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View this quick guide about the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

The extended benefit (PEUC) and pandemic unemployment (PUA) processes have not been completed. We will announce when they are available. There is no filing option. All claims will be backdated that qualify. PEUC's first payable week is the week from 3-29 to 4-4-20.

If you are an independent contractor, we are awaiting guidance from the federal government on how best to assist you. Please revisit the site for updates.

Phone lines are for customers without internet access or who require translation. Please use the OESC Virtual Agent and “Your Questions Answered” for guidance.

If there is a “pending issue” with your claim, we will contact you. 

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How to Apply for Unemployment

Before you apply, read through these steps to make sure you can file a complete claim and receive your benefits as soon as possible. If you have a question, scroll down for "Your Questions Answered" or ask the OESC Virtual Agent.

1. Make Sure You Are Qualified

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You are able to work
  • You are available to work and registered in OKJobMatch.com
  • You must have earned a minimum of $1,500 during your base period

2. Have All the Right Information on Hand

Information you enter may not save if you leave the application

  • Social Security Number
  • Name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Alien registration number and expiration date, if a non-citizen
  • Oklahoma Driver's License or state-issued ID card number
  • Name and address of the company on your paycheck stub or W-2 form
  • Employment (start date and end date)
  • Wages earned and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly)
  • Form SF8 or SF 50 if employed by the Federal government in the last 18 months
  • DD Form 214 for military service in the previous 18 months

3. Start Your Application

  • To progress through the application, use the next and back buttons in the application itself. Using the 'Back' button in your browser will lose your progress
  • Completing the application can take up to an hour based on your individual requirements
  • Closing the application window before completion might require you to start over

GET STARTED

4. Follow Up After You File

  • Once you file, use your username to register within seven days at OKJobMatch.com
    • If you don't register, you will delay your benefits.
  • Come back every week to reapply and continue to receive benefits.
  • Once you have been determined to be eligible, your information will be sent to our card vendor, and you will be issued an OKJobMatch card. There may still be requirements to receive payments on your card, such as your weekly filing.
    • Because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation and delays with the mail, it may take 16 - 18 business days before you receive your Unemployment Insurance debit card.
      • If you have received unemployment benefits in the past three years, you may not receive a new card.  Use your existing card.
      • If you know your card number and pin, you can access the Conduent IVR or website.
          • You can use your SSN, DOB, and PIN to request a new card via the Conduent IVR or website.
          • If you do not have your card number and PIN, then you may have to request a new card through the Conduent website or the Way2Go mobile app available on the iOS and Google app stores.
  • As of Oct 1, 2019, if you have never received unemployment benefits and you've been recently eligible or had a recent deposit to your account for benefits, your card might have been already issued.
    • You can set up direct deposit if you have not yet received your card. This will increase your speed of delivery of benefits. Do this at www.goprogram.com
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What does the CARES act outline as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?

The CARES Act which has been passed by Congress and signed by the President created three new unemployment insurance (UI) programs to provide expanded UI benefits due to COVID-19.

 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): For individuals who qualify for new or existing benefits through Oklahoma’s traditional unemployment compensation program, FPUC provides an additional $600 per week to an individual's weekly benefit amount through July 31. These amounts have already started to be issued.

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. If you are not traditionally eligible for UC, you may be eligible to receive PUA for 39 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.  

 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a program that provides an extra 13 weeks of unemployment insurance after you have exhausted your regular benefits.  If you previously exhausted your unemployment benefits, you may receive an additional 13 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.

 

What is the duration of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits?

The disaster assistance program begins with the first week following the date the pandemic or major disaster began. During the assistance period, benefits are available to individuals as long as their unemployment, which must have been caused by the disaster, continues or until they are reemployed in a suitable position, but no longer than 26 weeks after the major disaster is declared. An applicant's continued eligibility for benefits is determined on a week-to-week basis.

For the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of benefits will be 02/01/2020 through 01/01/2021.

Do I have to make work searches during the COVID-19 pandemic?

No. At this time the OESC has waived the work search requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the required number of work search contacts is zero, individuals should respond “yes” when asked if the required number of work search contacts have been made when filing a weekly claim for benefits.

Do I have to serve a waiting period during the COVID-19 pandemic?

No. The Governor has signed an Executive Order waiving the waiting period. All claims filed with an effective date of 3/15/20 or later will have the waiting period waived as long as the order remains in effect.

