DOL announces change in status of Extended Benefits programs for Arkansas, Iowa
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Monday, December 7, 2020

DOL announces change in status of Extended Benefits programs for Arkansas, Iowa

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Arkansas' 13-week insured unemployment rate (IUR) for the week ending September 26, 2020, was 4.99 percent, falling below the 5.00 percent threshold necessary to remain “on” EB. Therefore, the EB period for Arkansas ended on October 17, 2020. The state will remain in an “off” period for a minimum of 13 weeks.

Iowa's 13-week insured unemployment rate for the week ending October 10, 2020, was 4.73 percent, falling below the 5.00 percent threshold necessary to remain “on” EB. Therefore, the EB period for Iowa will end on October 31, 2020. The state will remain in an “off” period for a minimum of 13 weeks.

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 and the operating instructions issued to the state by the U.S. Department of Labor. In the case of a state ending an EB period, the State Workforce Agency will furnish a written notice to each individual who is currently filing claims for EB of the forthcoming termination of the EB period and its effect on the individual's right to EB.

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]. See 85 Fed. Reg. 71100, November 6, 2020.

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