PUA is a federal unemployment benefit program created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for individuals who are self-employed, contract workers, and other workers who are not eligible for regular benefits.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed by Congress and signed by the president. It allows up to 79 weeks of PUA until Sept. 4, 2021.
It follows the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) where PUA benefits were available from Dec. 27, 2020, to the week ending March 13, 2021. The CAA provides up to 11 additional weeks of PUA benefits for a total of 50 weeks.
The CARES Act created the PUA program and benefits were available starting the week of Feb. 2 and ending the week of Dec. 26, 2020.