GDOL launches PEUC Extended Benefits Program
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has announced the launch of the United States Department of Labor’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which will provide monetary support to claimants who have exhausted regular state unemployment benefits. PEUC is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which extends eligibility of unemployment benefits up to 13 weeks.
“Many people who applied for UI in the first weeks of our Covid-19 economic shutdown are rapidly approaching the end of their initial cycle of UI benefits. This program will give claimants who have exhausted their benefits the ability to continue to receive financial support for up to an additional 13 weeks,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “In a crisis, such as COVID-19, programs like PEUC are necessary to ensure all claimants are taken care of, while continuing to get Georgians back to work.”
Potentially eligible claimants for PEUC are those who have collected all of the unemployment benefits they are eligible for in their regular unemployment claim and whose benefit year ends after July 1, 2019. Claimants may receive PEUC benefits for each week they request payment and continue to satisfy eligibility requirements of being able and available to work.
The claims process is available online at dol.georgia.gov by selecting Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payment. Notifications have been sent to claimants with further instructions.
Commissioner Butler also said: “We can expect additional extensions of benefits in the future based on our unemployment numbers although our mission is to get Georgians back in the workplace.”
The GDOL website provides resources on job finding, resume building, and other work force re-entry needs, and thousands of job listings can be found at EmployGeorgia.com. Though GDOL offices remain closed to the public, the GDOL is still taking phone calls and answering emails.