Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 that provides an extension to regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. This extension adds 13 weeks of benefits to a regular claim for those that are eligible.

PEUC Payments

Benefit Amount:

Your weekly benefit amount is the same as your regular unemployment claim.

Duration of PEUC Benefits (an additional 13 weeks):

  • First Payable Week: Week starting March 29, 2020.
  • Last Payable Week: Week ending December 26, 2020.

How to Apply for PEUC

We are working to implement this extension into our systems as soon as possible. Once done, we will notify everyone who may qualify. If you were eligible for PEUC for weeks that have already passed, we will apply the extension to the first week you became eligible.

Options to apply:

  • If you are currently filing weekly claims for regular unemployment benefits, you will be directed to automatically file for PEUC when you go to claim a week of benefits and your balance is $0.
  • If you are not in continued claim status, you can complete an application for PEUC on this CARES Act page and upload it using secure upload. While your application processes, you can file weekly certifications for past and future weeks that you want benefits for. Once your application is processed, you will be notified by email and will be able to start using the online claim system or the weekly claim line.
  • If you claimed weeks with a zero balance, once the extension is filed, your claim will cover all past weeks of zero balance for all eligible weeks back to March 29, 2020.

Information for Employers

  • Employers will not be charged for PEUC benefits paid to employees.
  • Employers should respond to the Notice of Claim (form 220) or a SIDES notification if a claim is filed for an employee who is not working for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.
  • Employers should respond to the Notice of Claim (form 220) or SIDES notification to report any paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits.

PEUC Eligibility

You could be eligible for PEUC if:

  • You used all benefits from a current claim for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Your most recent valid claim expired after July 1, 2019.
  • You do not qualify for a claim in any other state, Canada, or through another federal program.

You are not eligible for PEUC if:

  • You are eligible for a regular unemployment insurance claim.
  • Your most recent valid claim expired prior to June 30, 2019.
  • You qualify for a claim in any other state, Canada, or through another federal program.

Fraud Warning

  • Quitting work without good cause to obtain Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits is fraud.
  • You may be prosecuted if you knowingly make a false statement or fail to disclose information to receive PEUC benefits.

PEUC benefits are available for up to 13 eligible weeks of benefits. Benefits are payable for weeks from March 29, 2020, through December 26, 2020, if you have not used all 13 weeks of that extension by then.

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PEUC is the same weekly amount as your regular unemployment benefit amount.

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It may take up to 3-4 weeks to start receiving payments once you are active in the PEUC program. However, please continue to file weekly claims as all the eligible weeks will be paid retroactively once the program is up and running.

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Your weekly benefit amount is 1.25% of your total base year gross earnings. Under Oregon law, it will not be less than the minimum or more than the maximum amounts you can receive.​ Currently, the weekly minimum is $151 and the weekly maximum is $648.

The base year is a 12-month period made up of the first four of the last five completed quarters. It’s based on the date you file your claim application, not the date you become unemployed. If you don’t qualify for a claim using a regular base year we will automatically review your claim to see if you qualify for an alternate base year.

A calendar quarter is a 3-month period ending March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31.

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Yes. If you were eligible for PEUC for weeks that have already passed, your benefits will be paid retroactively back to the first week you became eligible. Benefits are available for up to 13 eligible weeks from March 29 through December 26, 2020.

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If you are eligible for PEUC, you will also receive an additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits per eligible week from the week starting March 29 through July 25, 2020.

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You may be eligible for PEUC if your last valid claim expired after July 29, 2019.

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   Read the full FAQs for PEUC

 Situation in the U.S. and Globally

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leads the U.S. response. The World Health Organization (WHO) guides the global response.

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Updated on September 21st, 2020 01:49PM