimants have faced long wait times and failures in being able to file a claim. If you already receive UI benefits you will automatically be added to the new stimulus programs if eligible and receive these payments as you currently do. Others or newly unemployed will need to (re-)apply for the UI payments.

Self-employed, independent contractors and nonprofit employees, or those that are otherwise ineligible for state UI benefits or those who have exhausted state and federal benefits may be eligible for enhanced benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Individuals who have the ability to telework and receive pay or individuals who are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits will not qualify for the PUA benefits.

Will I get the full $600? The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting, whether it’s the minimum or the maximum. So for example even if you are only getting $50 a week in unemployment benefits today you will still get the full $600 through the next four months which is mandated in the CARES bill. This means those only getting partial UIC benefits (at least $1) like part time workers earning below the maximum weekly benefit amount for their state will be eligible for this supplemental payment till July 31st 2020.

Also note that the $600 is paid retroactively. Payments are effective starting with the week ending 4/5/20. So, if it takes your state UI agency until mid-April to actually start the payments, they will be retroactive back to 4/5/20. The $600 only applies to those who are receiving unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for UI, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims. So you can file as soon as you get laid off or lose income as a self employed person.

StateMaximum PUA Amount
Alabama$275
Alaska$370
Arizona$240
Arkansas$451
California$175
Colorado$618
Connecticut$649
Delaware$400
District of Columbia$444
Florida$275
Georgia$365
Hawaii$648
Idaho$448
Illinois$484
Indiana$390
Iowa$481
Kansas$488
Kentucky$552
Louisiana$247
Maine$445
Maryland$430
Massachusetts$823
Michigan$362
Minnesota$462
Mississippi$235
Missouri$320
Montana$552
Nebraska$440
Nevada$469
New Hampshire$427
New Jersey$713
New Mexico$511
New York$504
North Carolina$350
North Dakota$618
Ohio$480
Oklahoma$539
Oregon$648
Pennsylvania$572
Puerto Rico$190
Rhode Island$586
South Carolina$326
South Dakota$414
Tennessee$275
Texas$521
Utah$580
Vermont$513
Virginia$378
Washington$790
West Virginia$424
Wisconsin$370
Wyoming$508


[April 2020 update] With over 2.25 unemployment claims filed in the last week along, America is facing not only a health crisis, but a Jobs one as well.

The recently passed Families First Cronavirus Response Act has resulted in several economic stimulus measures, once of which is Enhanced unemployment benefits. The bill provides $1 billion in 2020 for emergency grants to states for activities related to processing and paying unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

$500 million of the additional funding would be used to provide immediate additional funding to all states for staffing, technology, systems, and other administrative costs, so long as they met basic requirements about ensuring access to earned benefits for eligible workers.

How unemployment insurance works and how to qualify

It mainly depends on where you live because states administer the Unemployment insurance program. But often get help, per the bill discussed above, from the federal government to bolster the state’s UI program and availability of benefits.

Eligibility and benefits are generally calculated as a percentage of your income over the past year, up to a certain maximum. The benefits or UI payment is between 14 and 26 weeks, but can be extended by supporting federal funds.

States would be required to report on the share of eligible individuals who received UI benefits and the state’s efforts to ensure access within one year of receiving the funding. The funding would be distributed in the same proportions as regular UI administrative funding provided through annual appropriations.

The remaining $500 million would be reserved for emergency grants to states which experienced at least a 10 percent increase in unemployment. Those states would be eligible to receive an additional grant, in the same amount as the initial grant, to assist with costs related to the unemployment spike, and would also be required to take steps to temporarily ease eligibility requirements that might be limiting access to UI during the COVID-19 outbreak, like work search requirements, required waiting periods, and requirements to increase employer UI taxes if they have high layoff rates.

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245 thoughts on “Enhanced 2020 Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payments and Extensions to Tackle Coronavirus Fallout – FPUC, PEUC and PUA

  1. i live in Michigan….am currently on furlough and have receuved the state max $362. they tell me i am alloed a PUA of $160 per week. Am i also going to receive the $600 from the Feds? state is so backed up, got tired of waiting for an answer.tZg4x

  2. I live in Indiana and retired last year only collected social security. I started my own business Jan. 1 . I bought tools for it and worked 21/2 months when covid19 made me stop. Can I get unemployment

  3. I live in California, exhausted my Edd benefits, do I need to reapply or will they automatically extend

  4. I live in California, exhausted my Edd benefits, do I need to reapply or will they automatically extend ?

  5. i have been certifying for past 3 weeks and hasnt been any payment made to my account. So beyond frustrating. it keeps saying
    our claim is in pending status. No payments have been made on your claim.
    Weekly payments for $600 showing “0” under the “Effective Days

    1. something very similar happened to me as well. I am in Mass and I received my first payment via their debit card with a balance of $5,000 on it. I then went the next week to put in my claim and it says that my status is pending. They need to verify my ID. Within hours I sent them all the info they would need for me. I called and the person on the other line that there are 1000’s & 1,000’s & 1000’s of people going through the same thing I am going through. Then told me he is one of those people. Wait What….. Aren’t you working right now? LOL ya he hung up QUICK!! GRRR… THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!!

  6. I am so freaking frustrating with this system. i have been certifying fro the past 3 weeks and i have yet seeing a dime in my account. i just dont know what to do anymore . i can’t even feeed my kids. So freaking annoyed with all this shit.

  7. If my claim exhausted Jan 18th, 2020, will I receive an extension? My benefit year ends 8/20.

  8. I am confused, I have read that the additional $600 will be paid to anyone who is eligible and being paid $1 or more in UI benefits, will those who were denied the UI benefit but approved for the PUA benefit receive the $600?

    1. For those with exhausted benefits:

      The extension: 400+ (EB) will also get the extra $600 (PEUC).
      So: EB + PEUC= $1000+
      (EB is defined by your state. $400 is an example)

      Common formula for those making over $85,000 yr.

      1. My unemployment ran out beginning of this month. I have no income comming in now. My state still hasn’t implemented a PEUC. They say they’re working on it…all the offices are closed and all the phone numbers purposely say “Check out the website”. Can’t get a live person on the phone. All emails are auto-replied with the same answer. The last message I recieved in my unemployment was “File after for possible second benefit year. This payment exhausts current benefits”. Is this telling me to file again? Or am I supposed to wait for PEUC? My benifits date for the year ends October 2020. What should I do? I live in CT

  9. I live in the state of California and I applied two months ago for unemployment insurance I was on state disability for an entire year and that each year came to an end I have applied for the unemployment I received notice that I needed to have a phone interview after the pandemic started I never received my phone interview and waited many hours by the phone I sent the employment department in California six messages and have never received a reply back I can’t get through to anybody over the phone I’m a single father with two children I am broke and on the verge of being homeless and still I have nothing to my name. According to the state of California’s unemployment division website I will receive a reply within 5 to 7 days I’ve sent six messages over the course of a month and a half with absolutely no reply nobody is contacting me to let me know what is going on and that no fault of my own I have not received my phone interview or anything and I was told after I exhausted my state disability in the state of California I would be able to apply for and receive unemployment so I need answers as a single father with two children I raise on my own.

