Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

(Additional $100/week for self-employed individuals receiving Regular UI)

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Last updated on 9/5/2021 at 7:00 am

The MEUC program ended September 4, 2021, UI week 36/21. If your payments are pending due to eligibility issue(s), we must first resolve the issue(s). After your eligibility issues have been resolved, you will be paid MEUC for the weeks in which you are eligible through September 4, 2021.

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Applications and supporting documentation for Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation may be submitted beginning on May 19, 2021. Programming is completed and we will begin to review the applications as they are submitted. If eligible, you will receive all back payments due to you.

Topics:  MEUC Overview  |  MEUC Payments  |  MEUC FAQs

MEUC Overview

MEUC is a temporary program providing an additional $100/week payment to individuals who are receiving regular UI benefits and earned at least $5,000 in net earnings from self-employment in the tax year prior to the individual's initial claim.

Individuals must apply for MEUC and supply necessary documentation to prove their net self-employment earnings.

  • If Initial Claim was established in 2020, use tax year 2019.
  • If Initial Claim was established in 2021, use tax year 2020.

Note: This program does not apply to individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

MEUC Payments

Automatically added to benefit payments if eligible and have at least $1 due in underlying UI benefits.

  • Payment Amount:
    • $100 per week on top of regular UI benefits due
  • Duration of Benefits:
    • First Payable Week: Week ending January 2, 2021
    • Last Payable Week: Week ending September 4, 2021

MEUC Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, MEUC payments could impact eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP.

No. MEUC is not available to those receiving PUA.

Yes, you must submit a MEUC application and necessary documentation in order for the department to determine if you meet the requirements to be eligible for MEUC.

We will update our website with the most up-to-date information, including when we will deploy MEUC. We will also send individual notification to claimants who may be eligible. Letters were mailed on May 18, 2021.

No, you will receive the benefit in the same way you receive your regular unemployment benefit.

The first week potentially payable is week ending January 2, 2021. You will need to apply and submit documentation before we can determine eligibility. If it is found you are eligible, benefits due will be retroactively provided as appropriate.

MEUC payments will not reduce either the individual's weekly benefit rate or maximum benefit amount.

As long as you are due at least $1 in underlying UI benefits for the week, you will be paid the full $100 of MEUC on top of the other unemployment benefits you are due.

No, employers are not charged for MEUC.

No. The law specifically states the tax year prior to the individual's initial claim must be used.