What do I do if I get a card with no balance?

If you receive a debit card with no balance, that may just mean that your eligibility to receive benefits has not been processed yet. You can go to OESC Digital Services to review your claim status. 

Where do I send copies of my photo IDs?  

You can email your photo ID documentation to [email protected]

What to do if you get bounced off the system before finishing?

Call 1-800-555-1554 and tell the agent you received a system error and need to finish filing your claim or need to verify that the claim has been filed. 

How can I correct information I submitted incorrectly?

Call 1-800-555-1554 and tell the agent you received a system error and need to finish filing your claim or need to verify that the claim has been filed. 

How much am I eligible to receive?

Oklahoma’s maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA) for the year 2020 is $539. The amount that an individual qualifies for is based on wages earned from covered employers during the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. You can access information about your claim by visiting unemployment.ok.gov and clicking the “Claimant Access” link. You can find information regarding recent activity, monetary entitlement, and determinations of eligibility. 

This does not include additional weekly amounts that you may be eligible for under the CARES act.

How do I know if my claim went through?

To check the status of your claim, go to https://unemployment.state.ok.us/w2.aspx You will find information regarding the status of your application, recent activity, monetary entitlement, and determinations of eligibility.  

What is expected of me?

When you file for unemployment benefits you will be responsible for registering for work with OKJobMatch, filing your weekly claims, attending all required groups and appointments you may be scheduled for, and keeping a log of your work search efforts. If you live out of state, you must register for work in your resident state. Please read all information included in this book for additional information regarding the claims process.

How do I collect unemployment benefits? 

The first step is to complete your application in order to file an Initial Claim.  

You should then register and prepare a resume on OKJobMatch.com.  

Email a scan or photo of two forms of identification (one must be a photo ID) to [email protected].  

Your claim will be effective the Sunday during the week in which the claim is filed.  Next you must file weekly claims each week you wish to claim benefits.  

How do I find a job?

You are required to register for employment services within seven (7) days of initially filing your claim. This can be accomplished by registering at OKJobMatch.com. This interactive job search tool is designed to help you connect with employers and their job openings. You may also wish to access our services in one of the local Oklahoma Works Centers conveniently located throughout the state.

How do I file my claim with no internet access? 

You may call 1-800-555-1554 to speak with a representative regarding filing a claim by phone. 

What do I need to do to have taxes taken out of my check?

Unemployment Insurance benefits are subject to federal and state income tax. You must report unemployment benefits you receive when you file your income taxes. By January 31 of each year, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will send you a form 1099-G with the amount of benefits you received the prior year. You may elect to have federal and state taxes withheld from your weekly unemployment benefits. If you choose to have taxes withheld, federal taxes of 10% and state taxes of 3% will be deducted from the gross amount of your payment each week.

Can I file for unemployment if I quit?

Anyone who is unemployed may file a claim for unemployment.  When filing your initial claim, you will be asked to provide the reason for separation from your last employer of 15 days or longer.  If you quit or resigned, an issue (hold) will be placed on your claim until a determination of eligibility is made by the Commission.  An individual shall be disqualified for benefits for leaving his or her last work voluntarily without good cause connected to the work, if so found by the Commission.  There are certain provision for leaving work due to compelling family circumstances.  Additional information regarding this topic can be found in the Oklahoma Employment Security Act under Sections 2-404 and 2-210. 

Can I work part-time and still receive benefits?

Yes. However, you must report the amount of money you earned, before any deductions were made, for each week, whether or not you were paid during the week. Earnings must be reported during the week you earn them, not when you actually receive the payment. Work is anything you do for wages, including self-employment, during the seven days of the week you are claiming Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Can I file for unemployment if I got fired?

Anyone who is unemployed may file a claim for unemployment.  When filing your initial claim, you will be asked to provide the reason for separation from your last employer of 15 days or longer.  If you were discharged or fired, an issue (hold) will be placed on your claim until a determination of eligibility is made by the Commission.  An individual shall be disqualified for benefits if he or she has been discharged for misconduct connected with his or her last work.  The applicable law regarding this topic can be found in the Oklahoma Employment Security Act under Section 2-406. 

How do I change my address?

If you plan to change your address, you must report the change to your Unemployment Service Center prior to filing your weekly claim. Information required to change an address includes your name, social security number, old address, new address and the employer from whom you were separated when you filed your claim.

