By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
As the states have gained experience administering the temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program under the CARES Act, they have identified questions about aspects of the program's operation. The purpose of a new UIPL issued by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is to address those questions and provide further guidance about the PUA program authorized by section 2102 of the CARES Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-136) and to provide instructions for completing Form ETA 9178-P, Quarterly Narrative Progress Report – Employment and Training Supplemental Budget Request Activities.
CARES Act creates temporary PUA program. On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which includes the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act set out in Title II, Subtitle A. Section 2102 of the CARES Act created the a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance that, in general, provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits, and provides funding to states for the administration of the program. An individual receiving PUA benefits may also receive the $600 weekly benefit amount (WBA) under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program if he or she is eligible for such compensation for the week claimed.
Questions and answers provided in guidance letter. The Department hosted a webinar with states on April 8, 2020, to discuss UIPL No. 16-20. It went over key provisions of the PUA program. A recording is available under the “Events” section on the Unemployment Insurance Community of Practice on WorkforceGPS (https://ui.workforcegps.org/). Attachment I contains answers to certain questions received during the webinar and through the Department's designated e-mail on all COVID-19 related inquiries ([email protected]). Attachment II provides a reference table for how to calculate the WBA for PUA.
Supplemental budget request project status tracking. The form ETA 9178-P is intended to be a monitoring instrument used by ETA to track a grantee's progress toward completing project activities related to the supplemental budget request funding provided to states under section 4(e) of UIPL No. 16-20 (UIPL 16-20, Change 1, April 27, 2020).
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