- 1 How much is the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit amount in Pennsylvania?
- 2 Does paid time off (PTO) have to be used before filing for unemployment compensation?
- 3 Am I eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if I had to quit my job because I tested positive for COVID-19 in Pennsylvania?
- 4 How do I know if I exhausted my Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits in Pennsylvania?
- 5 Who qualifies for the $600 Cares Act?
- 6 Does everyone get the 600 unemployment?
- 7 Can you use PTO while on furlough?
- 8 Is PTO considered vacation pay?
- 9 Can employer force you to take PTO?
- 10 Can I get Pua if I was fired?
- 11 Can you file for unemployment if you can’t find a job?
- 12 What happens when Pua runs out?
- 13 Will the cares Act be extended?
How much is the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit amount in Pennsylvania?
Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular UC weekly benefit rate.
Your weekly benefit rate is based on your reported earnings during the base year (the first four of the last five completed quarters). You must also have over 18 credit weeks (weeks during which you earned $116 or more) in your base year to be eligible for UC.
Does paid time off (PTO) have to be used before filing for unemployment compensation?
No, claimants do not have to use paid time off before filing for UI. They can file as soon as they have been laid off or otherwise unable to work due to COVID-19. However, if they are being paid their normal salary, they would not be considered unemployed.
Am I eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if I had to quit my job because I tested positive for COVID-19 in Pennsylvania?
Yes, you may be eligible for PUA in this situation.
How do I know if I exhausted my Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits in Pennsylvania?
You have exhausted your benefits when:
- You are not eligible for regular UC benefits because you have received the maximum number of weeks of these benefits available to you based on your employment during your base period; OR
- Your benefit year ended on or after July 6, 2019
Who qualifies for the $600 Cares Act?
An additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits are available to everyone receiving state unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. The funds are available for any weeks beginning after the date the state enters into an agreement through the week ending July 31.
Does everyone get the 600 unemployment?
The stimulus bill passed in March provided an additional $600 weekly in unemployment insurance benefits to everyone who qualified for a state program. Once applicants are approved for unemployment insurance by their state, they will automatically get the additional $300 weekly federal money.
Can you use PTO while on furlough?
If an employee is furloughed or quarantined, the employee may use paid leave or vacation time for any partial weeks not worked so long as the employee is paid the equivalent of their full weekly salary. The employee may also be entitled to paid sick leave under the employer’s policies or state or local law.
Is PTO considered vacation pay?
PTO is considered to be any time an employee is getting paid while away from work—it’s more all-encompassing than “vacation.” Think of it like this: all vacation is PTO while not all PTO is vacation. Other examples of PTO include maternity/paternity leave, jury duty, sick leave, holiday pay or disability leave.
Can employer force you to take PTO?
In general, yes, employers may require the use of vacation/paid time off (PTO) and restrict its use. For example, a California DLSE internal memorandum indicates employers must provide a minimum of a 90-day advance notice when requiring exempt employees to take mandatory vacation/PTO.
Can I get Pua if I was fired?
As long as you are not working because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not as important whether you were actually fired, laid off, or furloughed. The important factor in determining your eligibility for PUA is that you are not working for reasons directly related to COVID-19 as described in Question 4.
Can you file for unemployment if you can’t find a job?
You are eligible for unemployment benefits only if you‘re able to work — and looking for a job. Unemployment benefits are meant to act as a temporary safety net for employees who are out of work through no fault of their own — to tide them over until they can find a new job.
What happens when Pua runs out?
If you have an existing PUA claim, we will automatically add the additional weeks of benefits and extend your claim to September 4, 2021. You do not need to submit a new application. We will notify you through UI Online, mail, or text message when you can certify for your next benefit payment.
Will the cares Act be extended?
Cares Act III: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Extended Yet Again For Independent Contractors. 1319) includes the “Crisis Support for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020,” providing for yet another extension of the CARES Act unemployment provisions – this time from March 14, 2021 until September 6, 2021.