Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama will begin processing unemployment compensation claims under all programs created by the passage of the federal CARES Act on March 27, 2020.
Programs included in the legislation:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – provides unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes individuals who are self-employed or contract employees. This benefit is retroactive to January 27, 2020. *Alabama will begin processing these claims effective April 13, 2020.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – provides $600 per week to any individual eligible for any of the Unemployment Compensation programs. This benefit begins March 29, 2020. *Alabama began paying these benefits on April 8, 2020.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – allows for an additional 13 weeks of benefits added to the end of regular unemployment benefits. This means claimants may collect unemployment benefits for a longer period of time than under normal circumstances. *Alabama will begin processing these claims effective April 20, 2020.
Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19 Pandemic (DR-4503 or EM-3472) may qualify for this unemployment assistance.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: People who live in or worked in Alabama and became unemployed due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration during the period of January 20, 2020 and continuing, may also be eligible for assistance under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which was triggered when President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act on March 27, 2020.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: People who live in or worked in Alabama and became unemployed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic during the period of January 27, 2020 and continuing, may be eligible for assistance under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which was triggered when President Trump designated Alabama as a disaster area on March 29, 2020.
People who may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance include individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or pandemic emergency compensation (PEUC), including:
- the self-employed,
- those seeking part-time employment,
- church employees,
- gig economy workers,
- nonprofit and governmental workers,
- workers who have exhausted regular unemployment compensation benefits,
- individuals lacking sufficient work history, and
- those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or Federal law or PEUC.
Claimants who already filed for PUA may have received a notice stating that they are monetarily ineligible for benefits at this time. However, they may still be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). A document labeled the PUA-D4503-MI, will be mailed to all PUA claimants. Claimants should complete the form with the required documentation as soon as possible in order to complete the processing of the PUA claim. Claimants will not be required to file another claim as ADOL will determine eligibility for PUA based on the information provided to the agency as outlined in the document that will be mailed to claimants.