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Accessing Unemployment Benefits

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

Did you stop filing for benefits because you found work? Did you recently lose work again? You may be eligible for a new unemployment compensation claim.

Navigating the New UC System

Answers to your questions about the new online UC system

Federal Unemployment Benefits Expired on September 4th, 2021

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

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

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

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. 

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Criminals posing as the IRS are trying to steal your money and your personal information, and they are trying to get inside your phones and computers! These criminals are very tricky! They can really make it look like they are the IRS!They might send you a text message or an email saying you can get stimulus payments or other money from the IRS if you click a link. They might say you need to click a link to create an IRS online account.The IRS will never initiate contact with you by text or email. The IRS only sends letters.NEVER click a link in a text message or email that looks like it was sent by the IRS.Sometimes these criminals call and say that because you owe the IRS they will call the police or arrest you if you don’t immediately send them an electronic payment.The IRS will very rarely call you; usually only if you have sent them something first. If the IRS was to call you, they will always say their name and provide an IRS badge number. If you didn’t ask to be contacted by the IRS, you can just say that you do not want to speak to them and ask them to send you a letter instead. You shouldn’t even give them your address.And you should NEVER give your Social Security number, bank account information, or any other personal information like your birth date or address to someone who has called you or sent you a text message or email.If you have a question about this post, or if you got a notice from the IRS or have problems with the IRS that you need help fixing, call us at 215-981-3800, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. #TaxTipTuesday #Philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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Every October we recognize how crucial it is for our community to be aware of the unique, urgent, and critical legal challenges that survivors of domestic violence face. PLA is proud to serve these vital needs and to offer free civil legal aid to help survivors of domestic violence seek help and safety. PLA’s Family Law Unit has resources available on our website to help survivors. Read our article on how to obtain a Protection From Abuse Order written by Family Law Unit’s Abbi Stoltzfus here: bit.ly/1DVAM2022 See MoreSee Less
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To close out this year’s recovery month, we’re resharing an interview we did last fall with MLCP Attorney, James Tiderington about how civil legal aid is a vital resource to those in recovery. Thank you for celebrating our clients in recovery with us this past month. Visit bit.ly/JTMLCP to read the interview! See MoreSee Less
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Do you have a nonfraud PUA, PEUC, or FPUC overpayment?You might qualify for an overpayment waiver.Non-fraud federal overpayments are still being issued to claimants who filed for PUA, PEUC, and FPUC.If you have a non-fraud federal overpayment that you cannot payback because it would cause a financial hardship on you, you can apply for an overpayment waiver.Keep in mind: The Department has been very slow in evaluating waiver applications. You do not need to submit additional applications.Find out more information about overpayments and overpayment waivers (including how to apply for one) by going to uchelp.org/overpayment #philadelphia #LegalAssistance #LegalAid See MoreSee Less
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Our Executive Director, Anita Santos-Singh, was recognized at the Legal Services Corporation Executive Director Conference for her 26 years of service as the Executive Director of PLA! Congrats to Anita and thank you Legal Services Corporation!WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legal Services Corporation (LSC) held an Executive Director Conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 12-15, 2022. Pennsylvania Project Directors whose programs receive federal funding from LSC are pictured (from left): Anita Santos-Singh, Philadelphia Legal Assistance; Kris Bergstrom, Neighborhood Legal Services; Shawn Boehringer, Legal Aid of Southeastern PA; Lori Molloy, North Penn Legal Services (NPLS); Brian Gorman, Southwestern PA Legal Aid; Jackie Lager, Northwestern Legal Services; and Rhodia Thomas, MidPenn Legal Services.#LegalAidSouthwestern PA Legal Services- Low Income Tax Clinic See MoreSee Less
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