How long does it take to determine if I am eligible?

The U.S. Department of Labor has established the timeliness standard of 21 days for a determination of eligibility.  Please note that the 21-day timeframe is calculated from the day a claim becomes monetarily eligible.

How do I file an appeal?

You can file an appeal in person, by mail, fax, telephone or email. Include your name, social security number, phone number, date of determination, section of law you are appealing and a detailed explanation of why you disagree with the decision. The mailing address, fax number, telephone number and email address will be listed on your determination.

Who can file unemployment?

Unemployment insurance is a temporary income intended for individuals who have experienced a loss of work due to no fault of their own when suitable work is not available. In some cases, workers who quit their jobs may qualify. It is an insurance paid by employers.

How do I file for unemployment?

The first step is to make sure you are qualified. Generally, to be qualified, you must meet the following criteria;

 

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You are able to work
  • You are available to work and registered on OKJobMatch.com This requirement has been temporarily waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You must have earned a minimum of $1,500 during your base period

 

If you believe you are qualified, then make sure you have all the right information on hand. To submit the initial claim you will need:

  • Social Security Number
  • Name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Alien registration number and expiration date, if a non-citizen
  • Oklahoma Driver’s License or state-issued ID card number
  • Name and address of the company on your paycheck stub or W-2 form
  • Employment (start date and end date)
  • Wages earned and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly)
  • Form SF8 or SF 50 if employed by the Federal government in the last 18 months
  • DD Form 214 for military service in the last 18 months

 

When you have everything together, you can prepare and submit your application by clicking “Get Started” below. Your claim will be effective the Sunday during the week in which the claim is filed. You should come back every week to file weekly claims for each week you wish to claim benefits

 

If you are not eligible for Oklahoma’s regular unemployment compensation, you may be eligible for some of the expanded unemployment assistance authorized by the Federal CARES Act. 

Who is my separating employer?

The separating employer is the most recent employer for whom you have worked 15 days or more. This applies to individuals who are temporarily laid off and to those who have completely separated from employment. 

Do I need to wait to file until after my severance, accrued vacation pay or bonus payments are made?

You may file a claim upon separation from employment.  However, when filing your initial claim you must report the details of the severance package, and any other payments made to you by your employer after separation.  A determination will be made as to whether or not the severance payment is deductible from your unemployment benefits.  

Why can't I transfer funds from my debit card to my bank account?

Due to a spike in fraudulent activity, the one-time transfer rule which allows customers to transfer money from the debit card to a bank account will be temporarily suspended. This will not affect direct deposit transfers or debit card registration. In addition, individuals will still be able to complete a bank teller withdrawal free of charge. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Call Conduent at 866 320 8699 or visit www.goprogram.com if you have these questions or fall into these situations:
  • I have my card but I need to reset my pin.
  • I have an account with GoProgram.com, but no longer have a card.
    • Use the self-service option online to verify your address, and then request a new card.
    • If you last received benefits more than 3 years ago a new card will be automatically issued.
  • I have a forwarded address with the USPS or a PO Box as my address.  Debit cards will not be forwarded automatically by USPS or delivered to a P.O. Box.  Addresses need to be updated through OESC, not Conduent and then a new card requested.
    • Note: There are many apartment buildings that are not receiving expedited packages to individuals.
  • I’ve received confirmation from OESC that I am eligible for benefits and have a payment or deposit on my account, but I don’t have a card.
    • If you have recently applied for benefits then a card may be on its way.  Check your self-service options, if that is not possible call Conduent and have the status of your card.
  • I have my card, but I don’t know my pin.
    • Check the website self-service option below first and then call.
  • Conduent provides online and access to your account balances and transaction through both phone 1-866-320-8699 and web site.  
I have questions about using my Debit Card.

Please visit our vendor CONDUENT at www.goprogram.com and click the FAQ link in the lower left-hand corner.

