Last updated on 7/2/2021 at 3:00 pm
We began paying PEUC extensions on March 31, 2021. Claimants should check their benefit payment history for payment:
It may take financial institutions two business days or more to deposit payments once issued.
PEUC is a temporary program that provides up to 53 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).
If you need to file a new initial claim for PEUC, you will be prompted to do so on your portal.
**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.
If you went on to receive PEUC benefits after first qualifying for a benefit year under regular UI, you will be prompted in your claimant portal to file a new initial claim to determine whether you may now qualify for a new benefit year under regular UI. If your claimant portal directs you to file a new initial claim you should do so.
If you do not qualify for a new benefit year under regular UI, DWD must manually process your claim to put you back on the PEUC paying program, which may take a few weeks. After you are put back onto the PEUC program, you will receive any back payments due and will continue to receive any PEUC benefits available to you at your previous benefit rate.
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).
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.
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.