> The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program provides that eligible claimants shall receive an additional $300 per week payment. This payment to eligible claimants will begin for the week ending January 2, 2021, and will continue until the week ending March 13, 2021. Unemployment benefits, including this additional $300 per week payment, are subject to federal and state income taxes.
> DES is aware that the US Department of Labor has issued new guidance to states regarding the expansion of eligibility for workers who declined work due to pandemic safety concerns. The earliest that the USDOL anticipates that this expanded eligibility will be available is the end of March. DES will provide further updates when available. Claims representatives have no further information on this program at this time.