(9/8/21) The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reminds everyone that the federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), ended Sept. 4, 2021.
The state's regular unemployment compensation program and those receiving benefits from it are unaffected.
PUA provided unemployment benefits to individuals who are not typically eligible for unemployment compensation, such as gig workers and self-employed individuals. Individuals on the PUA program will cease to receive payments for weeks of unemployment after Sept. 4 unless they become eligible for the UC program.
Based on the many requests from members for answers to their eligibility for PUA, PAR forwarded the some of the most common questions received via social member and through PAR’s Legal Hotline. Recently, the state’s Department of Labor and Industry responded to PAR’s request for answers and clarification. Those questions and answers from the Department of Labor and Industry follow.