August 10, 2020

Volume X, Number 223

August 10, 2020

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

Additional $600 Unemployment Payment Expiration Date Looms Near

As businesses begin to reopen and many workers return to work, one of the main provisions of the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, is set to expire next month. Section 2104 of the CARES Act created the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program which provides all individuals who receive state unemployment benefits an additional $600 per week for up to four months funded by the federal government. Created as a short-term benefit, the additional $600 FPUC benefit will expire “on or before July 31, 2020.”

The exact expiration date depends on how the state defines the unemployment benefit week. The majority of states follow a Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday benefit week for purposes of unemployment compensation. For states whose benefit week ends on a Saturday the final week FPUC is payable is the week ending July 25, 2020. For states whose benefit week ends on a Sunday the final payable week is the week ending July 26, 2020.

While the House of Representatives passed an extension of the FPUC benefit in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the bill has faced strong opposition in the Senate.  

Notably, although the FPUC benefit expires next month, the expanded benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program are in effect until December 31, 2020. As a reminder the PUA provides workers who are ineligible for regular state benefits, such as independent contractors, unemployment benefits funded by the federal government. For more information on the PUA program and other benefits under the CARES Act read our previous article, President Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES).

 

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2020National Law Review, Volume X, Number 178

TRENDING LEGAL ANALYSIS


About this Author

John J. Porta Class Actions and Complex Litigation Attorney Jackson Lewis New York, NY
Principal

John J. Porta is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 

Mr. Porta is a strategic advisor who manages national, regional and local client relationships.  He advises management teams on their most sensitive and important matters.  In managing these relationships, he represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including transactional matters, litigation, arbitration, compliance advice and audits, executive and management training, and other employment related legal matters.  John’s approach is to emphasize the primacy...

212-545-4043
Hadley M. Simonett Associate Minneapolis
Associate

Hadley M. Simonett is an Associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

While attending law school, Ms. Simonett was awarded the Minnesota Bar Association Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law and recognized for her dedication to public service. She served as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and President of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association from 2017-2019. She also participated in the Mediation Clinic, completing the 30-hour civil mediation training and becoming Minnesota Rule 114 Neutral roster eligible.

612-787-3505
Associate

Keerthi Sugumaran is an Associate in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing and defending employers in workplace legal issues, including preventive advice and counsel.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Sugumaran worked at a Boston law firm for over four years as a general litigator. During this time, she represented employers in front of the MCAD, EEOC, state and federal courts. Ms. Sugumaran also participated in a six-month secondment, working in-house for a private...

617-305-1216
Carolyn Trotta Employment Lawyer Jackson Lewis Law Firm Hartford Connecticut
Associate

Carolyn A. Trotta is an Associate in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She focuses her practice on employment litigation.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Trotta was a law clerk for the Honorable Michael R. Sheldon at the Connecticut Appellate Court.  Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Trotta worked at a full-service law firm in Bridgeport.

While in law school, Ms. Trotta served as the Executive Managing Editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review.  Ms. Trotta also served as a law student intern for the Honorable Stefan R...

860-331-1330