Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation experts will ask questions live from claimants during the Department of Labor & Industry’s 16th virtual town hall, on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. UC will provide information about the unemployment benefits programs administered by L&I.
A livestream will be online at access.live/PAlabor. Those without internet access can listen by calling 1-833-380-0719, however, phone lines are limited so they should be reserved for individuals who need them.
Participants using the phone lines can ask questions directly of UC experts. Individuals livestreaming the town hall can submit typed questions that will be read to the UC expert by a moderator. To protect participants’ confidential information, detailed answers about individual claim questions cannot be answered during the town hall.
In addition to the state’s regular UC program, Pennsylvania also oversees:
– Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – for self-employed, gig workers, contractors and others not normally eligible for UC
– Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular UC
– Pennsylvania’s Extended Benefits program – up to 13 additional weeks of payments to people who exhaust regular UC and PEUC benefits
– Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – extra $600 per week for anyone receiving unemployment benefits; although this program has ended, eligible individuals who file for benefits retroactively may still receive FPUC payments for prior weeks of unemployment between April 4 and July 25 if they qualify
– Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program – extra $300 weekly benefit for claimants receiving unemployment benefits; LWA is not an unemployment program, but rather is a temporary federal program funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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