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American Rescue Plan Act 2021

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Provides For Additional Cash Assistance and Supplemental Federal Unemployment Benefits. ... The Act also provides supplemental Federal Unemployment Benefits of $300 per week, extending through September 6, 2021. This federal supplement is in addition to the state unemployment benefits

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: The PUA program provides assistance to those unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular or unemployment insurance, such as business owners, self-employed workers, independent contractors, individuals who do not have sufficient work history and those individuals who may not be covered by the regular unemployment compensation or are not covered by the unemployment compensation programs under state laws. Originally, the PUA program provided up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits and was set to expire under the CARES Act on December 31, 2020. The program was then extended under the Consolidated Appropriations Act to provide up to 50 weeks of unemployment benefits through March 14, 2021. Now, ARPA provides up to 79 weeks of unemployment benefits (and up to 86 weeks for individuals in states with high levels of unemployment) and is extended through September 6, 2021.

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation: The FPUC program initially provided $600 per week as a supplement to the benefits provided by the state. The program under the CARES Act was set to expire on July 31, 2020, and was later extended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act through March 14, 2021, at a reduced $300 in benefits per week. ARPA extends the $300 in supplemental benefits through September 6, 2021.

  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation: The MEUC program targets freelancers and gig economy workers and provides financial assistance to those individuals who receive at least $5,000 in self-employment income, who are not receiving benefits under the PUA and who are eligible to receive at least one dollar in state unemployment benefits during the time period covered by the program. The MEUC program provided an additional $100 in supplemental benefits to eligible individuals. The MEUC program is extended through September 6, 2021, under ARPA.