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PUA: General Information

Updated: Feb 10

PUA applies to those who do not qualify for regular UI benefits: including 1099, self-employed, independent contractors, sole proprietors, penalty weeks, PUA. It is a 39 week program. It is possible to qualify for an additional 7 weeks on FED-ED.


Facebook thread here.

Information form PUA FAQ here.


How is it going to work?

In order to provide benefits as quickly as possible, payments will be issued in phases. If you qualify for PUA the initial payments you will receive are as follows:

  • $167.00 per week, for each week from February 2, 2020 to March 28, 2020 that you were unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason.

  • $167.00 plus $600 per week, for each week from March 29, 2020 to July 25, 2020, that you are unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason.

  • $167.00 per week, for each week from July 26, 2020 to December 26, 2020, that you are unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason, up to a total of 39 weeks (minus any weeks of regular UI and certain extended UI benefits that you have received).

If you qualify for your claim to be backdated to an earlier PUA effective date based on your last day of work, you could receive payment for prior weeks you were unemployed due to COVID-19. You will be required to provide the EDD eligibility information every two weeks. This is known as certifying for benefits.



After these initial payments, depending on your prior earnings, your weekly amount of $167.00 per week may be increased. See here for the update on phases for PUA.

  • Any increase from the $167 amount also applies retroactively. This means that you may also receive payment to make up the difference you should have been paid if your benefits had initially been based on the increased amount. You will be notified of any increase that you are entitled to receive.

If you are a 1099 independent contractor or sole proprietor and the owner but haven't paid yourself (via payroll), does that matter?

  • Yes, because regular UI is based on W2 wages. If you don't have W2 wages then you will want to be under PUA

When will my income be recalculated?