Updated: 2021-01-29 10:00 EDT
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On December 28, 2020, the President of the United States signed the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (CAA). This legislation extends the UC programs created by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into 2021. The CAA also added a new unemployment program – the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation program (MEUC) for certain unemployed individuals engaged in self-employment.
For weeks ending 01/02/21 through 03/13/21
Delaware began paying the extra $300 on January 4, 2021. This was the first week the benefit could be paid. Beginning the week ending January 2, 2021 (paid out to eligible claimants the following week of Jan. 3-9, 2021) and all eligible weeks through March 13, 2021, individuals will receive the extra $300 FPUC for all weeks they receive UC, PEUC, Extended Benefits (EB), or PUA benefits.
Individuals will receive the $300 FPUC for all weeks they receive unemployment compensation, PEUC, EB, and PUA, beginning the week that ends on January 2, 2021, and all eligible weeks through March 13, 2021.
No. The $300 additional FPUC payment will be automatically added to payments each week a claimant is eligible regardless of the program they are on (UI, PUA, PEUC or EB).
PEUC provides for an additional 11 weeks of benefits beginning with weekending 1/2/21 through 3/13/21 Individuals who are receiving PEUC at the end of the program, and who have not yet exhausted their PEUC entitlement at the end of the program may continue to collect PEUC for any week in which they have remaining entitlement and are otherwise eligible. However, no PEUC is payable for any week beginning after April 5, 2021.
The $300 FPUC benefit is only available beginning the week ending January 2, 2021.
Yes, all individuals who are eligible to receive regular UC, PEUC, EB, or PUA beginning the week ending January 2, 2021 will receive the $300 FPUC per week.
The extra $300 FPUC per week will not affect eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP.
Please note that the extra $300 FPUC per week will affect eligibility for SNAP.
Yes. If you qualify for at least $1 in UC, PEUC, EB or PUC benefits for the week, you are eligible to receive the $300 FPUC benefit.
Yes, FPUC is taxable. If you have elected to have federal taxes withheld from your UC, PEUC, EB or PUA benefit payment, we will withhold 10% from the FPUC payment as well.
If you are currently filing on an existing claim, you do not need to take any further action or call the department. Please continue to file your weekly certification. Changes as a result of the COVID-19 relief bill will be automatically updated on your claim and we will keep you informed of potential eligibility.
If you are currently filing on an existing claim, you do not need to take any further action or call the department. Please continue to file your weekly certification. If you have not yet filed a claim, you must first apply for traditional unemployment compensation. Initial claims can be filed at UI.Delawareworks.com. If you are not eligible for traditional UC benefits, you may be eligible for PUA benefits. If we believe you are eligible for PUA, you will receive a letter informing you of how to apply for PUA benefits.
Related Topics: CARES Act, COVID-19, Extended Benefits, File a claim, Frequently Asked Questions, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Unemployment Insurance