Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Monetary Determination - $179 Minimum Benefit
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)*
Under federal law for PUA, the weekly benefit amount (WBA) is equal to the WBA authorized under state unemployment compensation law where the individual was employed. The base period for all PUA claims is January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Only net wages earned during this time period are used to compute the WBA. The maximum benefit amount is thirty-nine times the WBA.
At this time, all eligible PUA applicants will or have received the minimum PUA WBA of $179, as specified by Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 03-20. This amount is subject to change upon review and reconsideration of the PUA claim. The Department of Employment Services will review all PUA claims for a monetary redetermination and claimant will receive a new monetary determination if your WBA changes.
Requests for Reconsideration: Once a final monetary determination is made, claimant may request a reconsideration of monetary determination to establish a higher WBA by sending an email to: [email protected]. The request must be received no later than December 31, 2020. The request must include documentary evidence of earned wages during calendar year 2019.
Acceptable documentation of wages includes tax returns, paycheck stubs, bank receipts, ledgers, contracts, invoices, and/or billing statements. If a request for reconsideration is not received by the date indicated above or insufficient documentation is provided to establish a higher WBA, then the PUA WBA will remain the same. If a higher WBA is established, it will be applicable to the entire PUA claim.
PUA is effective February 2, 2020 through December 26, 2020. When filing for PUA, the individual must certify that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of an applicable COVID-19 related reason. An intentional misrepresentation is fraud and is under penalty of perjury. Individuals may be subject to criminal prosecution if found to have committed fraud.
PUA claimants MUST file weekly continued claim forms through Claimant Services for all weeks that benefits are requested.
Once a final monetary determination is made, an individual may file an appeal within (15) calendar days from the date the determination was mailed. If you file an appeal, you must be prepared to testify at the hearing and prove your case.
For more information on how to file an appeal, please click here.
*Individuals MUST file for regular UI benefits before completing the PUA application. If determined eligible for regular UI, then that is the benefit that will be paid. PUA is only available to individuals that are ineligible for regular UI. Please carefully review How to File a PUA Claim and the PUA Frequently Asked Questions.