Unemployment Insurance Update from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Statement from Indiana Department of Workforce Development
December 29, 2020

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is currently reviewing details of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 Congress recently passed and President Donald Trump has signed into law.

DWD will provide claimants additional information regarding the next steps they need to take to receive the modified federal unemployment benefits listed in the new Act once it has the program rules from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

DWD must wait on program guidance from the USDOL before it can begin the implementation of the new programs. There is no firm timeline as to when states will receive this guidance from the federal government. The state cannot pay benefits until it receives rules for these modified programs. Once that occurs, DWD will work to implement the changes as quickly as possible to provide these much-needed benefits to eligible Hoosier claimants.

Highlights of the new Act include:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will provide a $300 weekly add on to regular unemployment insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) payments
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is modified to add 11 weeks of eligibility and new documentation requirements showing proof of employment or self-employment
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is modified to add 11 weeks of eligibility to a maximum of 24 weeks through 3/14/21
  • Nonprofit and Government entities will be reimbursed at a 50% rate through 3/14/21

Once the guidance is issued, DWD will provide updates on the DWD websites (www.in.gov/dwd) and on the DWD social media networks. DWD will work to make the necessary changes to continue to deliver benefits to eligible Hoosiers and administer the new provisions in the Act.

For further assistance with unemployment insurance go to
www.unemployment.in.gov or call 1-800-891-6499.