  10. Hi. I was taken off of SSI because I was deemed no longer disabled in December of 2019. I received my last SSI payment on February 1st 2020. I began applying for jobs in February 2020 but then the pandemic hit and halted any employment opportunities for me. My work history is in restaurant and retail. Now I have zero income since March. Can I get pandemic unemployment emergency assistance? I am in Texas

  11. Your S/S will not be garnished. Depending on your situation you may collect unemployment at the sma e time you are collecting S/S.

  12. My exhausted my 13 weeks of ui two weeks ago they emailed me a pua app it’s been done for about a week now how long does it takes for a determination to be sent out I’m in Georgia

    1. For me it took about 15 days. Once you receive confirmation in the mail, certify as you normally do, and you will have the money within 24 hours (direct deposit)

      1. Chris, have a question…I got approved and it said since 3/8/20 but no payment summary and nothing else BUT i just got the letter 5/8/20 with this information. Am i missing something? BTW I did claim like it said for all the weeks prior to 5/8/20

  13. My benefits were exhausted in December of 2019. DO to issues beyond my control i am still unemployed. Now do to The current pandemic jobs in my line of work are very scarce. My benefit year will end in the middle of this month (May). Am I elgable for the 13 week extension? IT says if you exhausted benefits after July 1 2019 ( which I did) That I’m eligible for PEUC. Is this correct?

    1. You should wait till mid May and file a new claim once your original file date passes. Then you will have a full 39 weeks & retroactive $600 per week going back to March 29th. You actually are not eligible for the Extension which is not in place anyway. You would have had to of filed after July 1, 2019 for the extension. You are actually in a good position. Just wait it out another 10 days or so depending on your original filing date.

  14. Filed for unemployment 3/8/20 due to hours being cut (covid19). Was told 5/1/20 that I disqualify do to a overpayment issue. . So do that mean I’m not going to receive neither? Phoenix AZ..

  15. I filed for unemployment on March 8, 2020 they had to verify my identity which finally happened on 4/23/2020 it is now May 4th 2020 2 months later since I filed my unemployment claim and I haven’t received anything my company went out of work March 4th 2020. I live in Florida I can’t get anyone on the phone it is beyond frustrating.

  16. My last check for UC was March 24. I applied for an extension but had heard nothing. I called UC and they said they would update my file but still have not heard anything. what extension would I fall under and do I need to reapply for the extension? I live in Pa.

  17. I moved from California to Texas And collected CA unemployment benefits my last payment was for week ending 1-18-2020 leaving my benefits at 0. I am unable to find employment in the dental field due to Covid. Am I eligible to get assistance and how?

  18. I owe unemployment am I able to get 600 dollars a week or would that go to what I owe them? I cannot get through to unemployment so this is my only hope in the state of Wisconsin

  19. Hi, so I have been over paid and now have forfit days, after the overpayment is paid back ,what happens to the remaining forfeit days?

    1. I am also in forfeit due to an overpayment that I already paid but I’m still being penalized for the over payment even tho I don’t owe them any money I’m also trying to figure out weather or not I will receive retroactive payments because I’m not getting my unemployment benefits or the pandemic funds either everything is going to forfeit days

      1. I dont understand this i reopened my book and i was able to file and they kept 1st waiting week then it says i was over paid for 5 days and i have a four forfeit so they are keeping 16 days of my money 438 plus 600 for 4 weeks is that legal?

  20. Hi,
    I am in Ohio and I’ve exhausted my claim balance as of April 13. They did send the +600 two weeks ago separately. However, I’m confused on what I need to do to get the 13 week extension? Do I need to re apply, re open the claim?
    All the website says is I’ve exhausted my funds and no new claim can be filed. Please advise.
    I’ve called and called but stuck in the automated cycle is frustrating. Thank you so much for assistance.
    Victoria

    1. I am in the state of California and I have exhausted my benefits two weeks ago I am eligible for the 13 week extension due to not going back to work in May but I can’t re-open another claim because my claim has not expired yet so how do I go about getting the 13 week extension

      1. Dawn I experienced the same situation go to your regular unemployment file and see if they give you an option to fill out the initial questionnaire Pua app. for your extended pay finish that and then I believe just wait and it should automatically turn over… from my research it looks like after filling that application out and identifying who you are and your banking number they submit that about 3 days after receiving that information

  21. Pennsylvania residents are the 3rd most underpaid in the country living pay check to pay check as it was. Now they can’t get their checks for PU, UE, or stimulus.. this is out of control . Even if you have done everything right, work two jobs, pay your taxes, even filed in Jan 2020. Now it’s month 3 for this northern state who has been waiting for the Govt to decide something. Landlords will be throwing non payers out this month for sure right along with the cut off notices saying “PAY PAST DUE BALANCE NOW”, Pay with what? That’s right we the people where told don’t worry about bills; as that applied to the first month. GUESS WHAT: S%*@ hitting the fan now, people are loosing hope and they are out of time, patience, money. Where is this relief, we sit like dogs waiting for a scrap from our government. “SAD”

  22. I’m in Tennessee and I’ve exhausted my benefits when will the extension get added and when will I see a payment

  23. I was denied unemployment due to failing to reporting my earnings and did not appeal it in time because I didn’t receive the letter I have now appeal it but haven’t heard back from anyone a I still eligible under the Care act I haven’t worked in over a month I need the help

  24. How do you see what PEUC benefits have been paid out to individuals in the State of Florida? Will this extra benefit be kept track of on a person’s Unemployment site, for Florida it is the Connect system or UI Florida, will these payments show on any site showing paid and the date or upcoming dates when payments will be sent or when processed.

  25. Hi,
    I’m in Cali. I exhausted my claim balance April 12th. My last check did include $600 . However, I’m extremely confused on what I need to do to get the 13 week extension ? Do I need to re apply, re open my claim ??? Please advise.
    I’ve called and called . Emailed edd on 4/3 still no response :-(

    1. Mia, you need to reapply tomorrow. The Cal Edd page will be updated with the PUA application page tomorrow.
      you’ll have to do it online at http://www.edd.cal. gov

      1. I also am in the same situation as Mia and have exhausted my benefits but my claim doesn’t expire until November. It won’t let me file a new claim until this one has ended. I’ve called and worried so much it’s made me sick to my stomach. Please advise how to file when the system will not let me due to my claim status.
        Thanks,
        Broke and Almost Broken in Cali.

