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Most Unemployment Benefits Expire on September 4th, 2021

PEUC, PUA, and the extra $300 a week (FPUC) will end on September 4th.

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Navigating the New UC System

Answers to your questions about the new online UC system

Accessing Unemployment Benefits

Income replacement for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own

Find your Local Legal Aid Provider in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

See if you qualify for free legal representation for your unemployment hearing

What program do I qualify for?

Due to COVID-19, there are two unemployment programs in Pennsylvania. It is important that you apply for the correct program. 

Regular Unemployment Compensation

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most common questions about regular unemployment compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

New UC System Claimant Experience Survey

Your feedback will help us advocate for fixes to the new system. 

Recent News

Join PLA Attorney Gaby Rodriquez and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Ashely Tomilson, on December 17th at 4pm. Gaby and Ashley will discuss the importance of considering Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) when responding to Domestic Violence. They will also discuss how ACEs and Domestic Violence interact, and how they impact low-income households, Family Court, and Philadelphia.  Tune into Facebook Live at FB.me/philalegal #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to Julia Simon-Mishel, Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at PLA, for being this year’s recipient of a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc Excellence Award!These awards are given annually to friends, community members, and partners of legal aid who have made outstanding contributions on behalf of low-income and marginalized Pennsylvanians.PLA is proud to have such a fierce advocate working to make unemployment compensation more equitable and accessible.You can read more about the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc Excellence Awards here: https://palegalaid.net/pennsylvania-legal-aid-network-excellence-awards #philadelphia #LegalAid #LegalAssistance See MoreSee Less
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The winter shutoff moratorium has begun! Learn more about it from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. See MoreSee Less
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UC and PUA claimants! This is an important reminder that you can appeal any UC or PUA determinations by emailing mailto:[email protected] For some claimants, this may be a better option than appealing determinations on your UC or PUA portal. If you have multiple determinations to appeal, you can appeal every determination in one email, instead of individually appealing each determination on your portal. Especially since not all determinations can be appealed in your portal. You can simply indicate in the email that you want to appeal all determinations related to your social security number. To learn more about how to appeal a UC or PUA determination visit http://uchelp.org/appeals/ #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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A gift to PLA this Giving Tuesday helps us serve families! philalegal.org/legal-aid-justice-make-gift-justice-giving-tuesday See MoreSee Less
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The New UC System is here

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