Conduent is not able to answer these questions:

 

  • When will I receive a payment or a deposit?
    • Deposits are sent from OESC to Conduent based on the determination from OESC and claimants successfully completing the weekly claim.
  • When will I receive a card? 
    • Cards are mailed within 2 business days and are delivered by USPS.  Mail delivery times can vary in your area.  Expedited cards cannot be delivered to P. O. Boxes. Cards issued via USPS are not eligible to be forwarded.
  • I’m receiving errors on my weekly filing, what do I do?
  • When will my benefits be approved?
  • I’m self-employed, how do I receive benefits?
  • I have received my letter indicating that I have benefits and I’ve lost my previous card that is older than 3 years?
    • In this case, a new card will be issued with a new expiration date to the address on file.  Check the web portal self-service option to validate your address.
How are payments made?

An Unemployment Insurance benefit debit card will be issued to you at the time your first eligible week processes. Because of the continuing COVID-19 situation and delays with the mail, it may take 16 - 18 days before you receive your debit card.  Do not throw the debit card away.  You have two options to receive unemployment insurance payments.  You may receive your payments via the prepaid debit card or you may directly transfer the payments from the prepaid debit card into your own U.S. banking account, for no fee.

  • To receive payments to the debit card, you must activate the card by following the instructions sent with the card.
  • To set up this recurring direct transfer, you must activate your card and then visit www.goprogram.com or call 1-866-320-8699 and use the automated system to enter your banking information.
  • If you wish to set up a direct deposit without activating your card, you must visit www.goprogram.com
  • If you have previously been issued a debit card for payment within the past three years, your payment will be issued to that debit card unless otherwise specified.  If you no longer have your previously issued debit card, please contact our payment processing vendor at 1-866-320-8699.
How long does it take to get the debit card?

An Unemployment Insurance benefit debit card will be issued to you at the time your first eligible week processes.  It normally takes between 7-10 days to receive the card. Because of the continuing COVID-19 situation and delays with the mail, it may take 16 - 18 business days before you receive your Unemployment Insurance debit card. Do not throw the debit card away.  It is valid for three years.  If you have previously been issued a debit card for payment within the past three years, your payment will be issued to that debit card unless otherwise specified.  If you no longer have your previously issued debit card, please contact our payment processing vendor at 1-866-320-8699.

How do I get benefits with direct deposit?

If you want to have your benefit deposited directly, visit GoProgram.com or call 1-866-320-8699 and use the automated system to enter your banking information.

Can cards be expedited?

Cards can be expedited by Conduent and there is a fee for the additional mailing costs.  These will be deducted from the balance on your card.  There is a limited number of these that can be processed on any given day.

When will I receive my payment?

By law, the first payable (or allowable) week of the claim is considered to be a waiting period. Although you must still file your weekly claim (either by phone or internet), you will not be paid for the waiting period week.

No benefits will be paid if there are insufficient wages to establish monetary eligibility, if there is an issue being investigated, or if you do not file your weekly claim. Once benefits have been approved and the waiting period week is served, payments are made within 2-3 days of the weekly claim being filed. Weekly claims are filed after the week ends but must be filed within fourteen days of the week ending date. All weeks run Sunday through Saturday.

How do I know how much I’m eligible to receive?

Oklahoma’s maximum weekly benefit amount (WBA) for the year 2020 is $539. The amount that an individual qualifies for is based on wages earned from covered employers during the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. You can access information about your claim by visiting unemployment.ok.gov and clicking the “Claimant Access” link. You can find information regarding recent activity, monetary entitlement, and determinations of eligibility. 

This does not include additional weekly amounts that you may be eligible for under the CARES act.

How is my weekly benefit amount calculated?

The amount you may receive weekly is one twenty-third (1/23) of the highest quarter of taxable wages in your base period not to exceed the maximum weekly benefit amount allowed by Oklahoma law. Taxable wages are those wages during your base period that are subject to unemployment tax. In 2020 the maximum WBA is capped at $539.00. If monetarily eligible, the weekly benefit amount will not be less than $16.00 nor more than the maximum WBA.

This does not include additional weekly amounts that you may be eligible for under the CARES act.

How long will you be closed to the public?

At the current time, we are monitoring the situation and will make adjustments to our operations as we need to for the health and safety of our staff and the citizens of Oklahoma. Updates will be made to our website and our local Facebook pages as updates are made. 

How do I change my PIN number?

Our customer service representatives do not have access to your PIN. If you forget your number or want to change, we can reset your PIN so you can establish a new PIN or you can change your PIN online. Contact your Unemployment Service Center or visit the website.

Where can I find out about updates about my local office status? 

As information becomes available we will post it to our website at ok.gov/oesc and to our local Facebook pages. 