      2. I have the same issue and i tried to reapply it says i cannot until my claim ends with is 9/2020.. what do i do? how do i get the extension for pandemic assistance? im in the same boat as Mia

    2. Your extension will automatically renew. You don’t have to do anything; unless if you live in Cali Columbia, then you would not qualify for unemployment benefits unless if you worked in the United States.

      1. Thats not true, It did not automatically renew for me.. the payments stopped the moment my benefits ran out. and online it does not let you file a new claim until the other one ends… what do I do?

  26. Hairstylist and I finally got unemployment figured out during this mass layoff.Boss wants us to stop unemployment payments and say we went back to work. Dont know how to do that. She got a PPP loan and is going to issue checks based on a vacation check to us. Take our health insurance payments out of it and taxes and we get what’s left. Which is less than unemployment. Does this mean we got screwed out of the pandemic unemployment aid payments too ??

  27. Yes, I really wanting to know if, I could file for a stimulus text through my unemployment that I have received. And if so where do I go to file to do it. To receive a stimulus payment I’m not unemployment payment was it. If you can what are could you please message me back and let me know I would really appreciate it thanks so much William C Gibson.

  28. I live in New Hampshire but worked in mass contracting for the past 2 years, but then was layed off last year. I collecting MA unemployment until it was exhausted in January 2020…….When I tried to apply for the additional 13 weeks of pandemic unemployment through the Mass unemployment site, there is an option at the beginning of the application which says …Do you reside in MA. you have to choose yes or no…..I chose no because I live in NH…once I did that I got a message stating I am not eligible because I have to apply for unemployment in the state where I work. well I worked in Mass so why am I getting this error…… I tried calling the unemployment number a number of times this week, but it just keeps putting you in a loop and then hangs up on you. I have sent one of those form letters for them to notify me, but haven’t heard back yet…..is anyone else having this issue?

    1. No. You have to apply for unemployment benefits in the state that you live. They will process all the paperwork for you and get the money from the state that you worked in.

  29. I just got my last week of unemployment. I get 700 a week and this weeks check was 1300. I also got extra for my two last checks due to getting the extra 600.I also had to reapply for PEUC and that automatically kicked in the extra 13 weeks on my UI claim.

    1. did you have to wait until last unemployment check was received to apply for PEUC or did it automatically kick in.

    2. How did you reapply? i cannot figure it out, it does not let me. It says i cannot reapply until my claim ends in 9/2020… but my benefits have ran out mid april

  30. I work for a nonprofit in Minnesota. My employer reduced my hours as I was deemed essential. I filed for UI benefits but am not eligible because my weekly pay is higher than my calculated benefit. As I understand, I will not be eligible for any portion of the $600 federal stimulus? Isn’t this a loophole, in that people who are 100% unemployed are actually making more $ than they did employed, while people working reduced hours are actually losing money, with no compensation.

  31. Im in Tennessee can you tell me why i have not recieved the retroactive 600 extra unemployment added to my weekly unemployment benefits? Im owed the first week the extra 600 started on 4/5/2020? So how do i get that retroactive payment thats owed to me? Im only owe 1 payment because the 2nd week after the extra 600$ a week unemployment COVID-19 benefit i started receiving the extra 600$ but im owed the 1st week it started. How can i get my retro payment thats owed to me?? Im in Tennessee??

  32. I am self employed doing home improvements. I have not been able to aquire any clientele due to individuals don’t want strangers in their homes during this crisis. I applied for unemployment and was denied, yet told that I should be able to receive payment from the UI stimulus funds. Is that correct? Because I am unable to work because of Cov19.

  33. Hi,
    I got unemployment benefits till it ran out last year… As of March of this year I was working as a field worker in agriculture. Since the season was about to end, I applied for an office job, and after a great interview I was going to be hired. The season ended right as everyone stopped working. So I was not hired at the office. The owner of the business were I was set to work decided not to hire me and said would call me back once everything was back to normal… I applied for unemployment benefits on March 25th, And finally got an award letter stating my claim balance is zero. I wasn’t denied. So, now I am very confused.
    Do I qualify for the 13 week extension?
    Will they automatically give me the extension if I do?
    If they don’t, Should I re apply?
    Should I cancel my claim? (I don’t even know if I can)

    Im sorry, for all my explaining and questions. I just really don’t know what to do next, and have no one to ask. I have been calling California EDD for four weeks, and I have not been able to get through.
    I greatly appreciate your time, and your answers. Thank you.

    1. I’m going to answer my own question, since I was finally able to get ahold of a Edd rep..

      So, I didn’t qualify for benefits on March 25th, because the quarter wasn’t over yet. Now that quarter is over I was able to re apply for a claim going back to April 5th. So my claim started April 5th.
      I do qualify for the PUA. And I don’t have to ask for an extension (from last years claim) since I was able to get a new claim with my alternate base period.

  34. I am in Louisiana. I had an unemployment account already from last year between my previous restaurant closing at the end of and starting a new job Jan. 2nd. At the end of December I received a letter from the LWC that I needed to attend a reemployment training class by 1/14/20 to continue to receive benefits. I notified them of my upcoming start date, updated my employment status, and stopped applying for benefits. Now having been laid off for COVID-19, I reopened my claim and my weekly claims keep saying disqualified. I went back and found in my HiRE inbox a letter of judgment against me disqualifying me from benefits until November because I didn’t attend the class in January. I feel like with all of the requirements to look for work and the waiting week being suspended, it should override that judgment. I have not been able to get in touch with a human on the phone, but have emailed everyone who had an address listed on the website. This is ridiculous, I’m down to $20.

  35. Im self-employed and lost my job on March 20th 2020 and applied for unemployment on March 23rd, was denied, I appealed too. Still $0. The website says to reapply again since April 5th. How can I reapply if I already have an open case?

    1. I suspect your state system is not up to date yet with new guidelines. Keep checking as several states are still updating for the newly eligible group of workers.

  36. I live in TX- am collecting unemployment since Nov 2019 and will run out in 3 weeks- do I need to do anything to get the extension and the extra $600? On the website it says the extension applies if I qualify- how do I know if I do qualify? Please help as worried. Can’t get through on the phone to anyone..

  37. If a full-time student who is also employed as a server at a restaurant is in the high-risk category due to a medical condition and it is recommended he stay home, will he receive unemployment? He is still employed although only two people are working at the restaurant at a time due to closure of inside dining and only curb-side available. Hours are not offered to him and he is supposed to stay home. Thoughts?

