Changes in status of Extended Benefits (EB) program in Connecticut, Illinois, and Minnesota
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Friday, September 11, 2020

Changes in status of Extended Benefits (EB) program in Connecticut, Illinois, and Minnesota

Based on the data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 17, 2020, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates for Connecticut and Minnesota rose to exceed the 8.0% threshold necessary to trigger “on” to a high unemployment period in EB. The payable period for these states under the high unemployment period begins August 2, 2020, and eligibility for claimants has been extended from up to 13 weeks of potential duration to up to 20 weeks of potential duration in the EB program (85 Fed. Reg. 51494, August 20, 2020).

In addition, it was determined that Illinois state law provides for the temporary adoption of the TUR trigger during periods of 100% federal financing. Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 19, 2020, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates for Illinois exceeded 8.0 percent was greater than 110 percent in both the prior or second prior year, triggering Illinois “on” to a high unemployment periods (HUP) in EB. The HUP in Illinois is retroactive to July 5, 2020, and the maximum potential entitlement for eligible claimants in the EB program has increased from up to 13 weeks of potential duration to up to 20 weeks of potential duration (85 Fed. Reg. 51757, August 21, 2020).

The trigger notice covering state eligibility for the EB program can be found at: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.as.

Information for claimants. The duration of benefits payable in the EB program, and the terms and conditions on which they are payable, are governed by the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, as amended, and the operating instructions issued to the states by the U.S. Department of Labor. In the case of a state beginning an EB period, the State Workforce Agency will furnish a written notice of potential entitlement to each individual who has exhausted all rights to regular benefits and is potentially eligible for EB (20 CFR 615.13 (c) (1)).

Individuals who believe they may be entitled to EB, or who wish to inquire about their rights under the program, should contact their State Workforce Agency.

For further information, contact U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Room S-4524, Attn: Thomas Stengle, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, telephone number (202) 693-2991 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email to [email protected].

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