ALBANY, N.Y. – The federal government has extended additional pandemic unemployment benefits for those who are eligible.
The programs extended include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides benefits for those not covered by traditional state unemployment insurance; Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which provides additional weeks of benefits after the allotted 26 weeks; and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which provides all New Yorkers receiving unemployment benefits an additional $300 weekly payment.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says eligible New Yorkers will begin to receive the extended benefits next week.
"This pandemic has created an unprecedented economic crisis, and New Yorkers have waited in uncertainty for far too long,” he said. “I have repeatedly called on the federal government to do the right thing by renewing critical benefits to support millions of unemployed families through to the end of this pandemic - and now that Washington has finally acted, New York is immediately delivering those funds.”
Below are the details on each program:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - New Yorkers can now receive up to 57 weeks of PUA benefits, with the program extended from the week ending Jan. 3, 2021 through March 14, 2021. New Yorkers currently receiving PUA should continue to certify as usual and will continue to receive their benefits. According to the federal government, additional eligibility documentation will be required beginning Jan. 31, 2021. The Department of Labor will directly contact claimants who need to provide additional documentation.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation - New Yorkers can now receive up to 24 weeks of PEUC (up from the 13 weeks originally authorized in the spring) with the program extended through March 14, 2021. New Yorkers who have exhausted the 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance should continue to certify as normal and will automatically receive up to 24 weeks of PEUC. Individuals who previously exhausted the original 13 weeks of PEUC and transitioned to the Extended Benefits program will begin receiving extended PEUC benefits after they exhaust their EB benefits. The Department of Labor will automatically handle these program transfers.
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation - New Yorkers' FPUC benefits will resume the week ending Jan. 3, 2021 and will last for eleven weeks. During that time, all New Yorkers who are receiving unemployment benefits — including traditional state UI, Shared Work Benefits, PEUC, EB, or PUA — will receive an additional $300 payment per week. Per federal guidelines, FPUC benefits will not be backdated, and can only be provided starting the week ending Jan. 3, 2021.
According to the NYS Dept. of Labor, those currently receiving benefits do not need to call the DOL to receive these extended benefits, they can just continue to certify each week as they normally do. Those whose unemployment benefit year has ended should reapply online.
To receive extended federal benefits:
➡️ If you previously exhausted your benefits, you can begin to certify again this weekend.
➡️ If your benefit year has come to an end, you can reapply for benefits at https://t.co/8EjSeFbmYd.
— NYS Department of Labor (@NYSLabor) December 29, 2020