What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?


What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) is a federal program, in addition to the CARES Act, that provides assistance to individuals whose employment is directly affected by COVID-19 and are not eligible for state Reemployment assistance benefits. This includes individuals who are independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed.

To receive this benefit, first you must submit an application through the State Reemployment Assistance Program. Afterwards, PUA will review the claim on a case-by-case basis once proof of employment and wages are received. Notably, PUA will provide individuals up to $275 in benefits per week for up to thirty-nine (39) weeks. However, there is no timeframe of when your case will be reviewed.

Am I eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance?

Before applying for PUA, you must complete an application for the State Reemployment Assistance. You may be eligible for PUA if your employment was interrupted or terminated as a result of COVID-19, and at least one of the following occurred: (1) you become unemployed; (2) you were scheduled to begin work, but no longer have a job; (3) you became the primary breadwinner due to the death of the head of the household; and (4) if you are not typically eligible for State Reemployment assistance or have been determined ineligible for State Reemployment assistance.

Notably, the PUA will include up to $275 of benefits per week. You may also be eligible for an additional $600 a week from the CARES Act Federal Unemployment Insurance (“FPUC”).

If you have a Reemployment Assistance claim and would like to learn more information on how to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys at EPGD Business Law, with offices in Miami, FL, Washington D.C., and West Palm Beach, FL. Call us at (786) 837-6787 or email us to schedule a consultation.

EPGD Business Law is located in beautiful Coral Gables, West Palm Beach and historic Washington D.C. Call us at (786) 837-6787, or contact us through the website to schedule a consultation.

*Disclaimer: this blog post is not intended to be legal advice. We highly recommend speaking to an attorney if you have any legal concerns. Contacting us through our website does not establish an attorney-client relationship.*

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Oscar Gomez

Oscar A. Gomez is a Partner and Chair of the Litigation Practice Group at EPGD Business Law. His practice focuses on Business Litigation, including but not limited to Business & Partnership Disputes.


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