Allows up to an additional 7 weeks of federally-funded Federal-State Extended Duration Benefits program (FED-ED) through March 14, 2021, providing up to20 weeks of benefits for those who qualify.
Trump called the 5,000-page bill, passed on December 21, a "disgrace" and spent last week plumping for $2,000 relief checks to millions of Americans instead of the $600 provided in the legislation.
It could be weeks before unemployed workers see that funding, however. The bill extends certain federal unemployment benefits available under the CARES Act. They should continue to certify for unemployment benefits in their usual manner and will automatically receive the extended benefits.
"People who have been on unemployment during this period will get all of the additional benefits", says Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.
In addition to longer unemployment aid, the bill awaiting Whitmer's signature has $63.5 million for small-business survival grants and $45 million for workers affected by the pandemic.
While Hawai'i's unemployed won't be shorted out of a crucial federal benefit payout, many may have to wait weeks before they receive any financial support beyond what the state itself can offer.
"In our state, we prepared for the possibility of a lapse in benefits and in anticipating it, we developed a plan for a one-time payment for those who have been receiving PUA benefits", Inslee tweeted.
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A claimant must be eligible for regular UI, PUA, EB20, or PEUC to receive FPUC.
-Will provide up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 24 weeks. It also reinstates $300 in weekly unemployment benefits that had expired earlier this year.
Secretary Marcia Hultman says DLR is now awaiting additional guidance from the US Department of Labor on how to implement these CARES Act extensions in South Dakota. New Yorkers now receiving PUA should continue to certify as usual and will continue to receive their benefits. Workers must show they lost wages or employment due to emergency health orders.
But those programs expired on December 26, a victim of both the months Congress took to reach its agreement last week and the president's refusal to sign it before finally capitulating on Sunday.
With state unemployment agencies waiting for federal guidance on how to put the new legislation in place, it is unclear how quickly those programs could resume and whether the benefits would be retroactive to accommodate the delay.
Extends through March 14, 2021, the provision in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provided temporary full federal financing of Extended Benefits (EB) for high-unemployment states.