This provision is contained in Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27, 2020.
This program allows the State to pay up to 39 weeks of benefits to individuals who are otherwise able and available to work and meet the eligibility requirements of the CARES Act (regarding COVID-19) but who are otherwise normally not eligible to receive, or who have exhausted, regular unemployment compensation (UC), Extended Benefits (EB), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
This means that these benefits are available for workers in the gig economy, independent contractors, self-employed workers and others who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, those seeking part-time employment, those who had exhausted their benefits, and individuals lacking sufficient work history, assuming these types of employees are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 reasons, as defined in the CARES Act.
Those “lacking sufficient work history” can include individuals who had “a bona fide offer to start working on a specific date and were unable to start due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons identified under Section 2102.”
The 39 week period “ must include any week for which a covered individual received regular compensation or extended benefits under any state or federal law”
Payable retroactive to January 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
You are generally not eligible for PUA if your employer has offered you the opportunity to telework for the same number of hours as before, or if you are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits. However, an individual may be eligible for PUA in a reduced amount where he/she is either teleworking fewer hours than was customarily worked before the pandemic, or if he/she is receiving less in paid sick leave than they would in a customary work week.
If eligible for PUA, this benefit provides the basis for payment of a weekly benefit which makes the person eligible for the additional $600 weekly supplement from the FPUC.
Requires proof of income – the basic weekly benefit amount will be calculated on this proof. But the minimum weekly benefit amount is 50% (or $181) of the “average weekly payment of regular compensation in the State”