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Unemployment benefits: Why some people are still waiting for payments – WGAL Lancaster

Unemployment benefits: Why some people are still waiting for payments – WGAL Lancaster

SEPARATE PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TOM: FUNDING FOR TWO PROGRAMS, PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND PANDEMIC EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT, EXPIRED IN LATE DECEMBER NEW FUNDING WAS INCLUDED BY CONGRESS IN THE FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE. BUT PENNSYLVANIA’S LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS THERE’S A HITCH. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MONEY, LIKE INCREASED VERIFICATION OF BENEFITS. A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY TOLD ME THE STATE HAS TO REVAMP ITS COMPUTER SYSTEM THAT ISSUES BENEFITS FOR THOSE PROGRAMS AND THAT COULD ALSO DELAY THE EXTRA $300 YOU MIGHT BE EXPECTING WITH THOSE BENEFITS. THE OTHER BIG ISSUE? THE STATE SAYS THERE’S NO TIMETABLE ON WHEN THAT MIGHT BE RESOLVED. PEOPLE WHO HAVE QUESTIONS SHOULD EMAIL UCHELP@PA.GOV. A LABOR DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN TOLD ME THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS THOUGH — THE STATE IS

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry explains what’s holding up unemployment benefits from two federal programs

WGAL News 8 has received many calls and emails from viewers who are wondering: Where are my unemployment benefits?Funding for two federal programs, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), expired in late December.New funding for those programs was part of the most recent federal stimulus package, but the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry said there is a hitch.The federal government has new requirements for PUA and PEUC, including increased verification of benefits.A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry said the state has to revamp the computer system that issues benefits for the programs, and that could also delay the extra $300 per week that people might be expecting with those benefits.State officials said there’s no timetable for when PUA and PEUC payments will resume.People who have questions should email uchelp@pa.gov.

WGAL News 8 has received many calls and emails from viewers who are wondering: Where are my unemployment benefits?

Funding for two federal programs, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), expired in late December.

New funding for those programs was part of the most recent federal stimulus package, but the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry said there is a hitch.

The federal government has new requirements for PUA and PEUC, including increased verification of benefits.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry said the state has to revamp the computer system that issues benefits for the programs, and that could also delay the extra $300 per week that people might be expecting with those benefits.

State officials said there’s no timetable for when PUA and PEUC payments will resume.

People who have questions should email uchelp@pa.gov.

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