  38. This is a different kind of question, but I applied and was approved and I opted for the US Bank Reliacard. It says it was mailed out on April 6. I have 4 weeks already claimed on it which were all approved but I still haven’t received my card. I spoke to someone today and I live in NE Ohio. It’s only coming from Columbus Ohio. She told me it should have come already but I have also been told the mail is running extremely slow due to the pandemic. So my question is…Should I continue to wait or should I put in for a lost or stolen card so they can replace? I am in dire need of these funds as I am a caretaker for both my husband who had 5 heart attacks and my 84 yr old mom who has lung cancer. So we are in desperate need of funds. My job shut down on St Patty’s day. I’m afraid to put in for lost or stolen card cuz with my luck it would show up the next day and then I’d be waiting even longer. Not sure what to do or how long it takes for the US Bank Reliacard to come via USPS….Anyone have any idea on this?

  39. I am collecting unemployment now and received also the extra $600 –
    There is a difference between a BENEFIT YEAR END DATE and a MAXIMUM BENEFIT BALANCE
    Okay so my question is …If my Benefit Year End Date is soon but I still have my 26 weeks in $$ in my balance do I have to File A New Claim before the BYE date or will the extension kick in with added weeks to my BYE date I’m confused- You use to have to File a new Claim and then benefits would continue Please help I cant get through to IDES (Chicago) Thank you so much!

  40. I was laid off of work 3/23/20 – 4/6/20 due to the coronavirus pandemic, I only got 1 week of unemployment and that’s it and no back pay, no extra 600 a week and it took my almost 4 weeks to get my money in the state of Tennessee, every time I tried to get ahold of someone at any office either they never answered the phone, picked up the phone and just hung it up, or it said they were experiencing high call volume call back later, I couldn’t get any help at all and now here it is in the fourth week of waiting all that time and all I get is 190 dollars and nothing close to what I’m owed.

  41. Sorry if this was already answered, but obviously everyone has their own unique situations… I received 26 weeks of unemployment benefits from the state of New Jersey from February to August 2019. I’ve remained unemployed. I’m assuming I’d be eligible for the 13 week extension, but I haven’t been able to get into contact with anyone from DOL to conform via phone or email so I’m getting antsy trying to see if this would even apply to me. There isn’t any specific info on their website outline extension eligibility such as cutoff dates. I’m a patient person, but it’s hard to to remain so with so much uncertainty. Any response is greatly appreciated:) Thanks for the time and assistance. -Josh

    1. Josh,

      The Texas website says all claims dated July 8, 2018 are eligible for 13 extra weeks of benefits. I would guess that most all states have similar conditions regarding eligibility for extended benefits. Hang in there.

    2. I am receiving Social Security and still working. will they deduct my SS from the PUC $600.00 per week ?

  42. Hello,

    I started driving for Uber/Lyft in Jan 2020 and stopped driving the last week of March. I didnt work at all last year. Will I get unemployment as I dont have a 1099 for last year , but I can show my earnings through the app.

  43. Hello I am in forfeit due to a job I didn’t let unemployment know I had. But I don’t owe unemployment any money so all of my funds are going to forfeit for 48 days after the 48 days is up will I recieve retroactive funds being that I don’t owe them any money or is it just a lost?

  44. According to the bill the 7 day waiting is supposed to be waived, yet here in Oregon they are still not paying us for the first week and issuing it as the mandatory waiting week. I’ve tried calling the main office but good luck on getting thru, what can we do????

  45. I was recently disqualified for unemployment in January. I have been driving for Postmates and desperately need financial help. I need to file for PUA. The MO unemployment website says my claim is still active and that I’m disqualified. Will I be
    Able to get benefits from PUA? I have negative money. I’m overdrawn in all my accounts. I have no credit cards. I have nothing. I’m scared. And I just need help figuring out what I need to do but I can’t find any answers anywhere. I’m trying not to clog up the MO unemployment office by calling so I thought I would try here. Any info on citizens who have an active disqualification on unemployment and how to get CARES Act assistance with that “disqualification” status would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  46. My unemployment claim ran out 2 weeks ago because of 0 balance before 26 weeks opened in December 2019 claim in Minnesota am I able to get 13 week extension

  47. I live in Texas and was laid off in June of 2019 and started my claim then. I received my first benefit check the next month. I received my “waiting week” or last benefit check the first week in January 2020. I have been unemployed the whole time and am still unemployed. Do I qualify for extended benefits from Texas and extra $600 from the government?

  48. My regular UI ran out in January of this year. I live in Texas and filed for my unemployment claim around June 16th, 2019. I received my first unemployment benefit check in July and then my “waiting week” or last benefit check the first week of January, 2020. I had been with the same company for 8 years. Again, I live in Texas. Will I be eligible for the 13 weeks of extended benefits and the extra 600 from the government?

    1. You will have to reapply and if you qualify for extended UI benefits you get the additional $600 payment

      1. Hi Andy, first thanks for writing this article and for responding. However, I am now confused. On Thursday at 11:02, member “K Smith” said their benefits expired in October of 2019 and asked if they were eligible. You responded “yes, but they’d have to re-apply. My regular UI expired in January of 2020 (after K Smith’s) and you didn’t tell me yes. You only said I need to re-apply and if I qualify, i’ll get the benefits. Has something changed between last Thursday and today?

        1. Also, Andy, at first for some reason it looked like my comment wasn’t approved because I already had an accounts associated with email address. So I created a new one texas2577 and basically asked the same question. Sorry to overload you during this time and thanks for your assistance.

        2. Sorry .. in some states you do have to reapply. Given the slow rollout I would strongly suggest you so check recertification needs with your local state agency. It may be safer to reapply if your benefits have expired. Things are fluid so I am having to update as we go.

        3. Thanks so much for the help. Again, I exhausted my regular UI first week of January 2020. The website says to call, however, it also says I can apply again for regular UI benefits in mid June of 2020. I had been there for five years. I have not been able to find a job since I left. Since I did work for basically the first half of 2019, would I be able to just get regular UI again at that point?

      2. My Texas UI website has not been updated to reflect anything. When I try to make a payment request, it says it’s been three or more weeks since my last payment request and I have to call. When I try to re-apply on the website, it says I have to call. Like everyone else, when I call, I can’t get through. In your opinion, will I be approved for benefits considering I filed my initial claim in June, 2019 and my benefits ran out in January, 2020?

      3. If you’re in Ca. there’s no portal on the edd website to re-open your claim for the extention + PUA if your benefits hit the 26-week mark.

  49. I have worked continuously at Cracker Barrel in Arizona since November 9, 2019. Prior to that I was a care giver for my Mother until her death June 3, 2019. The 5 months that followed I was taking care of arrangements for her estate. I received a letter stating that I do not qualify due to not having money in my base quarters. Is there any way to appeal or am I out of luck?

