Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in Oregon



Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in Oregon

What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?
PUA is a federal program created through the CARES Act of 2020, and provides unemployment benefits to workers that are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. This includes people who are self-employed, independent contractors, and those who do not have enough recent earnings to receive regular unemployment benefits.

Who is eligible for PUA?
Those who are out of work due to COVID-19 and not eligible for any other unemployment insurance benefits will be eligible for PUA. Eligible workers include the:
• Self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers
• Employees whose wages are not reported for unemployment insurance
• Employees who have not earned enough wages or worked enough hours for regular unemployment benefits, and
• People who were going to start work but could not.

How long will PUA last? And is it retroactive?
PUA benefits may last for up to 39 weeks you are eligible and out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Possible eligible weeks begin on the week starting February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020. This does not mean you will automatically receive PUA for every week from February through December; your eligibility will still need to be determined.