Recent federal rules expanded the reasons for school workers and people who provide services to schools so that they can now receive PUA benefits.
That means we can now pay benefits to school employees and people providing services to schools who are unemployed or had their hours reduced as a result of COVID-19. This includes changes in work schedules and partial closures.
If you were denied benefits on a Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim during a school break, AND your other non-school work in self-employment or employment was impacted by COVID-19 during the break period, you may be eligible to receive PUA for those impacted weeks.
We will reach out to you if you may benefit from this rule change and we will provide instructions on any actions you need to take. You DO NOT need to call us.
School Employee Recess
Federal and state laws require that individuals who worked for an educational institution during the base year of their claim have their unemployment insurance applications reviewed during recess periods.
An adjudicator may review your claim and decide if the educational institution’s wages can be used to claim unemployment insurance benefits during the recess period. We base our decisions on the information we have currently available. If a person’s situation changes after a decision has been issued, we will reopen the investigation and potentially end or reverse a decision.
A base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters preceding the benefit year. For example, if a person applied for benefits in March 2020, a regular base year claim would include the fourth quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019). The base year changes with each calendar quarter and is determined by the quarter in which the initial claim is filed.
If an individual does not qualify for unemployment insurance using the standard base year, we will use the four most recently completed calendar quarters.