    1. Tough situation. But try and appeal on basis of COVID related reasons and you may get lucky on appeal

      1. I am self employed doing home improvements. I have not been able to aquire any clientele due to individuals don’t want strangers in their homes during this crisis. I applied for unemployment and was denied, yet told that I should be able to receive payment from the UI stimulus funds. Is that correct? Because I am unable to work because of Cov19.

  50. Hi Andy! Thank you for all of your updates, I’ve been trying to follow them closely.
    This morning I tried certifying for California UI and I recieved this message, “Maximum Benefits Paid”, and I was told that I could reopen a new claim when this year is up. However, I was led to believe that were would be an extension. Should I have not has certified already? Or has the rollout not actually happened yet, and there’s a possibility that the site isn’t updated yet. Thanks.

    1. Rollout is still in progress for CA for extended benefit timeline (adding 13 weeks). Hang in there

      1. Hello Andys2i Are you saying that if in Ca. I ran out of UI in Jan 2020 I will automatically receive the 13-week extension of UI and PUA payments? I won’t have to re-file?

      2. So if i received all my benefits as of 4/12 including 2 pademic payments, now it says 0.. how do i get the extension? Are you saying it will automatically extend and just hasnt yet due to california being behind?

        1. I am wondering the same thing. Despite the EDD claim that benefits will be automatically extended for 13-weeks, I received a notice from EDD that my benefits were exhausted on 4/25/20, I have a $0 balance and can not file again until July 29. Exactly how does the federal program affect the ‘pre-covid’ unemployed? It sounds like the 13-week extension will automatically kick-in (hopefully). How do we find out, for sure? Do any of us qualify for the additional $600/week? If so, Will this depend on a specific date-range our benefits ran out? Thank you

  51. What about call back dates I live in pa my call back date is april 13 but my unemployment doesn’t run out until may will pa kick me off on April 13th or will I be able to keep going

  52. I’m about to run out unemployment in may however my call back date is April 13th will pa keep paying me do to covid

  53. I have been on unemployment since November 2019 my call back date is April 13th my benefits run out the first week of may will I still get benefits past my call back date will pa override this and I keep filing do to covid crisis

  54. My unemployment exhausted in October of 2019, I worked for 2 weeks in November then was laid off. My COB date ends on April 7th, 2020. when I logged onto PA UI telling me to reopen my claim though it’s inactive and gives me a benefit year of January 2019 to Dec 2019. I went to active my claim but don’t want to move forward due to certain dates for eligibility.

    1. Yes. Retro to the beginning of this month or when your state agree to accept federal funding for the PuA program.

  55. I am still employed, but not working and not earning income. With the new rules I have applied for UI benefits and am waiting on the approval. However, my employer is working on getting the PPP to start paying their employees. This is only for 8 weeks and I don’t know when I will receive it, or if it will be retroactive. When I am approved for UI benefit and am filing my weekly claim, if my employer starts paying me again, will I still be able to receive the extra $600 if I continue filing UI, but claim what was received from my employer? Or am I having to forfeit the extra $600 if my employer starts paying me? Also, if I get retroactively paid from my employer, and I’ve already received the extra $600, when I have to pay back the State benefit, will I have to pay back the $600 too?

  56. Hi, been arguing with family and friends, they keep telling me that since I’m already collecting (since December 2019) that I won’t get the 600 enhanced benefit. Is this true? I know I’ve been answered before about this, but why is everybody so convinced I wont?

    1. I have the same question! I’ve been unemployed in CA since Dec. and still collecting. I can’t find anything about this on the Edd.ca.gov about this! It doesn’t make sense because we should qualify for the extra $600 due to not being able to find work during this pandemic and the state being on Lockdown. I would love to know!!!

    2. You will.. I was already receiving on week 7 of benefits. I started to receive and it was retroactive.

  57. Hi if I started getting unemployment February 5, 2020, will I get the additional 600.00?
    Thank you in advance.

        1. What if you are being charged forfeit days on your regular unemployment? Do they also have the right to keep the extra 600$???

      1. Do you know when California will roll out with the extended 13 weeks for pandemic assistance? my claim exhausted 4/12 and i got a $600 payment on 4/16 but nothing since then… Do i just wait ? I tried calling and cannot get through, I also tried to re-file but it will not let me and says i cannot submit a new claim until the other expires that is 9/2020. is the extension supposed to be automatic and how do i know if i am going to get it or not?

    1. The pua they talking about I got denied unemployment will I get for the pua I’m jobless cant work cuz stay at home order

  58. I had to quit my job because my parents watch my 3 year old and they have health risks and I cannot find childcare. Will I get ui benefits?

    1. Yes, that qualifies you because you had to quit due to health risks of COVID and had no childcare.

  59. I live in Texas and was laid off in Sept. 2019 and have unemployment for 1 yr. Will I get the additional $600 automatically and will I also get an extension of 13 weeks after my initial year (so 13 weeks after Sept. 2020)?

  60. I RECENTLY HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF HOURS AT MY EMPLOYMENT. I WAS APPROVED FOR UI, HOWEVER, MY FIRST WEEK I MADE MORE THAN THE UI AMOUNT I WAS APPROVED FOR, THEREFORE, I DIDN’T RECIEVE ANY UI FUNDS EVEN THOUGH I DID HAVE A REDUCTION IN HOURS. WILL I STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE $600 FEDERAL ADDITIVE? WILL IT BE THE DIFFERENCE? THE FULL AMOUNT? WHAT CAN I EXPECT? THANK YOU.

  61. so my husband has an outstanding overpayment he owes unemployment, will they offset the pua amount as well, or just the state amount

  62. If ive been unemployed since last summer without unemployment benefits do I qualify for unemployment now under the new covid relief

  63. My UI benefits of 26 weeks are up next week . I am in SEAP program in NYSTATE. My business is not up and running do to COVID 19 . Will I be able to just keep certifying for UI benefits for the additional 13 weeks ?
    Also will the 600 pertain to me as well ?
    Thanks

      1. Andy do you know when New York will start letting us claim our extension it says 4/5/20 but isn’t letting us do so?

        1. I think after 4/15. State UI agencies are running quite a ways behind

  64. I have not yet been laid off but expect so soon. Will the add’l $600 be applied if I file for UI in May or June? Reading the threads above, I am assuming it would only be applied thru end of July?
    I think my employer is applying for PPP but if retailers remain closed due to virus, she might not be able to keep paying us after Memorial Day.

    1. Currently the federal emergency funding that provides the $600 stimulus is only approved till July 2020. But given how things are going it is highly likely to be extended

  65. My UI benefits ended on February 26, 2020. I was in the Self Employment Assistance Program in NY. I was told to reapply, however when I enter my NYS GOV ID and get into my forms, it tells me I have exhausted all my benefits and will not provide an application to apply again. I contacted someone from SEAP and they told me to withdraw from the program as I never got to open my business due to COVID-19. I withdrew from the program today. Do you know how long before I can reapply

    1. You need to telephone the NYS unemployment office to reapply. It will take some time for systems and websites to be updated to reflect the new extended benefits.

