Why $300 Unemployment Payments Are Delayed For Those Who Have Exhausted PUA and PEUC Benefits

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This article was last updated on January 8

I have noticed several comments and the mixed messages people are receiving from state unemployment agencies saying that they have rolled out the new weekly $300 FPUC payment, but yet many claimants won’t get this payment for several weeks! Especially those who exhausted there benefits before December 27th, 2020 (or December 26th in some states). This was the date that funding for the PUA, PEUC and EB programs ran out under the CARES act which funded these programs in the first place before the COVID relief extension was passed to extend UI benefits.

The mixed messaging and delays in payments you may be experiencing is likely due to the fact that to get the $300 FPUC supplementary weekly payment, which was relatively easy to implement since $600 FPUC was in place last year and only the amount has changed, you need to be able to enroll in the extended PUA or PEUC program weeks. This is because you need to show $1 of underlying existing unemployment benefits to get the supplementary $300 weekly payment. Unless you can certify for your standard unemployment weekly, you won’t get the $300 payment which is automatically applied by state agencies that meet this criteria.

So the issue actually is due to delays with states implementing the PUA and PEUC programs that have had some new changes and criteria under the new law, e.g. additional documentation, or you need to use PEUC before PUA. So this has meant claimants who exhausted PUA or PEUC benefits before Dec 27th, cannot file/certify for the weeks which extended coverage is available. And as a result don’t get the $300 either because it cannot be paid because you need to have $1 of UI under PUA or PEUC to get the $300!

The vicious cycle won’t be resolved until state UI agencies update their system for the new PUA and PEUC, which will determine if people have to apply again or automatically re-enroll for benefits under the extended coverage period (December 27th, 2020 to April 10th, 2021). So for those who have exhausted benefits and want to re-enroll or reapply for benefits you will just need to wait for your state UI agency to make system updates. You will be retroactively paid or made whole for eligible weeks during the extended benefits coverage period.

In addition to the above, here are some useful tips to those who have exhausted their benefits and waiting to file a new claim:

  • Pay attention to the determination letter, notice or (UI portal) tab. Claimants only have a fixed time (30 to 60 days depending on state) to protest or appeal a decision from their state’s Unemployment Agency. If you miss this window you will have to go through a more arduous appeal process.
  • Continue to certify regularly (weekly in most states) if you’re disputing a determination. If you win your appeal, you’ll be paid for the weeks you certify. If you don’t certify it can be a paid to get in touch with someone at your state agency to back date your certifications. Most states don’t have an automated way to do this.
  • Read the questions when you certify. Answering questions inaccurately, even by accident, could lead to trouble with your claim. Slow down. If you are out of work because of the pandemic, make sure to explain why.
  • Don’t believe fraudsters asking for your personal information because they can expedite your claim through some magic channel. They cannot and it’s a scam to get your private information and likely hijack your benefit payments.

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23 thoughts on “Why $300 Unemployment Payments Are Delayed For Those Who Have Exhausted PUA and PEUC Benefits

  1. Ive had no issues with my unemployment in florida, it switched over fine from dec 27th and i got the first 300 payment with my week of jan 2. But now i just did the next two weeks and got that payment but not the 300’s for it and dont understand why if ive already recieved the first one.

    1. Same here! Received the first $300 for the week of dec 27,2020- Jan 2, 2021 and $0 since then, PEUC got deposited this night as expected (2nd time this year). There is no indication on Connect UI if $300x2weeks will reach my account :( some online sources say smth like “there may be delays with FPUC payments, because some states haven’t adjusted their systems yet”. But FL released this payment to me once already, so I assume FL’s system IS actually ready… desperate to get this supplemental payment

  2. I am in North Carolina and talked to agent this am about what do I need to next if I exhausted my benefits on December 6th but my claim says pending now !!! I am so confused and need this money bad! Please let me know Andy if you know anything about NC! Thanks

  3. No articles are specific as to those who are PEUC exhaustees effective DEc. 26th but do not qualify for EB in their state. I’ve fallen into a category that has no details after reading dozen of articles. Can you please explain? Thanks

