Yes, you may receive PA Workers' Compensation benefits and Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits at the same time. You may be totally disabled from the job you were performing at the time of injury, but able and available for other lighter duty work that your current employer cannot provide. Therefore, you will be eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits under the law for UC benefits. However, the amount you receive will be counted against your PA Workers' Compensation benefits and your PA Workers' Compensation benefits will be reduced by the amount of the UC benefits you are awarded on a weekly basis.
Receiving both PA Workers' Compensation benefits and Unemployment Compensation benefits can involve you in two separate courts within the PA Department of Labor and Industry. The unemployment matters are decided by an Unemployment Compensation Referee. The Workers' Compensation benefits are decided by a PA Workers' Compensation Judge. Each of these courts has different rules and standards that must be met in order for an individual to receive the benefits they are seeking.
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