How do I qualify for the additional monetary benefits from the federal government?
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has passed legislation to provide additional payments to claimants receiving unemployment insurance on top of claimants’ regular Weekly Benefit Awards. Below is a summary of the different laws that were passed, when they were in effect, and how much they provided in additional benefits to claimants receiving unemployment insurance. For more information, visit: https://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/coronavirus-2019/cares-act.htm.
Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) provides all regular UI and PUA claimants with an additional $600 per week in compensation on top of their usual calculated benefit, for the weeks from March 29, 2020 through July 25, 2020. PUC is a flat amount automatically provided to those on UI or PUA, including those who were receiving a partial unemployment benefit check. PUC applies to claims that are successfully backdated to account for weeks of unemployment between March 29 and July 25, 2020.
The Lost Wages Assistance Program (LWA) provided eligible claimants on UI and PUA with an additional $300 per week, for up to 6 weeks, on top of their weekly UI benefit amount. The payment was for weeks of unemployment between July 26 and September 5, 2020. This was only available to claimants who certified that they were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 and had a weekly benefit amount of $100 or more. In order to qualify for LWA, all eligible claimants had to submit their certifications by December 26, 2020.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provides an additional $300 per week, also known as the “federal bump,” beginning after December 27, 2020, and ending on or before March 14, 2021, for up to 11 weeks of unemployment. No individuals will be eligible to receive FPUC in any week after April 5, 2021. Claimants on PUA also receive the additional $300.
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) provides an additional $100 per week, beginning December 27, 2020 and ending on or before March 14, 2021, to certain “mixed earners” who received at least $5,000 per year in self-employment or independent contractor income, but were eligible for regular UI benefits and so could not receive PUA.