How and when do I file my weekly claim?

After you have filed your application for benefits, you must file weekly claims in order to receive benefits. The filing week begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and end on Saturday at midnight. You cannot file a weekly claim until after the week is over. If you attempt to file before the week has ended, your claim will not be accepted.

Weekly claims can be filed by:

https://unemployment.state.ok.us

OR

Telephone:

Inside the OKC calling area use: (405) 525-1500
Outside the OKC calling area use: (800) 555-1554

Where can I go to use the internet? 

At the present time we are not encouraging anyone to go into public to obtain internet access if you do not have it at your house; be aware and use discretion when making this decision for yourself and your family. 

What if I can't file my weekly claim?

Contact your local Service Center during normal business hours if you encounter any problems when filing your weekly claim:

  • Inside the Oklahoma City calling area—(405) 525-1500
  • Outside the Oklahoma City calling area—(800) 555-1554
  • TTY/TDD Calls—(866) 284-6695
What if I forget to file my weekly claim on Sunday?

There is a fourteen-day grace period to file a weekly claim.  Weekly claims must be filed within fourteen days of the week ending date to be considered timely.  Claims which are filed untimely may not be paid.

How do I know if my claim went through?

To check the status of your claim, go tohttps://ui.ok.gov/en. You will find information regarding the status of your application, recent activity, monetary entitlement, and determinations of eligibility.  

What does "Not Monetarily Eligible" mean?

If a claim is ‘not monetarily eligible’, that means there were not sufficient covered wages in your base period. The base period is the period of time (currently all of calendar year 2019) that we look at to determine monetary eligibility.  There are two requirements to be monetarily eligible.  First, you must have earned at least $1500 during the base period.  Second, the highest quarter of taxable wages must be less than 2x’s the total wages in the remaining three quarters of the base period.  The second rule is waived if base period wage have met or exceeded the taxable limit.  The taxable limit for 2019 was $18,100.  For 2020 it is $18,700.

Are there extensions available if I’ve previously exhausted my claim?

There are no extensions at this time, but if Congress enacts an extension (EUC) or disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) we will provide details on our web site. 

There is an "issue" on my claim. What does that mean?

If there is an 'issue' on your claim that is preventing payment, the Commission has to investigate the issue and determine whether you are eligible to receive benefits. That process takes up to 20 days from the date the Commission 'detected' or was made aware that you had an issue. You will then receive a notice in the mail telling you whether you are eligible to receive benefits. Payments will be backdated to the date the claim was filed. 

How do I stop my claim?

To stop your claim, simply discontinue filing weekly claims.  No additional payments will be made.  
 

How do I cancel my claim?

To cancel your claim please submit a copy of your Social Security card and government issued ID, along with a written statement detailing the reason for the request.  You may fax the request to 405-962-7524.

Are the offices open?

In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of our employees the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has made the difficult decision to close public access to all OESC State Administrative Offices and Local Oklahoma Works American Job Centers. OESC staff are working remotely to maintain and provide essential services. We encourage all customers to use the online tools available below. We ask for your patience as we strive to serve our fellow Oklahomans as well as keeping our employees safe. 

Why are you closed to the public?

Due to the impact that the Coronavirus has had on our nation, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is utilizing social distancing practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. OESC is unable to properly sanitize workforce center equipment/computers nor possess the ability to provide proper personal safety equipment to our customers or employees.  OESC's first priority is your health and the safety of your family and our leadership team made the decision to prevent possible exposure of COVID-19 to our customers and employees. Please note that our staff is processing claims and performing our normal job duties remotely in order to continue to serve you.

What does the CARES act outline as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?

The CARES Act which has been passed by Congress and signed by the President created three new unemployment insurance (UI) programs to provide expanded UI benefits due to COVID-19.

 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): For individuals who qualify for new or existing benefits through Oklahoma’s traditional unemployment compensation program, FPUC provides an additional $600 per week to an individual's weekly benefit amount through July 31. These amounts have already started to be issued.

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. If you are not traditionally eligible for UC, you may be eligible to receive PUA for 39 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.  

 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a program that provides an extra 13 weeks of unemployment insurance after you have exhausted your regular benefits.  If you previously exhausted your unemployment benefits, you may receive an additional 13 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.

 

How do I file a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim?

