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VEC launches application portal for extension of unemployment benefits

6 July 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) launched an application portal for its third unemployment assistance program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits program provides up to an additional 13 weeks of traditional unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who have already exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits.

The program is funded as part of the federal CARES Act.

Earlier this week, VEC issued text and voice messages to more than 35,000 individuals identified as potentially eligible for benefits under the PEUC program. This program applies to claims by individuals whose benefit year ended on July 6, 2019, or after.

Payments to recipients are scheduled to start next week. Payments will be retroactive; the first payable week for qualifying applicants under PEUC is the week ending April 4, 2020. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provides a supplemental $600 in weekly benefits to individuals who qualify for state or federal unemployment benefits, automatically will be added to the weekly benefit amount under the PEUC claim.

The final payable week for the PEUC benefits program is the week ending Dec. 26, 2020. The final payable week for the supplemental $600 weekly payment is the week ending July 25, 2020.

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