Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

(Additional Weeks when Regular UI Exhausted)

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Last updated on 9/5/2021 at 7:00 am

The PEUC program ended September 4, 2021, UI week 36/21. If your payments are pending due to eligibility issue(s), we must first resolve the issue(s). After your eligibility issues have been resolved, you will be paid PEUC for the weeks in which you are eligible through September 4, 2021.

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NOTE:

  • Quarter Change Notice: As of July 4, 2021, if you are receiving PUA or PEUC you may see an issue "Under Review" on your Determinations page. At the start of each calendar quarter, federal law requires DWD to check whether federal program recipients qualify for regular UI. This quarterly check requires manual review and can take a few weeks to complete. If this applies to you, please continue filing your initial and/or weekly claims as prompted in your portal.

Topics:  PEUC Overview  |  PEUC Payments  |  PEUC FAQs

PEUC Overview

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.

PEUC Payments

  • Payment Amount:
    • Same as individual's regular UI benefit.
    • PEUC is payable for 53 weeks, 40 of which can only be paid 12/27/2020 or later. The first week payable is the week ending 4/4/2020, and the last week payable is 09/04/2021.
  • Duration of PEUC Benefits (up to 53 additional weeks):
    • Under CARES Act and Continued Assistance Act
      • First Payable Week: Retroactive to week ending April 4, 2020 (or the first week after an individual exhausts regular UI, whichever is later).
      • Last Payable Week: Week Ending March 13, 2021.
    • Under American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
      • First Payable Week: Week ending March 20, 2021
      • Last Payable Week: Week Ending September 4, 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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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).

  • 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.

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.