COVID-19: Supplementing Unemployment Insurance Benefits (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation vs. Lost Wages Assistance) [August 31, 2020] [open pdf - 644KB]
"Among other temporary Unemployment Insurance (UI) provisions authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act; P.L. 116-136; enacted March 27, 2020), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided an additional, federally financed $600 weekly benefit that augmented all UI benefits from March 29, 2020, until July 25, 2020, for most states (July 26, 2020, for New York). The FPUC authority is now expired. [...] This Insight discusses the now-expired FPUC benefit and currently authorized LWA [Lost Wages Assistance] grants to states, including key differences in authorization and administration, benefit amount, eligibility, and funding. For a preliminary legal analysis of LWA, see CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10532, 'President Trump's Executive Actions on Student Loans, Wage Assistance, Payroll Taxes, and Evictions: Initial Takeaways.'"
CRS Insight, IN11492
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