PUA benefits extension available

By John McPhaul

Labor and Human Resources (DTRH by its Spanish initials) Secretary Carlos J. Rivera Santiago announced Sunday that claimants of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) can continue receiving their payments on a regular basis until September due to the update of the platform and the extension of benefits approved by the federal government.

“As we had anticipated in the middle of last week, the programming of the PUA platform would be available to claimants during this same weekend,” Rivera Santiago said.

The new extension of benefits approved under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will be valid until Sept. 4.

“This economic package will include the additional $300 per week to the compensation that claimants receive,” the Labor chief added.

The platform update includes mixed compensation claimants, who receive an additional $100 on top of the weekly compensation, and the $300, by having their own registered business and in turn working with an insured employer. That extension will also be in effect until Sept. 4.

“In the case of the unemployment claimants, the contractor in charge of the platform continues to work on updating the service,” Rivera Santiago said. “We continue to monitor each day so that they can receive their payments with the same speed as the PUA claimants.”

“Any claimant who exhausted their benefits in the first year of their case, must wait for instructions once the contractor delivers the system to us,” the DTRH secretary added. “This is aimed mainly at those claimants who are under the PEUC [Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation] or BE [benefit extension] programs.”

At the moment, 61,423 claimants are collecting their PEUC extension of benefits, while another 10,103 are receiving their payments under the BE extension.

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