GDOL COVID-19 Information
July 8, 2020
Update on Federal Stimulus Bill
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is distributing federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing economic relief to many Georgians.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, or FPUC, provides an additional $600 weekly payment to any individual eligible for any of the Unemployment Compensation programs - State and Federal. The GDOL is distributing this additional payment to those currently receiving state or federal unemployment benefits. This supplement is an additional payment to regular weekly state unemployment benefits and includes all eligible weeks beginning with the week ending 4/4/2020. Your payment may not be $600 weekly if you have elected to have state and federal taxes deducted. Federal taxes are deducted at 10% and state taxes at 6%. Unemployment benefits are taxable income. Other deductions may include court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI overpayment (one-half of your $600 FPUC payment will be deducted and applied to your outstanding overpayment). The FPUC program is scheduled to end with the week ending July 25, 2020.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, is the program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits. These individuals must be determined not to be eligible to receive state benefits before being evaluated for federal PUA benefits.
Individuals determined ineligible to be paid traditional state benefits will receive an email with instructions for filing a PUA application or will find a link to the application in their My UI portal. Once the PUA application is submitted, it will be reviewed for eligibility and a written determination will be released with appeal rights. Applicants need to request payment for all eligible weeks since the closing of their business due to COVID-19. See detailed instructions on PUA.
Individuals who have already filed a claim with the GDOL and determined not eligible for state unemployment benefits and may be potentially eligible to receive benefits under this program, do NOT have to refile a regular state claim.
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, or PEUC, provides an extension to regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. This extension adds 13 weeks of benefits to the end of regular unemployment benefits for those who are eligible. This means claimants may collect unemployment benefits for a longer period of time than under normal circumstances. Claimants are potentially eligible if they have been unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020 and have exhausted regular state or federal benefits after July 6, 2019. Individuals must be ineligible for state or federal benefits and able and available to work.
Individuals determined eligible for the program will receive an email or letter with instructions for PEUC or could find the additional benefits already applied in their My UI portal. Claimants need to request payment for all eligible weeks on the regular state UI page at Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payment.
State Extended Benefits, or SEB, is an extension of benefits that occurs when a state meets the unemployment rate threshold for a designated period. Georgia became eligible to pay SEB May 10, 2020. However, the first payable week ending date (WED) was July 4, 2020 based on the first payable WED of PEUC was April 4, 2020 for 13 weeks. As of July 5, 2020, Georgia began a high unemployment period in the Extended Benefits program increasing the maximum potential entitlement for claimants from 13 weeks to 20 weeks.
To qualify for SEB, individuals must have:
- Exhausted all rights to regular UI under state law;
- Ineligibility for regular UI in another state or Canada;
- Established a qualifying UI claim (with respect to the regular UI claim that exhausted);
- Exhausted PEUC;
- No disqualifications preventing SEB eligibility;
- At least one week in the benefit year that begins on or after May 10, 2020, beginning of the SEB eligibility period.
The requirements for SEB are the same as regular UI benefits. The SEB claim is like an additional or reopen claim. The individual’s eligibility is determined by the separation from the most recent employer. Employers submitting employer filed claims are automatically the most recent employer. Additionally, the eligibility requirements are limited to being able and available to work until further notice.
SEB claims will be automatically established for individuals who were paid for week ending date June 17, 2020. Individuals meeting the SEB requirements, as shown above, will be notified in writing of the program availability and a SEB Statement of Potential Benefit Amounts will be posted to the My UI page as claims are established. My UI will also display an SEB section for related claim and payment details.
Individuals will use the Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payments link to request weekly payments.
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 supplemental payment is payable to any individual eligible for SEB for WEDs through July 25, 2020 for individual claims and July 31, 2020 for employer filed claims, as long as the weekly entitlement is at least $1.
Read about the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT
Employer Filed Claims
PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation)
PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)
This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits.