Thecontinues to after a was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27. The bill included a one-month extension to the and $300 weekly bonus payments for unemployed workers lasting a total of 10 additional weeks — but it was supposed to be 11 weeks.
Since Trump waited five days before, the 11 weeks stipulated in the legislation shrank to 10 weeks of aid, a loss of $300 extra per jobseeker, if not more (the schedule goes state by state). Trump’s gambit to raise the $600-maximum second stimulus check to $2,000 failed to be picked up for a vote in the Senate on Jan. 3, two days before the new Congress swears in. The result is a shorter window for renewed federal unemployment benefits (on top of the state allowance).
States are awaiting guidance from the US Department of Labor on how funds will be allocated, but the agency told them Dec. 28 that beneficiaries will continue to receive payments, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Approximately 12 million people receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and were at risk of going a week or more without a payment due to the delay in signing the bill into law.
We’re here to answer as many questions as we can, given the current information available, including if the weekly unemployment bonus would include retroactive payments and who would meet the eligibility requirements. We recently updated this story with new details.
When will the $300 bonus unemployment payments start up?
The first date for the bill to go into effect, Dec. 26, has come and gone. The delay could be a week or more depending on when the Department of Labor informs states about how to proceed with the funds and how long it will take the states to begin processing payments. Checks are authorized to last until March 14, but there is an overflow period that lasts until April 5 for those who exhausted their state’s benefits before the expiration date.
Will the bonus checks be retroactive?
While the language of the stimulus bill does not specify if the unemployment bonus is retroactive or not, that does not appear to be the case, The Washington Post has reported. it isn’t expected we’ll see a federally instituted lump sum payment to make up for previous weeks of not receiving a $300 check.
What is the new Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation?
The original CARES Act had unemployed workers either get their benefits from the state through unemployment insurance or through a federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA. Someone who worked as a gig worker, self-employed, freelancer or contractor who doesn’t typically receive unemployment benefits if they’re laid off could receive PUA instead.
In the language of the new bill, however, someone who earned a combination of income from a traditional job and employment as a contractor would either receive the unemployment insurance payment or the PUA, but not a combination of both.
With Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation, a person who made more money from their self-employment or contracting job — that requires a 1099 form — could receive an extra $100 a week. For example, let’s say you made $50,000 in 2019, which was split with $30,000 coming from a contractor job and $20,000 from a part-time job at a company. If you were laid off, the state unemployment office would calculate whether you would receive benefits for the $30,000 via PUA or $20,000 via unemployment insurance but not a combination of the two.
While someone who worked a traditional job and makes $50,000 a year in New York would receive $480 a week from unemployment insurance, by having a mix of the two, you would get the greater of the two different amounts which would be the PUA of $288 a week rather than the $280 from unemployment.
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation will now give that person an extra $100, but only if the state participates. It may be some time before states will determine whether they will or not after the bill gets passed.
Who qualifies for the $300 unemployment bonus check?
If you’ve been laid off or furloughed,. Once the state approves your claim, you can apply to receive whatever state benefits you’re entitled to. Because states cover 30% to 50% of a person’s wages, there’s no single sum you could expect on a national basis.
When the CARES Act passed in March, it provided unemployed workers with a weekly bonus check of $600 on top of the amount the state was offering, but those payments ended in July. FEMA. These were offered for only six weeks to those states who applied, which were all of them except for South Dakota. Those receiving PUA would also receive the $300 bonus.reinstated a bonus weekly check for a reduced $300 funded by the federal government through
Would I qualify for this round of federal unemployment insurance?
Eligibility criteria vary from state to state, but the general rule is that you should apply if you’ve lost your job or been furloughed through no fault of your own. This would include a job lost directly or indirectly because of the .
How would my unemployment insurance be calculated?
The state determines how much each applicant receives, usually based on an individual’s. It varies from state to state but is typically between $300 and $600.
How are individual states handling unemployment checks?
Most states provide up to 26 weeks of funding, though others, such as Georgia, limited benefits to 12 weeks. On the other hand, Delaware extended benefits for up to 30 weeks.
The weekly benefit amount depends on an applicant’s gross income when they were employed and ranges between $300 and $600, with some exceptions. Mississippi had paid up to $235, while Massachusetts’ maximum has been $1,220. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation from the CARES Act added an additional 13 weeks funded by the federal government, but another stimulus bill with unemployment insurance would need to pass in order to extend it further. The latest COVID-19 relief package would add another 11 weeks of PEUC.
Where can I find details about my state’s unemployment benefit policy?
Each state’s labor office provides information about its particular unemployment benefits.
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