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Emergency Unemployment Benefits

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced Saturday that it will begin issuing Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits this week following the new extension of federal CARES Act funds.

“Since receiving the information we needed from the federal Department of Labor two weeks ago, L&I has worked as quickly as possible to update our processing system so PEUC claimants can resume filing for benefits,” said Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier.

“We know that more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians were actively receiving PEUC when the program ended in December. Our team has worked tirelessly so we can begin issuing payments to the out-of-work claimants and their families who need them during this global pandemic.”

PEUC provides additional claim weeks to workers who have exhausted their regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. Claimants are automatically enrolled in PEUC after they have reached their maximum claim weeks for UC.

Since the program has been extended, below is a list of additional information for those enrolled to receive PEUC benefits:

You can file for the additional 11 claim weeks during your biweekly cycle beginning Saturday, January 23.
If you had some of your original 13 weeks left over on December 26, you will also receive the additional 11 weeks on Sunday.
If you were being paid on the Pennsylvania’s Extended Benefits (EB) program before December 26, 2020, you MUST complete your EB benefits before the additional 11 weeks of PEUC can be added to your claim.
You will automatically receive the extra $300 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – you do not need to take any action to get this boost.

For more information, visit the Department of Labor and Industry website

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