Finally, there’s some good news for the millions of people on two key unemployment programs that expired before President Donald Trump signed the latest Covid relief bill — they likely will not miss out on a week’s worth of benefits.
The programs, formally known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, technically lapsed Saturday, a day before Trump signed the $900 billion package extending them. It was thought that because of this, millions on the programs would lose one week of benefits.
But according to the U.S. Labor Department, the timing of the bill should not lead to such a gap.
“As states are implementing these new provisions as quickly as possible, the Department does not anticipate that eligible claimants will miss a week of benefits due to the timing of the law’s enactment,” a spokesperson from the Labor Department said in a statement.