Unemployment compensation benefits extended 13 weeks

Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced this week that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.

The current extended benefits period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. Extended benefits (EB) will begin with the week ending July 4 and are payable only for weeks of unemployment DURING an EB period.

Important information about the EB program follows and will be sent by mail to all individuals who potentially qualify for the additional benefits.

You may be eligible for EB if:

  • You are totally or partially unemployed;
  • You have exhausted your regular state benefits on your most recent UC claim, or your most recent UC benefit year has ended; and
  • You have received the maximum amount of PEUC that you are eligible to receive.

Here’s how you will receive your EB:

  • If you collect the maximum amount of PEUC that you are eligible to receive, an EB Note of Financial Determination will be mailed to you.
  • You must complete your weekly EB online certification in order to claim EB for weeks that you are totally or partially unemployed.
  • Each EB online certification corresponds to one specific week, as indicated on the web form. Individuals who opt to use paper claim forms should only use the form that is specifically dated for the week of unemployment you are claiming.
  • If you do not receive your Financial Determination within two weeks after you receive your final PEUC payment, call the UC Service Center at 1-888-313-7284.

EB weekly benefit payments are the same as regular unemployment compensation. The total amount of EB you may receive is 50% the amount of regular UC you were financially eligible to receive. So, if you were financially eligible for 26 weeks of regular UC, you may receive up to 13 weeks of EB.

There is an additional wage test for EB eligibility, so not all individuals will financially qualify. And if you are entitled to Trade Readjustments Allowances, you may receive fewer weeks of EB.

More information and further resources are available through these links:

If you have any further questions about unemployment, or any other state-related manner, don’t hesitate to contact my office by phone at (215) 572-5210 or by email at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net.

Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,
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Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative

Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough