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Old 08-11-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:01 AM
 
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whose - possession

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Old 01-01-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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lose - opposite of win
who's - contraction of who is
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Here is a start on the FAQs that should help users of this Forum, I hope. Let me know via DM what needs to be added/corrected/clarified.

1. Can I still collect federal benefits under this latest federal legislation?

If you exhaust your state benefits not later than February 25, 2012, or EUC Tier benefits not later than March 3, you are eligible to move to the next tier and/or EB. Once transitioned to a tier, that tier's benefits can be exhausted in its entirety past the expiration date of March 6, but not later than August 15, 2012. EB payments end as per below:

Relevant Federal Eligibility Dates:

February 25, 2012 - Exhaust state benefits to transition to Tier 1
March 3, 2012 - Exhaust one Tier to transition to next Tier or EB
March 6, 2012 - Expiration date of Legislation
March 10-March 31, 2012
- EB Payments cease, depending on state, regardless of balance remaining.
August 15, 2012 - Last date Tier benefits can be paid

2. How does the unemployment benefit program work? I don’t understand it.

The state and federal unemployment compensation benefit program, at present, provides up to 99 weeks benefits, comprised of up to 26 weeks state benefits and up to 73 weeks federal benefits.

More detail here:

States currently offering less than 26 weeks – Effective 1/1/2012
Florida – 12-23 weeks, depending on unemployment rate, reduces by one week for every .5% reduction in UE rate, starting at 10.5%. Current 10% rate means 22 weeks, not 23.
Michigan – 20 weeks
Illinois – 25 weeks
Missouri – 20 weeks
South Carolina – 20 weeks

Federal Benefits: Maximum 73 weeks (varies by UE rate/trigger/state laws) a/k/a
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC);
Extended Benefits/High Extended benefits a/k/a EB and HUP, as follows:

20 weeks – EUC Tier 1 (two parts EUC08 13 wks; EUCX 7 wks, often credited and paid separately in NY and some other states)
14 weeks – EUC Tier 2 (two parts 13 wks + 1 wk, 14th week often paid at end of Tier 3)
13 weeks – EUC Tier 3 (trigger 6%)
06 weeks – EUC Tier 4 (trigger 8.5%)
13 weeks – EB (trigger 6%)
07 weeks – EB (trigger 8%)

General Tier/EB Facts:

If tier benefits are paid on a claim before its bye, under present legislation, those tiers can be resumed under a subsequent period of unemployment, provided legislation is still in place.

Each Tier and/or EB level must be exhausted before benefits from next Tier/EB begin. This often results in an odd/smaller payment the final week before advancing to the next level (Tier/EB).

In the event of multiple claims, EB is payable only on the last claim.

Triggers are based on the rolling 3-month average unemployment rate, recalculated monthly, per figures reported by the BLS the third Friday of every month. Eligibility to advance to the next Tier and EB payments (depending on state) can end within three weeks of the BLS report.

BLS Trigger Report links here (EUC/EB):

Office of Unemployment Insurance, Employment & Training Administration (ETA) - U.S. Department of Labor

BLS Current State Unemployment rates:

Unemployment Rates for States

3. Can I collect more than one set of tiers?

Yes, under certain circumstances. Generally, in the case of multiple claims, the third claim will void any rights to tiers/EB from the second claim – unless tier benefits from that claim were begun before establishment of the third claim. EB, however, is only payable on the last claim, if that claim is eligible.

4. Why has my state put me back on tiers from my old claim, rather than paying benefits from the current claim?

Unexhausted EUC benefits must be paid before current EUC benefits. Not all states have adhered to this order of payment, but most do. Multiple claims are usually paid as follows:

Claim 1 - State benefits
Claim 1 - EUC Tier benefits until subsequent claim established
Claim 2 – State benefits
Claim 1 – EUC Tier benefits until exhausted
Claim 2 – EUC Tier benefits until exhausted
Claim 2 – EB/HUP (if eligible)

5. How do I know if my claim qualifies for the federal extensions (EUC/EB Earnings Eligibility):

You must have base year earnings equal to 40x weekly benefit or 1.5x highest quarter earnings and (in some states) at least 20 weeks of eligible earnings. Your state website may list its guidelines.

6. What Is Status Of EB/HUP?

Under current legislation (12/23/11), EB/HUP (a/k/a Fed-Ed in CA) payments end – REGARDLESS OF REMAINING BALANCE – anywhere between March 10-31, depending on state.

Without further state action to correct their lookbacks, EB payments end 1/28/2012 in DC, FL, GA, NC, NJ, NM, OH, and PA:

Per BLS 12/27/2012:
Quote:
Federal law currently provides for 100% Federal sharing for benefit costs under the Federal-State EB program for weeks of unemployment beginning before March 7, 2012. States that have linked the expiration of their EB TUR trigger to the termination of 100% Federal sharing for EB will continue to be in a payable period until the trigger in their law expires or the state triggers "off".

The Federal authorization to have a three year look-back expires on February 29, 2012. States that have tied their three year look-back to the period for 100% Federal sharing for EB will continue to have a three year look-back. However, states that used a hard end date in state law for the three year look-back provision will not have that provision extended by the recent Federal enactments. Absent additional state enactments, the following states will fail to meet the look-back criteria for the TUR trigger and cease to be triggered "on" to EB with the week ending January 7, 2012 and have their EB period conclude January 28, 2012: (DC, FL, GA, NC, NJ, NM, OH, and PA).

