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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Unemployment Compensation Benefits in Pennsylvania.

  • Downloadable Forms from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

    Links to downloadable forms from the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) FAQs

    The federal Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 (CAA) reauthorized the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC), which provides for a temporary emergency increase in unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. This program provides an eligible individual with $300 per week on top of the weekly benefit amount he or she receives from certain other UC programs. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • FILE AN INITIAL CLAIM - Unemployment Compensation, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    With the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal CARES act, there are federal unemployment programs available to assist in the event you have exhausted regular unemployment or typically ineligible. Here is information from the PA Department of Labor & Industry on applying for regular unemployment benefits and the the special pandemic-related programs, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Filing for Unemployment Benefits Online

    Guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to setting up Unemployment Compensation claims by Internet or by telephone. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Groups Who Should NOT File for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (Video)

    This video from the Department of Labor & Industry describes who should not file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • How to File for Unemployment Compensation Benefits Online (Video)

    Need to file for unemployment benefits? This video from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will show you everything you need to know and how you can save time in the process! Read More

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Learn how to file for unemployment benefits online (Video)

    Informative video describing how to file for unemployment compensation benefits online in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

    The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Program is a temporary federal program available for individuals whose regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon. Claimants are automatically enrolled in the PEUC program after they have reached their maximum claim weeks for UC. PEUC was extended to provide 11 additional weeks to eligible claimants. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. PUA benefits are only for individuals who are unemployed due to COVID-19 reasons, it does not cover individuals without an attachment to the labor market or individuals who are unemployed for non-COVID-19 reasons. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) FAQs

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Here are Frequently Asked Questions about the program from the PA Department of Labor & Industry. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Payment/1099G FAQs

    Answers to frequently asked questions from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry about Form UC-1099G related to unemployment compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Handbook

    This booklet, from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, will answer many of your questions about the benefits available to you and provide information about your responsibilities as a participant in the program. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • People should be on the lookout for identity theft involving unemployment benefits

    Scammers took advantage of the pandemic by filing fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation using stolen personal information of individuals who had not filed claims. Payments made as a result of these fraudulent claims went to the identity thieves. This Tax Tip from the IRS offers advice on what to do if you receive an incorrect form 1099-G regarding unemployment benefits. Content Detail

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    Internal Revenue Service
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  • Reopen an Unemployment Compensation Claim

    If you established an initial claim for UC benefits within the past year, stopped filing for those benefits and wish to resume filing, you can reopen your claim using the methods listed on this website. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Support Withholding from Unemployment Compensation Benefits

    A brochure from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry providing information on support withholding from Unemployment Compensation Benefits. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry