The federal extended unemployment benefits programs that have provided extra cash to the jobless throughout the pandemic will end at midnight Sept. 4.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation issued a notice this week about the looming deadline, reminding Nevadans that the following federal programs are set to expire:
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 weekly payment for any claimant that is eligible for at least $1 of an underlying unemployment compensation program.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for claimants who are unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19 and not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or PEUC, including those who are self-employed or are gig workers.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides an extension of benefits after a claimant exhausts regular unemployment compensation benefits.
- State Extended Benefits (SEB), which provides an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to claimants who have exhausted their regular unemployment compensation benefits during periods of high state unemployment rates.
"The programs expire September 4 even for claimants that show a benefit balance on their claims," according to DETR's Aug. 9 statement. "Claimants who are waiting for an eligibility determination for any of the federal programs and receive it after Sept. 4 will be paid all funds they are eligible for up to the date the federal programs expire. These claimants should continue to file weekly through Sept. 4."
Meanwhile, the state will continue to accept PUA applications until Oct. 6, as required by law, and those claims can be backdated to the first week the claimant was jobless.
When those programs end, the state will return to its regular unemployment insurance program — meaning starting Sept. 5, benefits will be based on a claimant’s earnings during a certain time period, known as the base period.
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