Mullery: New unemployment compensation system launches in June

HARRISBURG, April 8 – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will be launching a new, streamlined unemployment compensation system on June 8, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne.

“Our current decades-old system caused unnecessary and consistent frustration for thousands of Pennsylvanians this past year. Through no fault of their own, people struggled to pay their bills and provide for their families because of our antiquated unemployment compensation system,” Mullery said. “Modernizing our system will streamline the process and ensure the efficient and prompt payment of benefits. “

The Department of Labor & Industry said the programs that will transition to the new system include:

  • Unemployment Compensation.

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

  • Extended Benefits.

  • Shared Work or Short-Time Compensation.

  • Trade Readjustment Allowances.

The new UC system will have a different look and feel than the current system and is better aligned with the user interface of modern websites, making it more intuitive to use. It will also provide access to more information and self-serve options and reduce the need for claimants to contact the UC service center.

Mullery added, “This is a significant step to updating our unemployment compensation system, but there is more to be done to bring the system into the 21st century. My bill in the House Labor & Industry Committee makes those additional updates to our unemployment compensation system.” 

L&I will provide user guides and hold live workshops with UC experts to assist individuals with learning how to use the new system before its implementation. More information on the new unemployment compensation system can be found here.

More information on Mullery’s H.B. 549 can be found here.