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					    Understanding Extended Unemployment Benefits


Contents
    •   Overview
    •   EUC Tier 1
    •   EUC Tier 2
    •   EUC Tier 3
    •   Extended Benefits (EB)
    •   Federal Additional Compensation (FAC)
    •   Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

There are two programs for extending unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.
   •    Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
   •    Extended Benefits (EB)

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
EUC has three levels: Tiers 1, 2, and 3.
   •    EUC Tier 1 provides up to 20 weeks of benefits to claimants who exhaust regular UI
        benefits. To be eligible for EUC Tier 1 benefits, you must exhaust your regular UI
        benefits by March 27, 2010. TWC sends you an EUC application and determines your
        eligibility. See EUC Tier 1 section for more details.
   •    EUC Tier 2 provides up to 14 weeks of benefits to claimants who exhaust EUC Tier 1
        benefits by April 3, 2010. TWC automatically adds the benefits to your claim. See EUC
        Tier 2 section for more details.
   •    EUC Tier 3 provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to claimants who exhaust EUC Tier 1
        benefits by April 3, 2010. TWC automatically adds the benefits to your claim. See EUC
        Tier 3 section for more details.

Extended Benefits (EB)
EB provides benefits for eligible claimants who have exhausted regular UI benefits and all EUC
benefits.
   •    Texas currently qualifies for the High Unemployment Period (HUP) of EB, which pays up
        to 20 weeks of benefits. You must exhaust regular and EUC benefits by March 27, 2010.
        TWC automatically adds the benefits to your claim. See EB section for more details.
Reminders
   Current Address
   •   TWC notifies you by mail when you qualify for an extension, so make sure we have your
       correct address.
   •   To verify your current address, sign on to Unemployment Benefits Services, select
       Contact Information from the Change My Profile menu, and follow instructions.
   Remaining Balances
   •   If you have a balance on your EUC claim as of April 4, 2010, you have until September
       4, 2010, to request payment of those funds.

EUC Tier 1 Details

EUC Tier 1 pays 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of your regular UI claim, whichever is less.

Applying for Tier 1 Benefits
TWC mails you an EUC application to complete and return to TWC after you exhaust your
regular benefits. TWC determines your eligibility for the extension once you complete and
return the application to TWC.
Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.

Eligibility
   •   You must exhaust your regular UI benefits by March 27, 2010.
   •   Your Tier 1 claim must begin March 28, 2010, or before.
   •   Your base period wages must equal or exceed 40 times your weekly benefit amount. (If
       your regular claim pays 26 weeks of benefits, you meet this qualification.)
   •   You must have exhausted your regular benefits on your most recent claim, or the claim
       year must be expired.
   •   Your regular claim must have expired May 1, 2007, or later.
   •   You cannot be eligible for unemployment benefits on a new regular claim in Texas, in
       any other state, or Canada.

EUC Tier 2 Details

EUC Tier 2 pays 14 weeks of benefits or 54 percent of your regular UI claim, whichever is less.
Note: If you qualified for Tier 2 benefits before January 17, 2010, TWC originally calculated
your Tier 2 benefits at a maximum of 13 weeks or 50 percent of your regular claim. We added
the extra week or 4 percent of benefits to your EUC claim at the end of January, 2010.
Applying for Tier 2 Benefits
You do not apply for Tier 2 benefits. If you exhaust Tier 1 benefits by April 3, 2010, TWC
automatically adds Tier 2 benefits to your claim.
Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.

Eligibility
You:
   •   must exhaust your EUC Tier 1 benefits by April 3, 2010; and
   •   cannot be eligible for unemployment benefits on a new regular claim in Texas, any other
       state, or Canada.
EUC Tier 3 Details

EUC Tier 3 pays up to 13 weeks of benefits or 50 percent of your regular UI claim, whichever is
less.

Applying for EUC Tier 3 Benefits
You do not apply for Tier 3 benefits. If you exhaust Tier 2 benefits by April 3, 2010, TWC
automatically adds Tier 3 benefits to your claim.
Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.

Eligibility
You:
   •   must exhaust your EUC Tier 2 benefits by April 3, 2010; and
   •   cannot be eligible for unemployment benefits on a new regular claim in Texas, in any
       other state, or Canada.
EB Details

Extended Benefits (EB) pays up to 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of a regular UI claim,
whichever is less.

Applying for Extended Benefits
You do not apply for state EB. TWC adds state EB to your claim automatically if you exhaust
all available regular and EUC benefits on your most recent claim by March 28, 2010, and you
have not already received EB.
Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.

Eligibility
   •   Your most recent regular claim must have exhausted regular benefits and any available
       EUC benefits by March 28, 2010.
   •   The last week Texas can pay state EB is the week ending April 3, 2010.
   •   You can’t be eligible for unemployment benefits on a new regular claim in Texas, in any
       other state, or Canada.

Work Search and Availability Requirements
If you are required to look for work, your work search and availability requirements increase
while you are receiving EB.
   •   You must submit your EB work search log each time you request payment.
   •   You also should seek and accept any work you are capable of that pays:
          a gross weekly wage greater than your weekly benefit amount and
          at least the legal minimum wage.

If you do not make your minimum number of weekly work search activities, or, you do not
submit your EB work search log, you will be denied benefits until you have:
   •   worked for four weeks; and
   •   earned four times the weekly benefit amount of your claim.

FAC Details

The Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) adds $25 to each weekly unemployment
payment from February 22, 2009, through October 9, 2010.
   •   The $25 does not increase the total amount TWC can pay you or add additional
       weeks to your claim.
   •   Child support is not deducted from the $25.
   •   State and Federal tax withholdings apply to the $25.

Applying for Federal Additional Compensation
You do not apply for FAC payments. TWC automatically adds the $25 to each weekly
payment if your regular claim starts by March 28, 2010.

Eligibility
If your regular UI claim starts by March 28, 2010, you are eligible for FAC on weekly
payments through October 9, 2010.

Frequentl y Asked Questions

1. What happens when I run out of regular benefits? How do I know if I am eligible for an
   extension?
   If you run out of regular benefits on or before March 28, 2010, TWC mails you an EUC
   application. Complete the application and return it to TWC. If you are eligible for EUC, TWC
   mails you a letter showing the amount you are eligible for on your EUC claim.
2. How will I know if I qualify for another extension?
   TWC notifies you by mail when you qualify for another extension, so make sure we have
   your correct address. To verify or change your address, sign on to Unemployment Benefits
   Services, select Contact Information under the Change My Profile menu and follow
   instructions.

3. I was on an extension and was told I qualify for a new (regular) claim. The weekly
   benefit amount is lower than my extension. Can I stay on the extension?
   No. Before an extension may be paid, you must exhaust all regular benefits, either in Texas,
   another state, or Canada. If you are eligible for a new claim, even at a lower weekly benefit
   amount, you must file a new claim.

4. Can I apply for an extension before exhausting my benefits?
   No. As in question 3, you must exhaust all regular benefits before applying for an extension.

5. Can I call now to find out if I may be eligible for an extension in the future?
   No. The extensions start and end on various dates as determined by legislation or the
   state’s current unemployment rate.
   TWC cannot determine your future eligibility until you exhaust your current benefits. If you
   are eligible, we will notify you by mail.

6. Is there a possibility of more extensions?
   Congress can enact legislation to create further extensions. If another extension occurs
   after you exhaust your benefits, we will notify you by mail.