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What is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program?
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a program that temporarily
expands unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility to self-employed workers,
1099 employees, "gig" workers, workers in jobs not covered by regular unemployment benefits,
and independent contractors impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits (weeks individuals have received from regular Unemployment Compensation
or Extended Benefits after February 2, 2020 are subtracted from the
39 weeks) to qualifying individuals who are
otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state unemployment compensation
law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to
work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons.
Who does PUA cover?
PUA provides benefits to covered individuals, who are those individuals
not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under
state or Federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC),
including those who have been disqualified from or have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Covered individuals
also include self-employed, those seeking part-time employment, individuals lacking
sufficient work history, and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment
compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or PEUC.
How many weeks of PUA can be collected?
Individuals eligible to collect PUA who were not eligible for
regular unemployment benefits (such as the self-employed) can collect up
to 50 weeks of PUA. Weeks individuals have received from regular
Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits after February 2, 2020
are subtracted from the 50 weeks. Also, a claimantís last 11 weeks can
only be paid for weeks ending after December 26, 2020.
Does the PUA program use the same system to submit a PUA application as the regular unemployment benefits program?
No. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is managed in a system separate from the regular
unemployment system, called ReEmployCT.
I filed for PUA and got paid my back weeks. How do I get paid moving forward?
To continue to receive your benefits, you must file weekly certifications. Starting with the next
calendar week after you submitted your PUA application (as early as Sunday), you will
need to access the ReEmployCT system and submit a Weekly Certification.
From the your account home page, click Weekly Certification → File Weekly Certification, and answer
each question. You will be answering the questions for the previous calendar week.
What will my PUA Benefit Rate be?
For individuals who are monetarily eligible for regular unemployment benefits, and have exhausted entitlement or have been disqualified:
The US Department of Labor has clarified that an individualís
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) will
be based upon their earnings from calendar year 2019. Your WBA will be
calculated based upon one twenty-sixth (1/26) of the average of total
wages during the two highest quarters during 2019, or 1/26 of your
highest quarter of 2019 if you are a construction worker. The maximum
PUA WBA is $667.00. If you have qualifying dependents, you will receive
an additional $15.00 for each dependent, up to five dependents for a
total of $75.00 dependency allowance.
For individuals who are monetarily ineligible for regular unemployment benefits: Initially, your Weekly Benefit
Amount (WBA) is set at the PUA minimum WBA ($198, before qualified
dependency allowance). If you enter your 2019 wages during the application process and upload
proof of your earnings within 21 (twenty-one) days of submitting your PUA application, CTDOL will
determine if a recalculation of your benefit amount is warranted. If so, your WBA
will be recalculated based upon one twenty-sixth (1/26) of the
average of total wages earned (gross wages for employees, net earnings for self-employed) during the two highest quarters in the applicable base period,
or 1/26 of your highest quarter if you are a construction worker. The maximum PUA WBA is $667.00.
If you have qualifying dependents, you will receive an additional $15.00 for each dependent, up to five dependents
for a total of $75.00 dependency allowance.
Note: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation $600 federally funded payment will be added to your
weekly benefit amount for those weeks which you are eligible for between April 4, 2020 and July 25, 2020.
I was not monetarily eligible for regular unemployment benefits. If I donít have my tax and earnings
documentation available to upload during the application process, can I upload it at a later time?
Yes. You may access your ReEmployCT account and select the "Proof of Wages" menu option to upload
If you do not upload your earnings documentation during the application process, you must upload them
within 21 days of submitting your PUA application in order for your documents to be considered.
Please note, in order to be able to upload documents during the application process or afterwards,
you must enter your 2019 earnings during the application process.
Can I work part-time while collecting PUA?
Yes, you can work part-time and file for partial benefits under PUA by reporting your earnings
(gross wages for employees, NET earnings for self-employed)
when you file your weekly certifications. Two-thirds of your earnings reported will be
deducted from your PUA benefit rate for weeks you report your part-time work and wages.
If I qualify for state unemployment benefits but at a low rate, can I choose to go on PUA instead?
No, if you qualify for state unemployment benefits, you must file against them, regardless of the rate.
If I collect partial PUA benefits by working part-time and filing, will the number of weeks I am eligible
to collect payments for be increased beyond 39 (or 39 minus the
number weeks of regular benefits and Extended Benefits collected since February 2, 2020)?
No, unlike regular unemployment benefits where you can file more than 26 weeks if you file partials,
PUA is payable for 39 weeks of filing, or fewer if you collected regular benefits and/or Extended
Benefits since February 2, 2020, regardless if the weeks are partial or total benefit weeks.
When does the PUA program end?
The PUA program is effective February 2, 2020, and new applications
can be taken through March 13, 2021, with the latest effective date
March 6, 2021. Additionally, for applications submitted after December
27, 2020, the earliest effective date can be December 6, 2020.
Based on the current legislation, benefits can be paid through
week-ending April 10, 2021 provided the benefit allocation of 50 weeks
hasnít been exceeded. However, weeks-ending March 20, 2021 through April
10, 2021 are only payable if week-ending March 13, 2021 has been paid.
Are PUA benefits taxable?
Yes, PUA benefits are taxable against both the federal income tax (IRS) and state income tax.
What are the minimum and maximum PUA weekly benefit amounts?
The minimum PUA weekly amount is $198. Currently the maximum PUA weekly amount is $667.
The maximum weekly benefit amount is adjusted annually, in October.
Will the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment be added to
Yes. PUA payments between for weeks April 4, 2020
and July 25, 2020 will include the Federal Pandemic Unemployment
Compensation payment of $600.00 Payments for weeks between January 2,
2021 and March 13, 2021 will include the Federal Pandemic Unemployment
Compensation payment of $300.00.
Where would I add or modify payment option (Direct Deposit, Debit Card) while collecting PUA? In the PUA system?
No, use the CT Tax and Benefits System (CTABS) to add or modify payment
information. CTABS is accessed at www.filectui.com (This is the GREEN button
on the www.filectui.com site).
When I update my payment information in the Connecticut Tax and Benefits System, is my payment information immediately
transferred to ReEmployCT?
No, it takes one business day for your updated payment information to be processed into the ReEmployCT system.
Will my child support be deducted from PUA?
Yes, if CTDOL has an active child support order against your claim, child support will be deducted
weekly from each payable week in accordance to state statute while receiving PUA benefits.
If I have an unemployment overpayment, will it be offset against PUA?
Yes, federal law stipulates that unemployment overpayments be recouped
50% against PUA.
- Note - If you have an outstanding unemployment overpayment, your PUA payments
will be delayed until the programming is in place to properly offset the overpayment.
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