The OESC is now accepting pre-applications from claimants impacted by COVID-19 related job loss or business closure who do not otherwise qualify for traditional unemployment compensation benefits. PUA applicants may begin the pre-application process at https://ui.ok.gov. Once you've completed the PUA pre-application process, you're already in line for when the OESC begins paying out this relief.

Who is eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

PUA is available to unemployed individuals not eligible for regular, extended benefits, or Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), including exhaustees. It does not include individuals able to telework with pay or individuals receiving paid sick or other leave.

Are my Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits taxable?

PUA benefits are subject to federal income taxes. An option of voluntarily withholding federal income tax from benefits is available. You have the option of having federal income tax in the amount of 10% withheld from your weekly assistance amount (after applicable adjustments such as earnings and retirement).

If you choose to have federal income taxes withheld from your claim, you will be permitted to change your withholding status in the future if you desire. If you desire to change your original decision, you must request a change in writing through any local office of Workforce Services.

How are my weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) assistance amounts computed?

The computation of the weekly assistance amount for PUA will be based on the gross wages for an unemployed worker and net earnings for self-employed individuals. All wages earned for the performance of services in the most recently completed tax year (2019) will be used to compute the weekly assistance amount.

The weekly assistance amount will be calculated in accordance with Oklahoma Employment Security Law. The weekly amount shall be the weekly amount of compensation that the individual would have been paid as regular unemployment insurance compensation unless the weekly benefit amount is less than 50% of the average weekly payment of regular unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum weekly assistance amount shall not exceed the maximum weekly benefit amount of regular unemployment insurance benefits payable in the state. Employment, wages, and self-employment that are not covered by the Oklahoma Employment Security Law shall be treated in the same manner and with the same effect as covered employment and wages. Employment and wages that are prohibited by federal law shall not be included in the computation of weekly assistance amount

What is the difference between PUA and PEUC?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), temporarily expands unemployment insurance eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. If you are not traditionally eligible for UC, you may be eligible to receive PUA for 39 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.  

 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a program that provides an extra 13 weeks of unemployment insurance after you have exhausted your regular benefits.  If you previously exhausted your unemployment benefits, you may receive an additional 13 weeks plus $600 a week until 7/31/2020.

 

What is Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)?

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is a federal program that allows an extension of regular unemployment benefits for up to 13 weeks. The program effective date is 3-29-20. The program end date is the week ending 12-26-20.

Do I qualify for PEUC?

To qualify for PEUC benefits, an individual must:

  • Have a benefit year ending after 7-1-2019

  • Must have exhausted regular benefit allowance

  • Must file the PEUC application

Why do I need to file a PEUC application?

Individuals whose benefit year has ended since 7-1-2019 will be required to file a new regular unemployment claim before allowing a PEUC claim to be established. This is to determine eligibility for regular unemployment benefits. If the individual is monetarily eligible for a new regular unemployment claim, that claim will be established and paid rather than the PEUC regardless of the change in the Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA). Individuals who establish a new claim that is not monetarily eligible will be allowed to file a PEUC claim.

When does my PEUC go into effect?

For individuals who exhausted their regular UI claim after weekending 3-28-20, the PEUC claim will be effective the Sunday following the week in which the claim exhausted. For individuals who exhausted prior to the week ending 3-28-20, the effective date of the PEUC claim will be 3-29-20.

How do I file for PEUC benefits?

To file for PEUC benefits, go to ui.ok.gov. In the Access Benefits box in the upper right-hand corner, you will need to either sign in or create an account if you have not already done so. This will require that you enter an email address and password.

If you are creating an account, you will need to complete the registration page. This will require a valid email address, and you must provide a password.

If you already had an account, you must log in to that account.

You will then be taken to your account page. From the account page, select on Apply for Traditional Unemployment Benefits.

Next, click on the button that says Apply for Traditional Unemployment Benefits.

From the next page, go to the bottom, under item 3, Start your Application and click the “Get Started” button.

The first page you see will be the misconduct statement, the next page will ask for your social security number and after you provide that, along with your PIN and possibly security questions, you will be given a menu.

Click the link that says, “File for a claim for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.” After you complete your application, depending upon the effective date of the PEUC claim, you may be given the option to file a weekly claim for benefits.

What if I am still within my benefit year?

Individuals who are still within a benefit year will be eligible for their regular unemployment claim WBA when filing for PEUC.