Updated: 2020-05-08 10:00 EDT
The CARES Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
PEUC provides up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment insurance benefits under Delaware law or federal law and have no entitlement to regular unemployment insurance benefits under any other state’s unemployment insurance law.
Who is eligible for PEUC?
You are eligible for PEUC if:
- You exhausted your regular state or federal benefits after July 1, 2019;
- You are not currently eligible for state or federal unemployment insurance benefits; and
- You are able and available to work and actively seeking work, except in instances where COVID-19 has made it not possible, including illness, quarantine, or "stay at home" orders.
How do I know if I exhausted my benefits?
You have exhausted your benefits when:
- You are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits because you have received the maximum amount of these benefits available to you based on your employment or wages during your base period; or
- our benefit year ended on or after July 1, 2019.
How do I file for PEUC?
If your UI claim exhausted or expired after 03/29/20 and you are currently receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI), a PEUC claim will automatically be established for you when your benefits on that claim exhausts. However, you must continue to submit weekly pay authorizations by calling TeleBenefits at (800) 794-3032 (or if you are in New Castle County by calling (302) 761-6576) or using WebBenefits by visiting uicc.delawareworks.com.
If your UI claim exhausted or expired after 07/01/2019 and you are not currently collecting benefits you must file for an extension at our website ui.delawareworks.com. You must submit weekly pay authorizations using web benefits uicc.delawareworks.com or by calling Tele Benefits at (800) 794-3032 (or if you are in New Castle County by calling (302) 761-6576).
How much is the PEUC weekly benefit amount?
Your PEUC weekly benefit amount is the same as your prior UI weekly benefit amount. Your WBA is not recalculated. You will not receive a new monetary determination.
I heard everyone collecting regular unemployment insurance (UI) gets an extra $600.00 a week. Will I get that through PEUC?
Yes. All individuals collecting any type of unemployment insurance benefits in a week, including PEUC, will also receive $600.00 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, up through the week ending July 25, 2020.
I exhausted my benefits before July 1, 2019 and have not worked since then. Am I eligible for PEUC?
No. However, you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Please visit our PUA FAQ’s for information. You must file a traditional UI claim and be denied before filing for PUA.
I exhausted my benefits on or after July 1, 2019 and have not worked since then. Am I eligible for PEUC?
You may be eligible for 13 weeks of PEUC. Depending on when you last reported income, you may also be eligible for PUA after your PEUC eligibility ends. PUA provides benefits to those individuals who do not have enough wages in their base year to file a regular unemployment insurance benefits claim(UI) . Please visit our PUA FAQ’s for information.
I was collecting unemployment after July 1, 2019, but then went back to work. Now I am laid-off again. How many weeks of UC am I eligible for?
The PEUC program provides eligible individuals with up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when you have exhausted your regular unemployment insurance benefits (UI). You may be eligible for 39 total weeks of benefits (26 weeks of UI and 13 weeks of PEUC).
How long will PEUC be available?
PEUC is available through the week ending December 26, 2020. The additional $600 FPUC benefit is only available the week ending April 4, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020.