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Unemployment Benefits Scheduled to Expire on December 26, 2020 for Many Claimants

December 03, 2020


News Release
For Immediate Release: December 3, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Scheduled to Expire on December 26, 2020 for Many Claimants
MONTGOMERY – Many unemployment compensation beneficiaries will see their benefits end on or before December 26, 2020, according to federal program guidelines. All unemployment compensation programs created by the CARES Act are currently scheduled to expire on December 26, 2020, without further Congressional action.
In Alabama, the two programs that will be affected by this expiration are PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) and PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation). PUA is a program that provides benefits to those who would not normally qualify for regular unemployment compensation, such as the self-employed, gig workers, part-time workers, etc. PUA also provides benefits to those who exhausted all other unemployment programs but remain unemployed due to a pandemic related reason. PEUC provides for an additional 13-week extension to regular unemployment compensation recipients.
Some claimants may see their benefits end prior to the December 26 expiration date due to exhausting all programs.
When the programs expire on December 26, 2020, all payments under PUA and PEUC will stop, regardless of an existing dollar balance or remaining eligible weeks.
Claimants are encouraged to continue to file their weekly certifications so that in the event Congress approves new legislation or extends current legislation, they can be considered for any benefits to which they may be entitled.
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