Additional Federal Unemployment Compensation is Now Available in Pennsylvania

April 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – April 14, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced today that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments created with his support as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are now available to Pennsylvanians.

Many Americans desperately need relief while they and their families sit out the Coronavirus shutdown,” Congressman Doyle said today. “I’m pleased that even as the state Office of Unemployment Compensation is beset with an unprecedented number of new claims, it has acted quickly to implement the provisions passed in the CARES Act to provide additional economic relief to Americans who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have much more work to do to get the virus under control and then get people back to work, but rolling out this financial assistance quickly will do a lot to support families struggling to make ends meet. I will continue to monitor the implementation of the CARES Act and work to clear any bottlenecks that arise on the federal government’s end.”

Congress passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Among other provisions, the CARES Act created the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program to provide workers who have lost their jobs an additional $600 per week through July 25, 2020.

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation is making the first Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments. All eligible claimants who filed a biweekly claim for the week ending on Saturday, April 4, and received their regular payment should expect to receive the additional $600 either Tuesday, April 14 or Wednesday, April 15. Other eligible claimants who have not yet received their regular payment should expect to receive the $600 the week after receiving their first Unemployment Compensation payment. Pennsylvanians who already receive unemployment compensation will receive this $600 separately from their biweekly benefit and do not need to reapply. More information is available online at https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/FPUC-FAQs.aspx.

The CARES Act also authorized the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program to provide unemployment benefits for independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed individuals – who are not usually eligible for unemployment compensation. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is currently building an online platform to allow workers to apply for these benefits. According to a press release from Governor Wolf, eligible individuals should be able to start applying for those benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. More information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in Pennsylvania is available online at https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/PUA-FAQs.aspx.

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