On September 5, several federal unemployment benefit programs will expire across the country. And in anticipation of that devastating outlook for many, the New York Department of Labor is encouraging residents to participate in its job training programs and job fairs.
THE PROGRAMS THAT COMPLETE ARE THE FOLLOWING:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Extended Benefits (EB)
$ 300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will continue to be paid to applicants who meet state criteria. To be considered for UI after September 5, the applicant must be unemployed and within the first 26 weeks (or 104 effective days) of benefits.
Applicants can find the effective days remaining in their payment history online. Because the FPUC is ending, any week an applicant meets the criteria for UI benefits after September 5, they will no longer receive the additional $ 300 in FPUC.
The agency will continue to review applications for federal benefits during unemployment weeks no later than September 5, when federal programs expire. Applicants must certify the weeks they are claiming, and if benefits are owed, they will be paid once they are determined to meet the criteria.
New PUA claims will be accepted for a period of 30 days after September 5. The Department of Labor will accept those claims, evaluate the criteria and update the applicant where appropriate, the agency said.
While the EB program will end entirely on September 5, New York has recently fallen below the rate set by the federal government for the state to qualify for the highest level of EB.
Starting August 9, EB will be available for a maximum of 13 weeks. Claimants who have received more than 13 weeks of EB will no longer get the benefit on their existing claim after the August 9 benefit week, but can apply for PEUC or PUA until September 5.