  4. Information Technology is a vicious area with most individuals having little to no experience in the banking arena. Having hired “geeks” showing little business know-how does not help. This scenario as follows (the players – some standing in the way):
    The Business: State run agencies having few programming specialists (deep pockets hire from India). Risk Management: requiring self-attestation to prevent fraud – poor coordination with IT Security – requiring dual authentication techniques – read – ID.me. Finance Dept: playing expert in regulatory guidance preventing early distribution of funds. System programming group using legacy systems designed to default to – no not allowed at null or minus null.
    Translation? The computer systems will not allow a start at 0 for those having run out of benefits. Reprogramming this function is a nightmare. It will force users to reopen a claim or start a new claim which is not the intention per regulatory guidance. Guidance calls for another extention (of 11 weeks).
    Resultant Change: Force all those with expired claims to $1.00 of existing claim benefits, forcing computer systems into extension mode, not new claim mode.
    The longer IT waits the longer the nightmare continues as backpay calculations become more difficult to rollout (on effective date – read Sundays) not to mention the worst of it all, getting buy in from Finance for the simple $1.00 addition. Cheating computer systems is somewhat easier than forming logic. Humans tend to forget they are smarter than the machine.
    Don’t put me in charge, I fire people at will!

  5. Northam needs to go. This is sad. Virginia is still in implementation? People has been put on the run around. First you can file on Gov2go then you have to call. The system won’t allow you to file unless you call VEC but you can’t get. Representative on the phone. I’ve heard several representative say We are learning as you are learning. Then what kind of system does Virginia have that we’re in a Pandemic and that’s the response people are getting as they re struggling to survive. I really think Northam must GO!!!!! HE hasn’t taken any control of this situation at all! That bill was signed 2weeks ago. They are stringing Virginians along. He needs to go. Fast!!!!

    1. So why is it’s the governors fault? The hold up appears to be due to the feds. Changing the original program and the states are now trying to figure out how to make sense of the mess. The fed mess things up and the states are made scape goats. Can you day vaccines?

  6. This is so sad what Virginians are going through. Northam needs to go. Won’t get my vote this year. The Chief of Department of Labor needs to be replaced. This is kaois. This is a situation where you can’t blame Trump but your local Government officials should be held responsible. They had plenty of time to fix the glitches while Trump was playing mind games during a pandemic. All politians tell the American people what they want to hear. I’ve been noticing actions and I no longer believe that Our Governor has our best interest at heart. They knew people were relying on that unemployment because 600 dollars can not maintain a household/family. I’m highly disappointed in Virginia and Our Governor and the Head of Dept of Labor. This is disgusting. Do not re-elect that man. He does not care about Virginians at all.

  7. I live in California
    I have not exhausted my benefits.
    However, the system is not allowing me to certify.
    Is EDD still updating their systems? Or do I suppose to Re-Open a new case?
    Or just wait…
    All this is soo confuding

  8. Hi there. I live in Nebraska and my benefits ran out on December 26, 2020. I can still certify and the claim runs through March 2021. After certifying I get the following message:
    “Federal law in conjunction with Nevada State law dictates that no more than 39 payments of the combined programs of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Extended Benefits (EB) can be made to an individual in 2020. You have reached this threshold and there will be no more payments forthcoming to you.”

    For some reason it says Nevada instead of Nebraska. I am wondering if that is true about not getting more than 39 weeks and whether I will get the $300 FPUC or not.

    1. Looks like Nebraska has not updated their systems for extending coverage and payment for PUA recipients. You are Eli’s for the $300 (including retro payments to dec 27th) for all weeks you certified. Will just need them to update systems. And the name mistake means they are using the same IT folks/developers as Nevada (which is not a great sign given how bad Nevada UI systems have been)

      1. In nevada u can recive up to 39 weeks of pua after the
        39 weeks u keep claim open and if u want to call t reapply so be it it keeps same information u use to update if needed then thir is a box reason u apply on expired u put im apply for extension of 6 weeks. Then it will pay u 6 more total 46 .weeks once that is dissolved u file new claim for 2021 and u get 4 more weeks . Total 50 . N my case dec 26th .2020 I had 2 weeks remaining in 46 weeks so only now I’m getting it starting with Jan 12th. 21 thir is a 2 week gap b4 u can do weekly claims form .hope this answers r question and yes u do get the extra 300$ in nevada if ur still getting benifts when the max weeks run out no more 300$.but I herd thir is other program after pua for self employed gig .. that don’t qualify for reg ui or euc or br .. not sure of the code if any body knows please help

