• Erica Chan

Expired Claim - Potentially Eligible for PEUC

Updated: Jul 26

Did you get this notice?



It really puts you on alert when you read "claim expired" when you've fought so hard to finally get your claim normalized. But NO WORRIES -- all this is, is just a notice. It is telling you that you have an OLDER EXPIRED CLAIM that is potentially eligible for PEUC.


If you CURRENTLY have an active claim with a balance - DO NOT FILE A NEW CLAIM.


The only situation where you would want to file a new claim is if you do not have an active one at all. After you file, if you are not eligible, because you have an old eligible claim for PEUC, they may determine to put you on PEUC on your old claim.



More about PEUC

  • PEUC provides up to 13 additional weeks of payments to individuals who have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits with respect to a benefit year that ended on or after July 1, 2019.

  • The PEUC extension is available until December 31, 2020.

FAQ from EDD here

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation will be in two phases:


Phase 1

Benefit year started on or after June 2, 2019 with exhausted benefits

  • As of May 27, EDD is reviewing your claim. If you are not eligible for a new UI claim, they will automatically file for a PEUC extension on your last valid UI claim

  • You should get a notice 5-7 business days after they file your PEUC extension with more information

  • Make sure to check your inbox in your UI Online portal about potential eligibility

  • Follow up e-mail will come within a few days about weekly certifications

Phase 2

Benefit year started after July 2018 and before June 2, 2019 with exhausted benefits

  • If you're in this group, do not delay in filing for a new regular UI claim

  • Look out for mail notices in early JULY

  • You will have to apply for a new UI claim through their online portal in case you have more wages for a new claim

  • If you are not eligible for a new claim, they will automatically file a PEUC extension on your last claim

  • After extension is filed, you'll need to continue certifying


How much will I get in benefits?

  • Your PEUC payments will be the same as the weekly benefit amount on your last valid regular claim. Payments will be the same you were paid with regular UI claim (for most people it's the EDD Debit Card)

Do I qualify for the PEUC 13 week extension?

To qualify for a PEUC extension, you must:

  • Be fully or partially unemployed March 29, 2020, or after.

  • Have used all benefits on your claim that started July 8, 2018, or after.

  • Not qualify for a regular UI claim in California or any other state.

  • Meet all UI eligibility requirements.

I currently have a PUA claim, what happens now?

  • If you filed a PUA claim because you used all your UI benefits, they will stop PUA claim as of March 29 and will transfer you automatically to a PEUC claim. You can't collect PEUC and PUA at the same time.


Can I move from PUA to PEUC?

  • PEUC is a 13 week extension ONLY for people that have exhausted regular UI benefits and not related to those serving penalty weeks or need to serve.

How long is PEUC for?

  • PEUC is a 13 week extension on top of your 26 weeks from your regular claim.

What happens when my 13-week extension ends?

  • If you use all your PEUC benefits or reach the end date in December 2020, you may qualify for a separate extension of benefits known as Federal Extended Benefits, also known as FED-ED. We will add more information on the requirements to qualify for the FED-ED extension and how we will deploy the additional federal extension.

If I'm attending school, do I still qualify for the extension?

Can I still collect benefits if I go back to work?

  • PEUC is the same as being on regular UI -- you still need to report income. If you return to full-time work, you are no longer eligible. If you are part-time or not working much, see this article here on how to calculate your benefit.

Will I still get the additional $600?

  • All valid claims including PEUC will receive the additional $600. Additional $600 (FPUC) will end 7/25

Why does the paper says PEUC extends until the end of 2020?

  • If your claim exhausts from 3/29/20 up until the end of 2020, you will qualify for the additional 13 weeks of payment - it does not mean it lasts the entire rest of the year

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