Emergency Unemployment Compensation Benefits (EUC) Original EUC Legislation: On June 30, 2008, President Bush signed H.R. 2642 creating Public Law 110-252, establishing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program which provides up to 13 weeks of extended unemployment compensation benefits in all states to individuals who: (1) established a claim for regular benefits on or after May 7, 2006; (2) exhausted all rights to regular benefits; (3) are not eligible for a new regular unemployment claim and have no rights to regular or extended UC in any other state or Canada; (4) are currently unemployed through no fault of their own. General Information on the Original EUC Program Earliest effective date for EUC was Sunday, July 6, 2008 for a regular claim that expired on or after May 7, 2006. Week-ending July 12, 2008 was the first week payable on EUC. March 28, 2009 is the last day to file for EUC. Week-ending July 4, 2009 is the last week payable on EUC. Claimants were eligible for a total EUC amount of 50% of regular available credits or 13 times the claimant’s weekly benefit amount, whichever is less. Claims will be paid at the same weekly benefit amount as the individual’s regular claim. Amendment to Original EUC Program On November 21, 2008, President Bush signed Public Law 110-449, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (the Extension Act), which amended the H. R. 2642, Public Law 110-252 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program to: Increase the allowed amount of emergency extended unemployment compensation benefits by a maximum of 7 additional weeks of benefits to eligible individuals. These benefits will be referred to as “original EUC08” or “First-Tier EUC08” (Tier I); Add a Second-Tier of EUC08 benefits which will provide up to 13 additional weeks of benefits for eligible individuals in those states with “high unemployment”, which includes Florida. These benefits are referred to as “Second-Tier EUC08” (Tier II); and Extending the EUC08 program’s termination date from the week ending July 4, 2009 to the week ending August 29, 2009. General Information on the Amended EUC Program Sunday, November 23 is the earliest effective date for the additional EUC. Week-ending November 29, 2008 is the first week payable on these additional benefits. Claimants who are currently claiming regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits do not have to apply for Tier I or Tier II benefits. When the last week is paid on the regular UC claim, a Tier I determination will be set up and a notice sent to you. When the last week is paid on Tier I, a Tier II determination will be set up and a notice will be sent to you. March 28, 2009 is the last day to file for EUC. o Regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits must exhaust on or before week ending March 21, 2009 to qualify for Tier I. o Tier I benefits must exhaust on or before week ending March 21, 2009 to qualify for Tier II Benefits. Week-ending August 29, 2009 is the last week payable on EUC, Tier I and Tier II. Claims will be paid at the same weekly benefit amount as the individual’s regular claim. All First and Second-Tier EUC08 benefits must be paid on the oldest claim on which EUC was established before EUC benefits can be paid on a more recent claim. “First-Tier EUC08”(Tier I) Benefits (Original + Additional EUC benefits) o The total amount of Tier I EUC payable is 80% of regular available credits or 20 times the claimant’s weekly benefit amount, whichever is less. o Any benefits already paid from the Original EUC Program will be deducted from this amount. Second-Tier Benefits (Tier II) o After Tier I EUC benefits have exhausted, a new Second-Tier EUC entitlement will be established. The total amount payable is 50% of the UC available credits or 13 weeks, whichever is less. CLAIMANTS CURRENTLY RECEIVING TRADE ACT/TRAINING ASSISTANCE BENEFITS The EUC supersedes all other types of supplemental benefits. For claimants who are eligible for EUC and are currently receiving benefits under the Trade Act/Training Assistance programs, you will be taken off those benefits and put on the EUC claim. You will continue on the EUC claim until you have received all benefits on that extension or the sunset date, whichever comes first. If you still qualify for the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim once the EUC benefits have exhausted or the sunset date is reached, you could return to the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim. FUNDING The EUC benefits are entirely federally funded. Therefore, employer’s reserve accounts will not be charged for any monies paid out to claimants on this extension. HOW TO FILE If you are not currently claiming unemployment benefits, you can find the application to file for Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits on the internet at http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/EUC_2008/AWI- UC310_EUC_Reachback_12-2008.doc. This form must be completed and mailed to the Agency for Workforce Innovation; Special Claims; P O Drawer 5350; Tallahassee FL 32314-5350.
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