    1. Unemployment benefits are taxed as income, so I would expect the enhanced benefit to be taxed as income also. I believe that most states offer you the option of having the state withhold (and pay on your behalf) the estimated amount of both state and federal income tax.

  66. Hi, if you don’t have an answer for me that fine please let me know Either way.

    I have a month left of his that started in December 19. Will I get the extension and increase, would it wise to not claim my last month until this is in affect?

    Please let me know

  67. Hi,

    I have about a month of UI, will I get an extension and the increase? Would it make sense to not claim last nite of my balance until this all goes in affect?

    1. Hey Mike: A little antsy, are you? (lol)
      I’m just a random person that stumbled onto this site and decided to offer some answers to folks, so forgive me if I didn’t stumble fast enough for your liking. (My point is that I don’t think there is anyone whose “job” it is to answer questions in forums such as this, so please exercise a little patience when you post a question to one.)

      Given that you are currently collecting unemployment, you should be automatically signed up for the extension, as long as you keep submitting your weekly claim, and that you will also automatically begin receiving the enhanced benefit. Keep an eye out for new information posted to your states unemployment webpage, and any potential correspondence through the mail.

      1. Well I asked the same question a few different ways, and other questions that were pretty obvious were answered. I didn’t realize this as a random forum, I thought the one writing the article had some 411, if not I apologize

        The main question was im about to run out of ui. I have about a month left, what if they don’t start this program before then and I run out, how will I get extended if I run out.

        Should I not claim my last few weeks so that I’m still active?

      2. Well I asked the same question a few different ways, and other questions that were pretty obvious were answered. I didn’t realize this as a random forum, I thought the one writing the article had some 411, if not I apologize

        The main question was im about to run out of ui. I have about a month left, what if they don’t start this program before then and I run out, how will I get extended if I run out.

        Should I not claim my last few weeks so that I’m still active?

        1. It’s easy to answer “obvious” questions, isn’t it?
          So…there are a number of “special features” to unemployment compensation right now. The first one that you should be aware of is the extension of benefits. That means that anyone who is currently receiving benefits will automatically receive an extension of the time that they are permitted to claim benefits. Presently, that is an additional 13 weeks. So you now have more than a month of benefits left.
          The second thing is the “enhanced benefit,” which will also kick in automatically. That benefit is for the time period beginning the week ending April 5 (the week we are in) until July 31 (a Friday).
          Now, it will take some time for states to get all of that set up, so you shouldn’t look for that to come along with this weeks usual unemployment payment, but it will be paid retroactively, so eventually you will receive it (for most, if not all, of the four months that it is being paid out.
          So, no, you should not stop claiming now. You should definitely keep claiming now.
          IF by any chance something goes screwy and you are not automatically extended, then you need to get in touch with the unemployment office. I think that answers all your questions? Let me know if it doesn’t.
          Good luck, Mike.

        2. Thank You very much for your time QZ. So in essence I don’t need to do anything, the extra 13 weeks will be added and the increase as well right?

          I have been checking same ole notes ” no extensions available right now” but that’s been there forever.

          You don’t need to reply I’m just talking to myself lol. Thanks again.

      3. I too have a month left and I am on the same page as Mike! It’s been kinda a grey area for those already receiving unemployment, you don’t have to be such a dick! Some people are worried about their livelihood like Mike and myself! Thank you for your response but honestly there no need for your haste!

  68. I was recently released from prison but I’ve worked the last 3 months. I was recently laid off due to the virus can I claim UI in Idaho

  69. My unemployment ended in October 2019.Would I be eligible for the extended benefits? If so how would I go about getting it?

      1. hey … ive been checking my website here in ny and calling and cant get through. but on the website im not able to reapply for extended benefits. mine ran out 3 weeks ago march 8th. how long does this take ?

        1. Hey Kyle- I know a number of folks that have been trying to get through on the telephone and are having a terrible time. Just keep trying.

  70. My UI Claim was just processed last week . I was laid off due to lack of work caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. I worked as a daycare provider in a child care center in Georgia. Am I eligible for the enhanced unemployment benefits?

    1. Hi Carla,
      If you are eligible for unemployment, you are eligible for the enhance benefit.

  71. I am a indépendant contractor, the filing does not pertain to anyone in my field since they just approved stimulus to include contractors/gig/ self employed but I still filed. If I get denied will the stimulus enhanced benefit up to $600 be available for me? It seems very unfair to deny this field of workers if they don’t meet the requirements during that allotted time.. they need to take into consideration work may be more or less depending on the contracts received.

    What to do if I am denied?

    1. Gina – From everything I read I see that you would get your state unemployment and the extended federal $600. You being a contractor means you are self-employed. I wish you success in navigating the process.

    2. I think that in this context, “contractors” means independent contractors, i.e. many of the folks who work for Google, Facebook, etc., that are not “employed” by Google, Facebook, etc. “Contractors,” as in people who hire other people on our behalf to build houses, remodel houses, etc., would either be small businesses or sole proprietors (self-employed).

      There is a formal process for appealing an unemployment denial. Go to your state’s unemployment website and carefully review the information contained in it. Somewhere there will be a section on appealing the denial of unemployment benefits. Read it carefully and follow all of the rules. Pay attention to time limits.

      I suspect you will not be denied, but if you are not eligible for the expanded unemployment benefit, you are also NOT eligible for the enhanced benefit.

  72. if I exhausted my unemployment benefits on January 10 2020 and are still unemployed…..can I get an extension for the 600.00?

    1. Hi Donna,
      You will almost certainly be eligible for the extension of regular unemployment benefits plus the enhanced benefit.

      1. Hi QZ and Andi,

        The Texas website says the “PEUC” or extended benefits apply to claims dated on or after July 1, 2019. I filed my claim on June 16th, 2019 but didn’t start getting payments until July and got my last benefit payment the first week of January, 2020. I realize I have to call them but like everyone else, can’t get through. However, in your opinion, when it says “claims dated on or after July 1, 2019”, is that referring to when the claim was started or if you had benefits available after that date?

  73. if I started collecting unemployment the 2nd week of January, will I be eligible for the extra 600.00?

    1. Yes. If you already get UI you will automatically get new stimulus payments and extended duration of benefits.

      1. I received my last California UI payment on March 28,2020, will i continue to receive benefits and extensions per the phase three stimulus bill since it was passed into law March 25, 2020?

