By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
As states have gained experience administering the PEUC program under the CARES Act, they have identified questions about aspects of the program's operation. The purpose of UIPL 17-20, Change 1 is to address those questions and provide further guidance about the PEUC program authorized by section 2107 of the CARES Act of 2020, Public Law 116-136.
The PEUC program provisions operate in tandem with the fundamental eligibility requirements of the federal-state UI program, which remain in place. These requirements include that an individual is only entitled to benefits if he or she is no longer working through no fault of his or her own and that the individual must be able and available to work. The PEUC program also includes specific work search requirements and requires states to provide flexibility with respect to those requirements in cases where an individual is unable to search for work because of COVID-19, including because of illness, quarantine, or movement restriction. Also available are the flexibilities discussed in UIPL Nos. 10-20 and 13-20. States must ensure that PEUC is only paid to an individual in accordance with the statutory provisions and ETA's guidance.
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