Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. It expands states’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for many workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including for workers who are not ordinarily eligible for unemployment benefits.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is one of these programs

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program covers individuals who:

  • Have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment compensation under state or federal law

  • Have no rights to regular unemployment compensation under any other state or federal law

  • Are not receiving compensation under the unemployment compensation laws of Canada

  • Are able to work

  • Are available for work

  • Are actively seeking work – If required by state law (See "Certification and reporting requirements," below)

This program provides 13 weeks of benefits.


Filing Requirements

Submitting your PEUC claim application does not mean your PEUC claim has been filed.  JSND needs to review and manually file your claim.  This process does take time.  If additional information is needed, you will receive a letter or phone call requesting the missing or incomplete information. 

The best way for you to monitor your PEUC claim progress is to review your correspondence page on your UIICE account.

Once your claim has been filed, you will receive a PEUC Monetary Determination that contains your weekly benefit amount

We strongly encourage you to sign up for electronic reminders and alerts to ensure you do not miss any requests for information, notifications, and tasks to complete in order to receive benefit payments.  You can sign up for electronic reminders / alerts by logging into your UIICE account.

General eligibility requirements

To be eligible for PEUC you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must first apply for and receive regular unemployment compensation benefits.

  • You must exhaust your regular unemployment compensation benefits.

  • You are able and available for work, within the meaning of applicable state law.

Certification and reporting requirements

Complete weekly certifications to receive benefits

  • Once your claim has been filed, you will receive a PEUC Monetary Determination that contains your weekly benefit amount

  • The action of filing your PPEUC claim by itself does not start payments.  You must file a weekly certification for each week you want to receive payment from the PEUC program.

  • Weeks for unemployment purposes begin on Sunday and end on the following Saturday.   The earliest you can file for a week of unemployment is on Sunday for the prior week that ended on Saturday.

  • You have a maximum 13 days after the Saturday of the week you wish to receive benefits to complete your certification. Failure to certify within the 13-day period may result in your being ineligible for benefits for the week. Please refer to the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Guide for additional instructions regarding certifying a week for benefit payment.

    • There are two ways to file your weekly certification for PEUC benefits

      1. Click the UIICE logo on

      2. Voice response telephone by calling (701) 328-4995

You must report gross wages earned for any employment. If you worked for someone and were paid, or if you are entitled to payment for the work, you must report the wages in the week earned.

You may continue to complete weekly certifications until you are no longer unemployed. If you receive PEUC benefits and later it is determined that you were ineligible for these benefits, you will be required to repay any PEUC benefits to which you were not entitled.

Make Job Contacts  

  • If you are not employer or union attached, you are required to complete 3 job contacts each week, starting the week you file your claim. 

Register for Work

  • Within 10 days of filing your claim, you must register for work in the state you reside or are looking for work in.  Registering in North Dakota requires that you post an active resume on North Dakota’s Workforce Connection site and make it available to employers. 

For more information about these requirements and other unemployment insurance procedures, visit the Resources for Individuals page and the Claimant Guide.  

Federal withholding

PEUC benefits are subject to federal withholding. You may elect to have federal withholding deducted from your pandemic emergency unemployment compensation. You will receive a Form 1099-G to file with your income tax return.

Your responsibilities

It is your responsibility to give accurate answers to any questions asked in regard to your initial claim and weekly certifications for PEUC benefits. Failure to furnish requested documents or information might result in benefits being delayed or denied.

All information is subject to verification. PEUC benefits are provided through federal funds. Criminal and/or civil penalties for violation of federal and/or state laws will be enforced for willfully making false statement or concealing information to obtain or increase your Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.