        Thanks,

        1. Hi Gary,
          I would expect that you would qualify for the extension of regular benefits plus the enhanced benefit, but you may need to telephone the unemployment office as it will take some time for them to get their systems and webpages updated to reflect the new standards. It will be hard to get through; keep trying.

    1. The enhanced benefit went into effect this week, but it will take some time to get things in place and start paying folks. It will be paid retroactively, though, so if you are currently collecting unemployment, you will receive it eventually.

  74. My 13 weeks of benefits ran out at the end of February and I am having no luck finding a job during the national crisis.

    There is no prompt for an extension on my UI page, it just says, “maximum benefits paid.”

    When I try to file a new claim it tells me that I’m “ineligible at this time.”

    I can’t seem to get through to anyone during the 4-hour window, so what recourse do I have?

    1. Hi Darrek,
      It will take time for states to get their systems and websites updated so your only option at this point is to “keep trying” to get through on the telephone. I’m not sure what state you’re in, but right now all of the unemployment lines are overwhelmed. If you have only one four hour window per week, keep dialing during that four hours.

  75. My 13 weeks of benefits ran out at the end of February and I am having no luck finding a job during the national crisis. There is no prompt for an extension on my UI page, it just says, “maximum benefits paid.” Can I get an extension?

    1. State agencies are still processing the additional federal funds. Will be in your UI page/check soon

  76. Unfortunately my benefits ended March 3rd in the midst of our National Emergency. I still have access to the UI site with my pin, but there is no communication of an extension to be filed? Furthermore, I called and they know nothing of an extension? I have no income whatsoever…Please help
    I am eligible?

    1. Hi Cynthia,
      You are probably eligible. It takes time to get the systems and websites updated. I would think that most folks working at unemployment offices would have been informed of this by now, so keep an eye on the website, and try calling again next week.

  77. My wife does baby sitting at home does she qualify for unemployment benefits because of the virus going around

    1. I think that in this context, “contractors” means independent contractors, i.e. many of the folks who work for Google, Facebook, etc., that are not “employed” by Google, Facebook, etc. “Contractors,” as in people who hire other people on our behalf to build houses, remodel houses, etc., would either be small businesses or sole proprietors (self-employed).

      There is a formal process for appealing an unemployment denial. Go to your state’s unemployment website and carefully review the information contained in it. Somewhere there will be a section on appealing the denial of unemployment benefits. Read it carefully and follow all of the rules. Pay attention to time limits.

      I suspect you will not be denied, but if you are not eligible for the expanded unemployment benefit, you are also NOT eligible for the enhanced benefit.

    2. If your wife has been baby sitting at home casually (under the table), she would not be eligible for unemployment insurance. If she is set up as a formal business (even as a sole proprietor, using her own name), paying taxes, etc., on the income she earns, she should be eligible.

  78. I applied for unemployment due to my company closing because of covid-19 The amount of my benefit does not reflect the extra money we are suppose to get from the federal government so can I expect that the extremely low amount of my checks now will be increased? and will I be notified from unemployment as to how much it will be increased? I will have a very hard time making ends meet with the little I am getting as of now.

    1. Hi Anita,
      It will take some time for the states to get the enhanced benefit up and running, but it will be payed retroactively, beginning with the week ending April 5. The enhanced benefit is $600. I expect no matter which state you are in, that will help a lot. If you’re in one of the really low-paying states, it will help A LOT.

    2. Hi Cynthia,
      You are probably eligible. It takes time to get the systems and websites updated. I would think that most folks working at unemployment offices would have been informed of this by now, so keep an eye on the website, and try calling again next week.

  79. Question, I am a 68 year old living with my significant other who has heart disease and is a diabetic. I work full time for the US Post office as a clerk/counter position. I am extremely concerned and scared of contracting this virus at work. Can I quit and apply for UI until they have a vaccine for the virus?

      1. Hi Matthew,
        If you have been making payments toward the arrears, you might. If you haven’t been making payments, it seems unlikely.

    1. Hi Robert,
      If your significant other were working and a physician advised them to quit for the time being, they might be able to collect unemployment. (This would tend to be a state decision, though, so not a certainty.) It is unlikely though, that you would be able to quit your job on their behalf and be approved for unemployment.

      Your age is also a factor here. I think that states tend to deny unemployment compensation to folks that are eligible to collect Social Security. You are probably trying to hold off to age 70, and I respect that, but the government really doesn’t.

    2. Hi Robert,
      The unfortunate answer is: probably not. Unemployment insurance is intended for folks who are out of work “through no fault of their own.”

  80. I live in Utah but I am a contractor that went all over the US working. I cannot see how to file in Utah for unemployment with the new relief bill for contractors. I need advice on how to do this and they are so busy you cannot get through on the phone. Any advice would be helpful.

    1. Hi Stephen,
      I wish I could offer you better advise, or even a small kernel of actual knowledge about your situation, but it is complex given that you reside in one state, work in several others (for more than one company, I assume?), and independent contractors collecting unemployment is new. The only thing I can recommend is that you keep trying to get through on the phone. On the other hand, if you were working all over the country, but for just one company, you might be required to collect unemployment through the state that the company “resides” in.

      1. If you are not able to reapply through the website, you will need to telephone your states unemployment office.

  81. The railroad industry won enhanced unemployment benefits that account for its workers not being covered under traditional state-run unemployment programs. Railroad workers instead receive unemployment benefits under a program administered by the Railroad Retirement Board. The bill removes a seven-day waiting period to collect unemployment and provides $50 million to cover the benefits tied to that waiver. It also provides $425 million to double biweekly unemployment payments to $1,200 through July.

  82. I also want to know that if I am currently a claimant and I am working part- time and still have monies in my claim left, do I also qualify for the extra funds?

    1. Hi Karen,
      From what I can tell, if you are collecting unemployment, you will receive the enhanced benefit in addition to your regular benefits. I didn’t see anything in H.R. 748 that excludes folks that are working part-time and collecting partial unemployment benefits. (I assume your benefits are partial.)

  83. I just filed a claim for new jersey and it says I’ll be getting 713/weekly. With the extra $600 does that mean I’ll be getting $1,313/weekly for unemployment benefits???

    1. It hardly. It’s just saying some places are paying up to 600 over their max depending on your last salary. A person who lost a 55k a year job shouldn’t be only paid 430/week. They wouldn’t get the whole 600 more, but someone who lost ab115k job would

      1. The $600 more is IN ADDITION to what you are already getting. And it IS $600, regardless of your income. Some senators didn’t like the idea, since
        some employees would get more in benefits than they were earning as employees. However, the senate bill DID pass that way.

    2. Hi Karen,
      From what I can tell, if you are collecting unemployment, you will receive the enhanced benefit in addition to your regular benefits. I didn’t see anything in H.R. 748 that excludes folks that are working part-time and collecting partial unemployment benefits. (I assume your benefits are partial.)

