End of federal pandemic unemployment benefits and federal extension benefits

Federal unemployment benefits because of the COVID-19 pandemic end on September 4, 2021.  The programs ending on September 4, 2021 are Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC).  The Employment Development Department will accept application for PUA for 30 days thereafter for benefits for before September 4.  Any pending claims for these benefits will be processed after the September 4 deadline if the claimant is later determined eligible.

The 20-week FED-ED extension will also expire because California’s economic conditions no longer meet the threshold for FED-ED.  The 7-week FED-ED extension will end on August 8, 2021.  The 13-week FED-ED extension will likely end on September 4. FED-ED extensions will be recalculated to a maximum 13 weeks starting August 8, but likely will not be payable after September 4.

Full federal reimbursement for the Work Sharing program also expires on September 4.  Federal funding to support reimbursement for employers who do not contribute to the State Trust Fund also expires on September 4.  (EDD News Release 21-39, July 30, 2021.)