By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
UIPL 14-21, Change 1 has been issued to advise the states of the operational requirements after the temporary unemployment benefit programs authorized under the CARES Act end.
The temporary unemployment benefit programs authorized under the CARES Act expire on September 6, 2021, and include Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). Full federal funding for the first week of compensable regular unemployment for states with no waiting week also will expire on September 6, 2021. Additionally, some states have chosen to end participation in some or all of these programs earlier than September 6, 2021, which is permissible with 30-days’ written notice, under the state's agreement with the Secretary of Labor to administer such programs.
The agreement to administer the PUA, FPUC, PEUC, and MEUC programs remains in effect with respect to weeks of unemployment ending on or before the date of termination or expiration (whichever comes first) until all issues relating to those weeks are resolved. States: (1) are required to accept all PUA, FPUC, PEUC, and MEUC claims for a certain period of time after the date of termination or expiration (whichever comes first) and determine all eligibility issues associated with such claims in a timely manner, including establishing overpayments as appropriate and processing appeals; (2) must individually notify individuals of the termination or expiration; and (3) must continue to comply with the return to work reporting requirements during any period for which the agreement remains in effect.
States are also advised of the effect that termination or expiration will have on the transfer of federal funds to provide emergency unemployment relief to governmental entities and certain nonprofit organizations, as well as the first week of compensable regular unemployment for states with no waiting week. After terminating participation, states may choose to reinstitute participation prior to the September 6, 2021, end date of the programs.
In all states, under current federal law, no PUA, FPUC, PEUC, and MEUC payments may be made with respect to weeks of unemployment ending after September 6, 2021. In states where the week of unemployment ends on a Saturday, the last payable week for these programs is the week ending September 4, 2021. In states where the week of unemployment ends on a Sunday, the last payable week for these programs is the week ending September 5, 2021.
For states that terminate the Agreement to operate some or all of these programs before September 6, 2021,, no payments for the terminated programs may be made with respect to weeks of unemployment ending after the date the state terminates participation in the Agreement.
In addition, the state must individually notify individuals of the termination or expiration (whichever comes first) of these programs. This includes all individuals who: (1) are currently receiving PUA, PEUC, FPUC, or MEUC; and (2) anyone for whom a PUA or PEUC claim was previously established.
Any questions should be sent to [email protected] (UIPL 14-21, Change 1, July 2, 2021).
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