ETA announces changes in status of multiple states’ extended benefits programs
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

ETA announces changes in status of multiple states’ extended benefits programs

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

Based on the data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 19, 2020, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates for Alaska, Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont rose to meet the 8.0% threshold to trigger “on” to a high unemployment period in EB. The payable period for these states under the high unemployment period began on July 5, 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. 40322, July 6, 2020).

Also, the 13-week insured unemployment rates (IUR) for Arizona and Nebraska, for the week ending May 30, 2020, rose above 5.0 percent and exceeded 120 percent of the corresponding average rates in the two prior years. Therefore, beginning the week of June 14, 2020, eligible unemployed workers will be able to collect up to an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits (85 Fed. Reg. 40321, July 7, 2020).

In addition, based on Ohio's State law, which provides for the temporary adoption of the optional TUR trigger during periods of 100 percent federal financing, and data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on May 22, 2020, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for Ohio rose to meet the 8.0 percent threshold to trigger “on” to a high unemployment period in EB. The payable period for Ohio under the high unemployment period is retroactive to June 7, 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. 40320, July 6, 2020).

Also, based on the data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on May  22, 2020, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates for Rhode Island and Washington rose to meet the 8.0% threshold to trigger “on” to a high unemployment period in EB. The payable period for these states under the high unemployment period began on June 7, 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. 40322, July 6, 2020).

A change in benefit payment status under the EB program for Utah also has been announced. The 13-week insured unemployment rate (IUR) for Utah, for the week ending June 13, 2020, rose above 5.0 percent and exceeded 120 percent of the corresponding average rate in the two prior years. Therefore, beginning the week of June 28, 2020, eligible unemployed workers will be able to collect up to an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits (85 Fed. Reg. 40321, July 6, 2020).

A change in benefit payment status under the EB program for Wyoming also has been announced. The 13-week insured unemployment rate (IUR) for Wyoming, for the week ending June 6, 2020, rose above 5.0 percent and exceeded 120 percent of the corresponding average rates in the two prior years. Therefore, beginning the week of June 21, 2020, eligible unemployed workers will be able to collect up to an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits (85 Fed. Reg. 40321, July 6, 2020).

The trigger notices covering state eligibility for the EB program can be found at: http://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp.

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 the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Unemployment Insurance Room S-4524, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, telephone number: (202) 693-3009 (this is not a toll-free number).

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