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New federal stimulus legislation

Congress recently passed stimulus legislation that may affect your unemployment benefits. Effective December 27, 2020, the legislation will provide:

  • 11 more weeks of benefits under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program 
  • 11 more weeks of benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program 
  • A $300 per week supplemental payment to anyone receiving unemployment benefits from any program

December 31, 2020 update:

We expect to start paying the newly authorized PEUC and PUA benefits as soon as January 3, 2021, when the week of December 27, 2020 first becomes requestable.

We are currently awaiting federal funding for the $300 supplemental payments. We expect we will be able to begin making $300 supplemental payments as soon as federal funding becomes available. We will update this page when we have more information.


We know that all of this can be confusing and the main question you probably have is: “When will I get paid?”. Whenever possible, we will simply move applicants to the program they are eligible for and allow them to continue requesting benefits on their usual schedule.

However, the new laws are a little different from the previous versions. We may need to wait for administrative guidance or funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) before we can make certain adjustments to your account. There may also be times when we may need more information from you. We will contact you by email and letter if we need you to take any special action within your account. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to your benefit account.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a federal extension program for people who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. PEUC was created by the CARES Act on March 27, 2020.

Under the original text of the CARES Act, PEUC benefits were available for a maximum of 13 weeks and set to expire on December 26, 2020.

The new stimulus law signed on December 27, 2020 authorizes up to 11 more weeks of PEUC benefits beginning December 27, 2020 (up to a maximum of 24 weeks).

The first week of PEUC under the new law is the week beginning December 27, 2020. You will be able to request payment for this week on or after January 3, 2021.

PEUC benefits will not be available retroactively for weeks prior to December 27, 2020.

PEUC benefits available again beginning December 27, 2020. Request payment for this week January 3, 2021 or after.


You may be eligible for PEUC benefits beginning the week of December 27, 2020 in any of the following situations:

  • You recently exhausted your regular unemployment benefits 
  • You recently exhausted your PEUC or Extended Benefits (EB)
  • You exhausted your PEUC/EB benefits a while ago, but have not requalified for regular unemployment benefits

If you have not collected benefits in a while, you may need to reactivate your account before you can resume requesting PEUC benefits.

Your account will be transitioned to the new PEUC benefits automatically. You will not need to re-apply. Your benefit amount will not change. 

Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed. The last payable week for PEUC will be for the week ending March 13, 2021. If you receive a PEUC payment for that week, and you have a remaining balance on your account, you may be eligible to participate in a phaseout period and collect PEUC through the week ending April 10, 2021.

Learn more about unemployment benefit extensions.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extension

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides weekly benefit payments for those who are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota or any other state. PUA was created by the CARES Act on March 27, 2020. 

Under the original text of the CARES Act, PUA benefits were available for a maximum of 39 weeks and set to expire on December 26, 2020.

Under the new stimulus law signed on December 27, 2020, PUA benefits can now last for 11 more weeks (up to a maximum of 50 weeks).

The first week of PUA benefits under the new law is the week beginning December 27, 2020. You will be able to request payment for this week on or after January 3, 2021.

Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed. The last payable week for PUA will be for the week ending March 13, 2021. If you receive a PUA payment for that week, and you have a remaining balance on your account, you may be eligible to participate in a phaseout period and collect PUA through the week ending April 10, 2021.

  • Your account will be transitioned automatically. You will not need to re-apply. 
  • Your benefit amount will not change. 
  • Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed.

Please note that the stimulus legislation included some new PUA eligibility requirements. This means we may need to ask you for more information over the next several weeks. Please check your email and your online account regularly for updates.

$300 per week supplemental payment

The new stimulus legislation authorizes a $300 per week supplemental payment beginning December 27, 2020. We are currently awaiting federal funding to implement this program

Here is how we expect the $300 per week supplemental payment will work:

  • If you receive an unemployment benefit payment (of any amount) for a week the $300 supplemental payment is available, you will automatically receive the $300 supplemental payment. 
  • You don’t have to make any kind of special request for the $300 supplemental payment. 
  • The $300 supplemental payment will only be available for a specific time period: weeks of unemployment between December 27, 2020 and March 14, 2021.
Calendar pointing out the first payable week of the $300 supplemental payment (week of December 27, 2020) and when to start requesting this payment (January, 3, 2021 or after).

New Mixed Earnings Unemployment Compensation Program

The new stimulus legislation also provides an $100 per week supplemental payment for certain self-employed people/independent contractors who are collecting regular unemployment benefits. This program will require proof of a minimum level of net income from self-employment in order to be eligible for a payment. We expect this means that you would have to submit your 2019 self-employment tax forms to show your net income. However, we are currently awaiting detailed instructions from the U.S. Department of Labor on how this new program will work. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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