Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

(Additional Weeks when Regular UI Exhausted)

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Last updated on 1/15/2021 at 11:15 am

The Continued Assistance Act of 2020 has been signed. We are working as quickly as we can to review the new program requirements and implementation of the extensions. There will be programming that needs to take place before we can implement the changes. Please check our websites often for the most up-to-date information available.

  • Individuals who had not exhausted PEUC should keep filing their weekly claims and will continue to be paid.
  • If you need to file a new initial claim for PEUC, you will be prompted to do so on your portal.

Topics:  PEUC Overview  |  PEUC Payments  |  PEUC FAQs

PEUC Overview

PEUC is a temporary program that provides up to 24 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

Note: This program does not apply to individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

PEUC Payments

  • Payment Amount:
    • Same as individual's regular UI benefit.
  • Duration of PEUC Benefits (up to 24 additional weeks):
    • First Payable Week: Retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020 (or the first week after an individual exhausts regular UI, whichever is later).
      • No new applicants allowed after March 13, 2021.
    • Last Payable Week: Week Ending April 3, 2021.

    • **Note: If your PEUC ran out before December 26, 2020, there will be a break in your PEUC benefits. The first week PEUC benefits can be paid under the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 is the week ending January 2, 2021. See FAQ for example.

PEUC Frequently Asked Questions

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No. Your PEUC will not restart until week ending January 2, 2021 (UI week 01/21). This is how the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 was written.

PEUC is payable to individuals who qualify for and then exhaust their regular UI benefits. When that individual's benefit year ends, the individual is directed to file a new initial claim in their claimant portal. The department must then determine whether the individual qualifies for a new benefit year (and therefore regular UI in that benefit year).

  • If the individual does qualify for a new benefit year (regular UI) they would receive regular UI benefits at the amount established for that new benefit year. They would only again receive PEUC if they exhaust those regular UI benefits.
  • If the individual does not qualify for a new benefit year (regular UI), they can receive the remainder of PEUC from their exhausted benefit year as long as the weeks are still within the PEUC period.
    *Setting up to pay the remainder of PEUC is not automatic; it takes manual work by staff.

At each quarter change (January, April, July, and October), the U.S. Department of Labor requires states to check whether a claimant receiving benefits from a special program (such as PEUC) has now worked and earned enough wages to set up a claim under regular UI in Wisconsin or in another state. This check requires a manual review by staff.

Do not file for PEUC until you have received all your regular UI benefits. If you are waiting to receive regular UI benefits there is no additional action you need to take beyond filing your weekly claims as long as you are unemployed. After you have exhausted all regular UI benefits you will need to file a PEUC initial claim. PEUC provides additional weeks of emergency unemployment insurance for people who remain unemployed after they have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance benefits.

If you have exhausted regular UI, you will need to file a PEUC initial claim. You will see a link on the dashboard to file a PEUC initial claim after you log in to your claimant portal. Claims will be backdated as appropriate.

If you have exhausted regular UI, you will first need to file a PEUC initial claim. You will see a link on the dashboard to file a PEUC initial claim after you log in to your claimant portal. Benefits will be paid, if eligible, after weekly claims are processed. (If you are filing for the additional weeks based on the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, you will be paid after the updates are made to our system.)

No. This benefit provides additional emergency unemployment insurance for people who remain unemployed after they have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. Because you are employed, you do not qualify.

If you have worked in another state within the past 18 months or if you have filed for regular UI in another state, you must contact the other state if you wish to file a claim for PEUC. If you're eligible for a regular UI claim in the another state you must file a claim in the other state before PEUC can be paid in Wisconsin.