Written by Hannah Schmidtler
The Employment Development Department is prepared to offer extended unemployment benefits, providing millions of struggling Californias with needed assistance. Under the law signed by the president on December 27th, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) will be extended an additional eleven weeks. Those who qualify for the benefits extension will receive an additional payment of $300 in Federal Additional Compensation. The extension covers claims starting December 27, 2020, through the week ending March 13, 2021.
The next phase of benefits will be implemented this weekend. New claims can be filed on Monday. When benefits are granted, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will contact applicants through email, text, or mail about applications for pandemic unemployment insurance and pandemic emergency unemployment compensation. The Employment Development Department explains that the next phase of benefits will “include those who exhausted their claims for these benefits prior to the end of the federal CARES Act but now could become eligible for the new additional 11 weeks of benefits starting with the week of December 27.”
Pandemic unemployment insurance has also been extended to provide benefits to business owners, the self-employed, independent contractors, and others who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance. The department of labor will provide guidance on how to implement these extensions. Individuals who qualify under the recent PUA extension must provide proof of employment or self-employment to receive benefits
PUA pandemic unemployment insurance applies to those who do not qualify for traditional unemployment insurance and included up to 57 weeks of unemployment insurance
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provides an additional 24 weeks of benefits to those who have exhausted their previous 26 weeks of benefits under traditional unemployment benefits.