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The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed on December 27, 2020, extends and amends the following pandemic unemployment programs and benefits through March 13, 2021:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The PUA program supports business owners, the self-employed, independent contractors, and others who don’t qualify for traditional unemployment benefits. The new legislation does the following:

  • Provides up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of up to 50 weeks.
  • Requires a weekly certification specifying a specific “COVID-19 CARES Act reason.”
  • Requires individuals to substantiate employment or self-employment in the most recent tax year.
  • Requires identity verification at the outset of a claim.
  • Imposes new limitations on backdating claims.
  • Available until the week ending March 13. Those still eligible on March 13 and who have weeks remaining may file through April 10 or until they claim all of their available weeks, whichever is earlier.
  • Provides states with new authority to waive PUA and Lost Wages Assistance overpayments, under certain conditions.
  • Requires PUA appeals to be conducted in the same manner and extent as traditional unemployment appeals.

Update: The system programming changes to add the additional weeks of PUA benefits were completed on February 19, as scheduled.  Once completed it will take some time for the system to update over 900,000 individual accounts.  We will need to stagger the updates to individual accounts to reflect all potentially eligible weeks prioritizing those who have exhausted or are nearing exhaustion of their PUA benefits. Therefore, the system will be unavailable from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends through February 27 to allow accounts to be updated. We are deeply appreciative of your patience. A few additional notes:

  • Those who exhausted their original 39 weeks do not need to file a new application or appeal prior determinations to be eligible for the additional 11 weeks of benefits. As soon as the additional weeks are programmed and available, a new monetary determination will be issued alerting you to the availability of the additional weeks. Simply file the additional weeks in sequence if you remain unemployed due to one of the stated COVID-19 reasons, and answer all of the questions truthfully and accurately.
  • Claimants should gather documentation to support their employment or self-employment for the tax year prior to when they filed their original claim for benefits. Individuals who filed their original PUA claim in 2020 should gather documentation to support employment in 2019. New PUA applications filed in 2021 should include supportive documentation of employment in 2020.  Appropriate documents can include paycheck stubs, state or federal employer identification numbers, business licenses, tax documents, business receipts or a signed affidavit. 
    Important: Please do not submit this documentation until you receive a notice telling you where to upload it and the timelines for doing so.
  • All claimants will receive all benefits for which they are eligible.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

PEUC benefits are extension of traditional unemployment benefits. The new legislation does the following:

  • Provides up to an additional 11 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of up to 24 weeks, for eligible individuals who exhaust their traditional unemployment benefits
  • Available until the week ending March 13. Those still eligible on March 13 and who have weeks remaining may file through April 10 or until they claim all of their available weeks, whichever is earlier.
  • Provides states the option to allow individuals to continue receiving PEUC even if they qualify for traditional unemployment in a subsequent benefit year, if certain other conditions are met. This includes if their traditional unemployment weekly benefit amount would be at least $25 lower than the PEUC amount. Important: If you fall in the "Choice" category, you will be individually notified and given steps on how to complete the choice option.

Update: All PEUC programming is now complete. Eligible individuals will receive all benefits they are owed, retroactive to as early as December 27, 2020. 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

  • Provides up to 11 weeks of an additional $300 weekly benefit to eligible claimants in multiple programs.
  • Available for weeks of unemployment between December 27, 2020, and the week ending March 13, 2021.

Update: FPUC is now being paid for all programs except for Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation. We are working as quickly as possible to implement that final update. All claimants will receive all benefits for which they are eligible. 

Employer Benefits

  • Extends full federal funding for Ohio’s SharedWork program.
  • Extends 50% credits to reimbursing employers for traditional unemployment benefit charges.
  • Extends federal payment of the first week of traditional unemployment benefits, at 50% instead of 100%.
  • Requires claimants to be notified about state return-to-work requirements.
  • Extends the waiver of interest to states whose Unemployment Insurance Trust Funds require federal borrowing.

In addition, the legislation created a new program:

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation

  • For individuals eligible for traditional unemployment benefits who also have earned wages in self-employment.
  • Once implemented, will provide an additional $100 a week, on top of the $300 FPUC benefit.

There is no entitlement gap for most programs, and the legislation does not impact traditional unemployment benefits. In addition, ODJFS expects that the programs and benefits that were extended with little to no changes in the new law – such a full federal funding of SharedWork Ohio, continuation of federal funding for the first week of benefits, and continued claims in PEUC and PUA that still have weeks remaining to file – will be up and running shortly.

Because many of the provisions contain complex additional requirements, more detailed guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor must be analyzed before system programming can be conducted and benefits paid. We ask for everyone’s patience as that occurs. Please continue to check this web page for updates.


CONTINUED ASSISTANCE ACT (CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT)
ProgramDate of EnactmentDate of DOL GuidanceDate of ProductionTotal Time from Final Guidance to PaymentsTotal Time from Enactment to Payments
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • 13 weeks continuation
12/27/202012/31/202012/31/20200 days4 days
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • 11 additional weeks
12/27/202012/31/202001/31/2021  
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • 39 weeks continuation
12/27/202004/05/2020, 05/15/2020,
07/21/2020, 08/27/2020
1/12/2021  
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • 1-7-week system fix for some who exhausted in December
  

02/05/2021

Those affected
were notified
in advance.

  
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • New applications
12/27/202001/08/2021

02/06/2021

  
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • 11 additional weeks
12/27/202001/08/2021

02/19/2021*

  • < 14 weeks left

02/25/2021*

  • < 21 weeks left

02/26/21*

  • < 28 weeks left

02/27/21*

  • < 46 weeks left
  
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
  • $300 supplement
12/27/202001/05/2021

01/12/2021

  • PUA 39 Weeks

01/16/2021

  • Reg UI
  • PEUC 13 Weeks
  
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)12/27/202001/05/2021

TBD

  

*Indicates target dates

Last Updated: February 25, 2021