Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March, 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. One of the provisions includes extending and expanding unemployment insurance benefits.  

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • Extends PUA through Sept. 6, 2021.
  • The first week for which this additional amount may be paid is week ending on March 20, 2021.
  • The last payable week of PUA is the week ending on Sept. 4, 2021.
  • Adds effective date: “No amount shall be payable by virtue of such amendments with respect to any week of unemployment ending on or before March 14, 2021.”

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

  • Extends the FPUC benefit of $300 per week through the week ending on or before Sept. 4, 2021.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

  • Extends PEUC through Sept. 6, 2021.
  • The first week for which this additional amount may be paid is week ending on March 20, 2021.
  • The last payable week of PEUC is the week ending on Sept. 4, 2021.
  • Adds effective date: “No amount shall be payable by virtue of such amendments with respect to any week of unemployment ending on or before March 14, 2021.”

Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofits

  • Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, federal funding for reimbursing employers has been extended until Sept. 6, 2021. This also increases the reimbursement rate from 50% to 75% for the amounts of compensation paid for weeks of unemployment beginning with week ending April 10, 2021, and ending with week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

Fraud Consequences

None of the benefits, nor unemployment benefits of any kind, are available to employees who are terminated for cause, quit their job without good cause, refuse to return to work or refuse to receive full-time pay. Attempts to collect benefit payments in these situations could be viewed as fraudulent. Investigation of job separation is part of the eligibility determination process.

The CARES Act and extensions specifically provide for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid.

See CARES Act guidance and instructions for the federal programs that ended Dec. 26.