A reader writes…
Anita, will you please provide some information regarding the new unemployment benefits law? Any restrictions or rules we should be aware of?
On December 17, 2010, Congress passed a Federal law that extends unemployment benefits for another 13 months!
What does this mean to those of you who are unemployed?
Eligible unemployed workers will have MORE TIME to collect maximum benefits while continuing to search for a new job.
Below is some information that I pulled from the EDD website. Though the EDD (Employment Development Department) is a California state agency, they include some helpful information regarding the recent federal legislation. Take a peek…
NEW FILING DEADLINES FOR FEDERAL EXTENSION BENEFITS
For more than two years, an unprecedented offering of federal unemployment extension benefits has provided additional financial support to unemployed workers hit hard in this long, harsh recession. In addition to the up to 26 weeks of regular UI benefits offered any time an eligible worker becomes unemployed, up to 73 weeks of additional benefits have been available through four different tiers of extension benefits and a separate extension of benefits known as the FED-ED extension. All together, up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits have been available to help support unemployed workers, their families, and their communities.
Here is a breakdown of the new filing deadlines for federal extension benefits now that the program has been extended for another 13 months:
CURRENT UI EXTENDED BENEFIT DURATION & CLAIM DEADLINES
|UI Benefits Provided During This Recession|
|UI Claims||Maximum Weeks of Benefits Provided||Deadline for Starting This Type of UI Claim|
|Regular UI Claim||Up to 26 weeks of benefits||Once someone becomes unemployed|
|1st Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 20 weeks of benefits||December 25, 2011|
|2nd Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 14 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|3rd Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 13 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|4th Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 6 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|Separate FED-ED Extension||Up to 20 weeks of benefits||January 8, 2012|
|POTENTIAL TOTAL MAXIMUM BENEFITS||Up to 99 weeks of benefits|
No impact for customers who have run out of maximum benefits
The federal legislation enacted on December 17, 2010 does not include any additional weeks of extended benefits, so the maximum total remains up to 99 weeks of benefits.
Unemployed individuals may be eligible for assistance to meet basic needs as well as other services such as health care, counseling, employment, and training assistance.
Impact on Federal Stimulus Payments
If you are a claimant who qualified for the $25 stimulus payments, current federal law states the last week these stimulus payments can be made is the week ending December 11, 2010. Claimants who filed a new regular UI claim effective May 30, 2010 or after do not qualify for the $25 stimulus payments.
Who qualifies for unemployment?
Click: United States Department of Labor for specific details regarding eligibility, how to file a claim, what disqualifies a person, benefits, and more.
Hope you find this information helpful!