Policy Update - Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) 3/27/20

An overview of CARES act 3/27/20

April 10, 2020

The President has signed the CARES Act into law on 3/27/20. The law provides relief for workers affected by the Coronavirus and elucidates the addition of $600 each week to eligible claims, known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).


  • FPUC adds $600 each week to the current weekly benefits from these UI programs (underlying benefits): 
  • Regular UI (including UCFE, UCX)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • Short-time Compensation (SharedWork)
  • Payable from weeks ending 4/4/20 through 7/25/20. 
  • Claimants do not have to apply to receive the additional payment amount. It is automatically added to eligible weekly claims.  
  • Payments are retroactive to the first eligible week once UTAB is updated to accommodate the program. 

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