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  • Federal Relief Bill Update - March 11, 2021

For Unemployed Workers on PUA and PEUC Claims

  • American Rescue Plan

    The U.S. Congress has passed a new COVID-19 relief plan that continues federal unemployment insurance programs.

    The UIA will work as quickly as possible to implement the extensions of the programs. At this time, we do not expect most claimants to experience a gap in benefits as long as they remain eligible and continue to certify bi-weekly.

    The legislation will:

    • Extend Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) until Sept. 4, 2021.
    • Continue federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) to provide all eligible unemployment recipients with an additional $300 per week through Sept. 4, 2021. The $300 is in addition to claimants' usual weekly benefit amount.

    Next steps you should take:

    • Continue to submit your certifications as usual.
    • Please continue to check your MiWAM account and for communications from us.
    • Nothing further is needed at this time. Please do not call the unemployment customer service number with questions about the new law. UIA customer service representatives have no additional information to share at this time.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) 

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    PUA is a temporary federal program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance (UI), including individuals who are self-employed or independent contractors, or have limited work history. To be eligible for PUA, your reason for no longer working must fall within one of the COVID-19 scenarios.

    More PUA Information

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    PEUC provides an extension of benefits to claimants who have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment benefits.

    Once a worker has exhausted their state UI benefits, they will be notified to apply for PEUC.

    Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    Provides all eligible unemployment recipients with an additional $300 per week.

    Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation

    Extended to Sept. 4, 2021

    Provides an additional $100 per week to claimants who have earned at least $5,000 in net self-employment income.


Important Notes

Extended Benefits

  • The EB program pays un employment benefits during periods of high unemployment to workers who exhausted their basic entitlement to regular state and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.

    The end date for Extended Benefits is based on Michigan's unemployment rate.

More Information

  • More information is available on the UIA website to guide you through the unemployment insurance process including common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim, tips for reopening your claim and more. Please check our website for frequently asked questions, video tutorials and other information that may answer your questions.