.19 Unemployment Insurance (UI)
 
(01/01/21 - 12/31/21)
Urgent Bulletin emailed 09/17/2020 informed staff that FAA Systems will remove the FPUC LWA incomes effective for the month of 10/2020 and ongoing from all open/active NA and CA cases.
 
Per Urgent Bulletin emailed 01/05/2021, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) have been extended until further notice.
 
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an insurance benefit that may be paid to people when they have lost their jobs and meet other eligibility criteria. State governments pay unemployment insurance from a fund of unemployment taxes or payroll taxes collected from employers.
 
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the following additional unemployment benefits are available:
 
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
 
A participant can only receive FPUC benefits when they are also receiving another type of unemployment compensation income.
 
Qualified Railroad employees may receive UI benefits. These benefits are available under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) which is administered by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).
 
For NA, all unemployment compensation payments, except FPUC payments, are countable as unearned income.
 
NOTE This includes participants receiving UI income under the age of 18.
 
For CA, all unemployment compensation payments are not countable as unearned income effective 04/13/2020.
 
NOTE This includes participants receiving UI income under the age of 18.
 
For Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), all unemployment compensation payments are countable as unearned income effective 04/13/2020.
 
Key one or more of the following Unearned Income Codes in the INC TYPE field on UNIC for:
 
Regular UI, PEUC,EB or any other unemployment compensation
For NA and CA, key the UI Unearned Income Code
For RCA, key the UI OT Unearned Income Code
PUA:
For NA and CA, key the UI PU Unearned Income Code
For RCA, key the UI OT Unearned Income Code
FPUC:
For NA and CA, key the UI FP Unearned Income Code
For RCA, key the UI OT Unearned Income Code
Railroad UI
For NA and CA, key the RR UI Unearned Income Code
For RCA, key the UI OT Unearned Income Code
 
NOTE Key each UI type individually on UNIN and document clearly.
 
Consider the UI benefits available to the participant on the second workday(g) following the date benefits are issued. Use HOSC to identify the date benefits are issued.
 
When the participant states they have recently moved to Arizona investigate the possibility of out of state UI benefits.
 
When possible receipt of UI benefits from California is indicated, request verification from the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD). Mail an Authority To Release Information (FAA-1765A) form signed by the participant, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to the California EDD Address.
 
When a low balance shows for the participant’s UI benefits, only budget the actual amount of benefits that are remaining. When the benefits run out after the current system month (CSM) and prior to the end of the current approval period complete the following:
 
Set a free form ACTS alert for the month prior to the month benefits are ending.
Indicate that UI benefits are ending.
 
WARNING
Do not budget future UI benefits when either of the following occurs:
When any of the following Pay Type Codes display in the PAY TYPE field on HOSC:
03 - Ineligible due to military waiting period
07 - Disqualified
10 - Waiting Week
12 - Pending unresolved issue
15 - Benefits exhausted
16 - Final pay
17 - Monetarily ineligible
28 - Claimant declines due to employment
NOTE When Pay Type Code 28 is used there is a possibility the participant may have new employment.
At the time of benefit approval there is no date in the ISSUE DATE field on HOSC.