Millions of Americans have been affected by the #Coronavirus since the initial outbreak. The record high number of business closures and layoffs has left more workers unemployed than we could have imagined.
As a result, the federal government has established programs to provide assistance, including the $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law in late March. However, regular unemployment compensation benefits do not always provide enough support given the extraordinary economic challenges. As the situation continues, there have been more emergency programs developed to provide additional relief to affected Americans such as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.
FPUC is an emergency program established by the CARES Act to provide an additional $600 per week to individuals who are collecting regular unemployment because of COVID-19.
To apply for FPUC, you must file a claim for regular benefits with the unemployment insurance program in the state you worked. To see your state’s process, take a look at our unemployment resource center.
Under the FPUC program, states will distribute an additional $600 weekly payment to eligible recipients. This includes Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX) as well as those collecting benefits from these programs:
Payments will date back to either your eligibility date or the date your state signed an agreement to provide the FPUC benefits, whichever is later. Unless the program is extended, FPUC benefit payments will end after July 31, 2020.
Important to know: Under the CARES Act, states that waive the one-week "waiting period" for benefits will be fully reimbursed by the federal government for benefits paid that week, plus any associated administrative expenses.
While some people may be tempted to stay on unemployment as long as possible instead of returning to work, you must be careful about that approach. According to the Treasury Department’s FAQ: "Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation.”
In other words: if you refuse to go back, you could lose your unemployment insurance.
Jumping back into the search can be a nerve wrecking decision. But, we’re here to support you! Take a look at some of these resources to help you out.
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