January 13, 2021
LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) is continuing to implement the Continued Assistance Act, the federal legislation that amends the unemployment benefit programs established under the CARES Act. NDOL anticipates that all of the amended CARES Act benefit programs will be fully implemented in approximately four-to-six weeks. The Continued Assistance Act stipulates changes to each of the CARES Act programs that require NDOL’s unemployment software vendor to perform system updates and changes.
Unemployment claimants who had not exhausted their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits on or before December 26, 2020, can continue to file for weekly benefits. Payments are being issued on weeks remaining from these claims that began in 2020. Once all remaining weeks are exhausted, payment disruptions will occur due to legislatively required programmatic changes. Retroactive payments will be made for all eligible weeks impacted by the new requirements.
Some claimants who have exhausted their original benefit claim will be temporarily unable to file weekly certifications. This will not impact benefit eligibility. Once all benefit programs changes in the Continued Assistance Act are fully implemented, claimants will be able to claim benefits for prior weeks. Retroactive payments will be issued for all eligible weeks.
In addition to the changes to the CARES Act programs, NDOL has opted into the Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program. More details regarding the application process and implementation timeline will be provided as federal guidance is received and reviewed. The MEUC program will be implemented after all of the changes to the CARES Act programs are completed.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)
Return to Work Requirements
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