Expiration of Federal Unemployment
and Pandemic Benefits
August 23, 2021
On September 5, 2021 several federal unemployment benefit programs will expire across the country, per federal law. The federal benefit programs that will expire are:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Extended Benefits (EB)
$300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
$100 Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will continue to be paid to eligible claimants. To be considered eligible for UI after September 5, 2021, a claimant must be unemployed AND be in the first 26 weeks (or 104 effective days) of benefits. Claimants can find their effective days remaining in their online Payment History. Because FPUC is ending, any weeks a claimant is eligible to receive UI benefits after September 5, 2021, will no longer include the additional $300 in FPUC.
NYS DOL will still review eligibility for federal benefits for weeks of unemployment on or before September 5, 2021, once the federal programs expire. Claimants should always certify for weeks they are seeking and if due benefits, claimants will be paid once determined to be eligible. New PUA claims will be accepted for a period of 30-days after September 5, 2021. NYS DOL will accept those claims, evaluate for eligibility, and backdate where appropriate as required by USDOL.
While the EB program will fully end on September 5, 2021, New York State has recently fallen below the rate established by the federal government in order for the state to qualify for the highest level of EB. Effective August 9, 2021, EB will be available for a maximum of 13 weeks. Claimants who have received 13+ weeks of EB will no longer be eligible for EB on their existing claim after the benefit week of August 9, 2021, but may be eligible for PEUC or PUA benefits through September 5, 2021.
Claimants may reapply for UI benefits when they reach the end of their current benefit year. Claimants can find their Benefit Year Ending date in their online Payment History. To be eligible for a new UI claim, applicants must have worked and earned enough wages in covered employment. Applicants who received no wages from covered employment during the past five quarters will not be eligible for a new UI claim.