This article was last updated on December 22
Updated following passage of new $900 Billion Stimulus Package. Prior to the passing of the new stimulus bill with enhanced unemployment benefit funding, the answer was Yes. But now that the bill has passed, both PUA and PEUC programs have been extended by 11 weeks for a maximum of 50 weeks. This does not include any state extended benefits being provided in some states. The new funding extension means those who had remaining claim balances will get to keep them and get the 11 week extension after December 26th 2020. Those who had exhausted claim balances earlier in the year will get the additional weeks retroactively to when their balance ran out. See more on how these retroactive payments would work in this article.
Note that the new funding extension is only till March 14th 2021, so if you have weeks left after this point then unless there is another stimulus bill for more pandemic unemployment funding you would then lose any unclaimed weeks.
[November 2020 update] Unfortunately yes. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program’s federal funding (under CARES act) have a hard stop once individuals meet their maximum number of weeks or by the week ending Dec. 26.
So even if eligible recipients have a balance or weeks of benefits left at the year end expiry date, and millions of unemployed workers will be in this boat, they won’t be getting these payments in 2021 unless Congress extends unemployment benefits via a new COVID stimulus package.
The largest share of affected workers with expiry of these federal programs are in California, Texas and New York, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania
Extended state benefits may however be available to some unemployed workers in states where unemployment rates are higher than pre-specified thresholds (see below for further details). See more details here.
2020 to 2021 Retroactive Unemployment Benefits
The year end expiry of PUA and PEUC benefits will also likely mean that payment of any retroactive supplementary benefits under the $600 FPUC and $300 LWA programs will also be unavailable for new claimants who may have been eligible for these programs when there in effect. The payment of further supplementary unemployment benefits will again be dependent on Congress passing a new stimulus bill that includes additional unemployment insurance funding.