Under the CARES Act, claimants who began receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program early in its inception will begin reaching the maximum 39 weeks of payments in the coming weeks. All PUA claimants will receive benefits only through December 26, 2020. The state encourages claimants to continue searching for work so they can secure employment before their benefits end. Once a claimant exhausts benefits on the PUA program, they are not eligible for any other unemployment program.
If the Department determines the eligibility of a claim after Dec. 26, if approved, the claimant will retroactively receive applicable payments for all weeks with a completed certification through the program’s ending date.
Claimants receiving extended benefits through PEUC need to keep in mind this program will stop after the week ending Dec. 26, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor informed Tennessee the EB program will end and the last time claimants can certify under the EB program will be the week ending Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. These claimants can reapply to see if they are now eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.