      1. The above comment was supposed to be in response to Ray from New Jersey. I’ve done a lot of these this evening, so I guess my eyes are getting a bit tired.

  84. My Airline is reducing the work week 25% and thereof our monthly earnings. What I find ironic is that I will be making 32% more by staying safely at home and collecting unemployment. The other option is to take a leave of absence with no pay what so ever because I will not qualified for unemployment according to the Company.

    1. Yeah it is weird that they passed a bill that rewards people not working and punishes people who are still working.

      1. I wouldn’t say “punishes” people who are not working, but I agree that there is a great deal of inequity when you think about all of the folks that are still working. My sister was not happy to learn that the enhanced benefit by itself is about what she earns in a week, working full-time. She isn’t dealing with the public, thankfully, but she is still working and yes, right now she would earn more if she were laid off. My theory is this:
        1) Economics: It is cheaper to give everyone the same amount than to figure out what amount each person needs to have added to their regular unemployment benefit, to get them to their “full pay.” (That was the original purpose of the enhanced benefit.)
        2) Politics: Because each state sets its own unemployment compensation rates, states like Florida, which has a very low maximum benefit, would receive many more federal dollars than New York, which has a maximum benefit roughly twice that of Florida. To get a Floridian earning $800 a week in Florida to “full pay,” would cost the feds a lot more than getting a New Yorker earning $800 a week to “full pay.”

        1. Typo above; I meant to say, “I wouldn’t say that it punishes people who are still working…”

  85. I heard that if you became unemployed because of COVID 19, you would be eligible for the generous federal extended unemployment benefits, but if you qualified for the regular 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance, you would have to take that first. If that was the case, would the $600 bonus of the federal extended benefits apply to the 26 weeks of state benefits?

    1. There are a number of “special features” in unemployment compensation right now. The enhanced benefit ($600) is for four months only (April-July), but I believe it will be paid to everyone that is unemployed during that period of time.

  86. I am s self employed, sole proprietors of a hair salon. Will the stimulus package allow me to collect some unemployment since Ohio governor ordered salons to close?

    1. If you are already receiving unemployment, would you still receive the additional $600?

    2. You should receive that, plus the extension if you are still unemployed at the end of your initial claim.

      1. I have a open an open ui claim as of Feb 2020, am receiving the 600.00 weekly, but want to know if extension weeks are automatically added to claim as easily as the 600.00 was added

  87. Please help!!! Cannot find answer anywhere on the web or through my states dept of unemployment website(illinois)and cant get through to them via phone as their system is swamped.
    Is this new legislation(coranavirus stimulas) on unemployment extension to 39 weeks good for someone who’s unemployment ran out two months ago(26 weeks worth) and has nothing to do with coranavirus? Or am I completely out of luck as it probably only applies to recent claims having to do with coranavirus? Thank you in advance so much for possible help!!

    1. Hi John,
      You should be eligible for the extension. It will take some time to get systems/websites updated, but keep watching the states unemployment website for those changes, and in the meantime, keep dialing that phone number.

  88. Hi, I am looking to file unemployment in two different states. I currently live in Tennessee, but I made more money in California. It says to exhaust the state that I made more money in, but I read another article that says to file a claim in the state you reside in. So I am a little confused now to which one I should file in. Can someone help?

    1. “What” says to exhaust the state you made more money in? Usually you are required to file for unemployment in the state where you worked. (When I first began working, I lived in one state, but worked in another. When I was laid off, I had to file in the state where I worked, not the state that I lived in.)

      If you go onto the website of both states unemployment offices, there should be information to guide you. But if I were in your situation and wasn’t sure, I would start with the state that would pay me the highest benefit. Both states will take into account all of your wages for the past 5 quarters, not just the wages that you earned in that state.

  89. I also got denied benefits saying I didn’t make enough money in my base period, even though I’ve worked the past 11 months. What should I do now?

    1. Check the unemployment webpage of the state you are claiming in to find out what the minimum earnings in your base period was. (Though it might not matter at this point.) If you believe their determination is wrong, check the website for information on filing an appeal of their determination. Follow instructions and pay attention to time limits.

      It is also possible, now that they have changed some of the rules (temporarily) that if you file a claim once the systems/webpages are updated to reflect the new information, that you would be approved.

  90. My employer tells us not to apply for unemployment but use our vacation time. Is this part of H.R.6201

    1. Well. If you have a job you need to use vacation and sick time first. You can only apply for UI if you lose your income of your job. But best bet is to check your state website

    2. Hi Donald,
      I’ve answered a lot of these this evening, so I’m getting a bit weird in the head, which might explain why my response to this question is:
      IS YOUR EMPLOYER ON CRACK?!!
      I am so sure that he cannot force you to use your vacation time for this purpose. There is a forgive-able loan program available to many employers, the specific purpose of which is to keep folks on the payroll. Your employer can find information about that in H.R. 748. He can keep you all on the payroll for awhile and leave your vacation time intact. If he wants to bring back the same employees when his business re-opens, he really should rethink annoying all of them in this very particular way.

  91. Kevin, you should apply for UI in your state immediately. SSI is not involved in this and will not affect your payment.

    1. I live in Pennsylvania and I filed for unemployment when I lost my full-time job. I am also working a part-time job. I understand that I have to claim my part-time earnings, which is deducted from my unemployment benefits. Since I should be considered as “partially unemployed’, am I still qualified for the $600.00 extra per week?
      Thanks!

      1. I didn’t see anything in H.R. 748 that pertained to partial employment. It seemed to me that if you collect unemployment, you get the enhanced benefit.

  92. Ive worked for 8 months and I was denied benefits saying that I didn’t make enough money so…..what do i do now

    1. You don’t say when you applied. You can either appeal the determination of ineligibility or reapply. Look at your states unemployment website for instructions on how to appeal. Pay attention to the instructions and follow the deadlines. If I read H.R. 748 correctly, you should qualify now, even if the determination was correct when it was made.

      If you apply again and are again denied benefits, definitely appeal.

  93. I feel like there’s to many different things at once and I don’t know which one to go to. I do get SSI and I worked part time. I was told just today that I laid off! And won’t be able to pay all my bills! On top of that I’m a single parent with no support from my son’s mother! I just want to know if I Qualify for anything to help us!

    1. If you have been laid off you will qualify for unemployment as long as you meet the requirements of your state

      1. The fact that you collect SSI complicates this. I would still recommend that you try applying for unemployment, though. If you “have the stomach” for it, you can even appeal a determination of ineligibility. Eventually you might find someone who is able to see the injustice of your being ineligible and approve you for it. (That would take quite a bit of effort and probably more than a year to get through the process.) But if you apply, maybe they will approve it.

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