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Updated: 2020-09-14 17:00 EDT
The CARES Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
PEUC provides up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment insurance benefits under Delaware law or federal law and have no entitlement to regular unemployment insurance benefits under any other state’s unemployment insurance law.
You are eligible for PEUC if:
You have exhausted your benefits when:
If your UI claim exhausted or expired after 03/29/20 and you are currently receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI), you must re-apply to create a PEUC claim in our (PUA) system. This step is required in order to receive the extended 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.
Only after your traditional unemployment benefits (26 weeks) have exhausted can you re-apply for (PEUC).
To re-apply for the 13 weeks of extended benefits please visit pua.delawareworks.com.
Mandatory Weekly Certifications
Once you’ve reapplied for PEUC in our PUA system, you will now satisfy your weekly certifications at pua.delawareworks.com. Do not complete your weekly certifications by calling Telebenefits or Web Benefits as you were doing when receiving traditional UI benefits
You must visit pua.delawareworks.com to satisfy your weekly certification.
Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your prior UI weekly benefit amount. Your WBA is not recalculated. You will not receive a new monetary determination.
Yes. All individuals collecting any type of unemployment insurance benefits in a week, including PEUC, will also receive $600.00 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, up through the week ending July 25, 2020.
No. However, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Please visit our PUA FAQ’s for information. You must file a traditional UI claim and be denied before filing for PUA.
You may be eligible for 13 weeks of PEUC. Depending on when you last reported income, you may also be eligible for PUA after your PEUC eligibility ends. PUA provides benefits to those individuals who do not have enough wages in their base year to file a regular unemployment insurance benefits claim(UI) . Please visit our PUA FAQ’s for information.
The PEUC program provides eligible individuals with up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when you have exhausted your regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI). You may be eligible for 39 total weeks of benefits (26 weeks of UI and 13 weeks of PEUC).
PEUC is available through the week ending December 26, 2020. The additional $600 FPUC benefit is only available the week ending April 4, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020.