      2. Andy,
        Again, thank you so much for what you do for all of us!! Your the best!! I was hoping you could clarify something to the best of your knowledge. With this new proposal of the American Rescue Plan, I realize that it is still in its infancy stage, isnt approved, and hasnt even yet been brought up for a vote or language even finalized. With that being said, I know everything that I’ve read thus far, states “extended unemployment benefits” would be included and I know that as of now that extension means $400 fpuc until September(extended from march) tentatively from what I’ve read. What I don’t know, and hoping you could give me your best educated guess, has it been mentioned or possible that for those of us who have exhausted everything(regular ui, peuc, extended benefits, and now supposedly 11 additional weeks of peuc whenever states get around to giving it(here in Illinois still nothing yet), is it possible or even probable that benefits could possibly even be extended further via something like peuc being extended past the current 24 weeks, or when they say “extended unemployment” are they simply referring to extending the fpuc($300 a week now/$400 what Biden is proposing until September) just for people who already have remaining weeks left? Or is it possible they would extend peuc past the current 24 weeks so we that have exhausted everything could also receive the additional $400 fpuc that biden is proposing? I hope what I wrote is clear enough that you understand what I’m asking. If not I apologize as I realize it’s a bit convoluted but didn’t know how else to explain it. You have no idea how much your expertise and your knowledge and opinion would mean!! Thank you in advance my dear friend and hope you and your family are well!!

  9. I’m from FL and pua expired for me on 12/27 so now system switch me to regular unemployment so now I’m not eligible for that… WTF I just live in America with no help!

    1. You will get it, just that GL has not rolled out the updates for the new PUA extension program (due to additional documentation requirements). Its a slow process there. See more in this video I posted on this very issue (and a call out to FL at the end) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyZCcicUf4o

  10. Kicked over to regular UI after PUA exhausted now Im stuck just waiting for any update or anything really. Cant claim anything with a balance of 0 since I was kicked back to regular UI that im not eligible for since always been self employed. Now I just wait and hope they catch me up on payments missed while others are collecting.

    1. me too jeff, mine went back to reg unemployment. im in florida, and mine wont do anything at all. i called they said you just have to wait for the update. no telling how long they said. mean while, i will sit…. with no income at all now……. with three kids.

  11. Someone got in my pua and reopened a new claim and it said not to do anything and my old claim still had a few thousand left on it and the new claim shows nothing please help me fix it to be back to my claim before Dec 26 ….I really need that left over money and the extension please please help me fix it

  12. I have spent hours and hours every day since Dec 27 when the CAA was signed into law. My situation is like many who were on PUA under CARES in 2020 – in that I have no documentation. That was a big part of why PUA was created in the first place – so that people who were self employed or gig workers with limited history or income would be able receive help. I knew that I would never be able to magically create any such documentation, so with the new requirement – I have tried and tried to get an answer about what I am supposed to do. I have had several phone calls and chat sessions with NC DES (I am in NC), and as of this morning Jan 9 – they have updated my account page and now everything appears as it had for 39 weeks in 2020 – ready for me to certify. But I don’t have the information about whether I can – or am supposed to – or what will happen with none of this new CAA documentation – which is not explained, detailed or clarified anywhere. If I don’t certify today, I will lose that weeks link and miss out on money I desperately need. I have been using the PUA payments for all of my expenses and am not – even though I am homeless – on any other assistance including SNAP or rental assistance (that came too late for me). I will starve or freeze to death without the money but am afraid of being told I am committing fraud or be told I have to pay it all back and then (when I won’t be able to) have either my credit ruined, be charged with criminal charges, or something else terrible. What are people like me supposed to do?

  13. Hi so I’m from Mississippi and I’ve only received a month of unemployment and my COVID claim says inactive but has almost $4000 in it. I was on PUA then they switched me to regular ui amd that claim is active. But I am not sure why my COVID claim is inactive with a balance. But I already received one payment of the $300 but not sure if I’ll still get in and why my covid claim is inactive

    1. Im not sure why you were switched from one claim to the next but in my experience, during last summer after being denied regular UI, I was placed on PUA and receiving benefits. After waiting hours on hold, I reached an agent with questions on why I was denied reg UI since I worked 2 jobs with plenty income and to refile for UI. I was told by the agent that I can refile if that’s what I want but you can’t have 2 active claims. You will either receive regular UI or you will recieve PUA, or whatever other existing claim you were approved for, but you can’t receive from both even if it shows exsiting funds still available to you. Also the PUA program is supposed to be for the people who aren’t approved for reg UI or who have exhausted there UI funds.

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