Are Oregon employers paying for these non-traditional workers’ unemployment benefits?
No. When Congress passed the CARES Act, it created and fully funded the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) to help self-employed, contract workers, and those with insufficient wages or work history. Other CARES Act and pandemic-related programs created and paid by the federal government include:
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): This program extends UI benefits up to 13 weeks and expired Dec. 26, 2020.
Extended Benefits (EB): This program extends benefits for 13-20 weeks during a high unemployment period. EB is fully funded by the federal government from March 19-Dec. 26, 2020, under the CARES Act. Otherwise, 50% of EB benefits are funded by the UI trust fund.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): This expired program provided an extra $600 weekly benefit to people receiving unemployment benefits from March 29 – July 25, 2020.
Work Share (Short-Term Compensation): This program offers businesses an alternative to layoffs. It uses UI to subsidize part of lost wages for employers whose work time is reduced due to market downturns or other business stressors. The federal government reimbursed states from March 19-Dec. 26, 2020, for all Work Share benefits paid. Otherwise, Work Share benefits are funded by the UI trust fund.
Lost Wages Assistance (LWA): This expired program provided an extra $300 weekly benefit to people who were unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 from July 26-Sept. 5.