New Jersey currently has legislation underway to correct the lookback. It has not been signed as yet.

N.J. legislative Democrats say they will approve extended unemployment benefits by Jan. 9 | State | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.

7. I don't understand the lookback. What is it?

Current unemployment rate needs to be 110%/120% (state specific) higher than a period of one, two, or three years prior, determined by federal regs and compliance in state statutes.

An entire thread on the subject here:

Confused about states ending EB based on falling below 110%...

BLS trigger report gives a percentage comparison and lists individual state lookbacks

Trigger Notice Report

8. I've been collecting for a year and am on Tier 2. My claim expires next week. What happens now?

Some states automatically perform the recertification process as long as you continue to file weekly or biweekly claims. In most states, you will need to telephone your state to RECERTIFY your claim. Your state will do a monetary reevaluation for a new claim. If you have not had eligible earnings during your past benefit year, your "application for a new claim" will be denied, your old claim reopened and you continue to receive benefits on that claim. You may receive confusing correspondence at this time, especially in Illinois. Be sure to telephone your state if this happens - and keep claiming if the system allows.

9. I want to move to another state. Can I still collect benefits?

Yes. Your benefits are not affected by resident state triggers if you move, only those applicable to your claiming state. You cannot, however, collect EB if your new resident state is not also paying EB. Both resident state and claiming state must be paying EB. If your resident state is not paying EB, your state will pay you two weeks EB and then cease.

Notify your state of your new address BEFORE you move. NYS, in particular, gets very upset if they are not notified. Also, unemployment mail is NOT forwarded. If you move without notifying your UE office, any correspondence sent will be returned to them. In addition, they may suspend your benefits.

10. Can I claim if I am out of the country?

Check your state website, or call them. NYS has guidelines for out-of-country claims, and will pay internet and phone claims from certain US Territories and Canada. It will not allow or pay claims from Europe and other areas, if detected. In addition it may suspend and ask for repayment of benefits. NYS has protocols in place to identify out-of-country claimants.

11. Why is my last payment so small?

State benefits must be exhausted completely before federal benefits begin. Same applies to Tiers and EB. One tier must be completely exhausted before beginning payments on the next tier/EB. This often results in an odd payment before full benefit payments resume, especially if you’ve been working and have been receiving partial benefits.

12. Why did my last biweekly claim only provide for one claim week?

Transition from state benefits to tier benefits and/or EB. In the event of biweekly claims, claimant might experience one week without benefits before federal benefits begin.

13. Will I get that money on my next claim?
No. You will receive all your benefits, but that skipped week is not paid retroactively. It just extends the time over which benefits are paid.

Last edited by JMT; 02-29-2012 at 02:49 PM.. Reason: Added "paid" per OP's request.
 
Old 02-16-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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Projected Extended Benefits payment end dates for 2012:

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_...h_full_600.jpg

EB payments do not exceed more than 20 weeks. EB is paid until exhausted or payment end date, whichever occurs first, regardless of remaining balance.

Claimants are not entitled to continued EB payments when their state triggers off EB and the state EB payment period ends, but can resume unexhausted EB payments if their state once again triggers on.

Congressional legislation passed in December 2011 is designed to phase-out EB eligibility in all states in 2012. Resumption of an EB payable period in 2012, once a state is triggered off, is remote.

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Finally, thanks to a new poster, the details on the new legislation effective in March.

Conference Agreement Far Better For Unemployed Workers and UI System Than Original House Bill — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

This is brainbusting, confusing data. But a necessary reference for everyone going forward.

I will attempt, in the next week or so, to put together a new FAQS on what it all means.
 
Old 04-03-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Revised projected EB trigger off dates from Unemployed Workers.org, showing California, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada possibly triggering off earlier than the NELP chart posted in February.

Please read before making your first post-nelp-revised-4-2012.jpg

http://unemployedworkers.org/page/-/...12.pdf?nocdn=1

These trigger off dates will continue to be fluid, with trigger offs earlier being the norm. Only one state, NY, is expected to trigger off later than previously projected.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Revised (#5), updated FAQS on new legislation, eligibility dates, changes in benefits, which clarifies cutoff dates on implementation of new EUC Tier triggers, eligibility for old and new EUC Tier reconfiguration.

In particular, cutoff dates/parameters for moving to reconfigured tiers in September have been modified.

Thanks go to KLHart62 for providing the BLS directive on administration of the new legislation http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/att...hange9_acc.pdf, which I've incorporated into this new, revised FAQS.

Also, thanks to Chyvan for reading through the legal jargon and accurately interpreting the correct implementation of the EB Fix. Therefore, states/territories long out of EB for any reason (AZ, MI, MS, PR, RI), can now pay augmented Tier IV, provided their UE Rate is at least 8.5%, and other parameters, as described below, are met.

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The new legislation, enacted February 17, 2012, extends eligibility/expiration dates.

1. Can I still collect federal benefits under this latest federal legislation?

Eligibility dates have been extended to the end of 2012. If state benefits and EUC tier benefits are exhausted not later than December 22, 2012, you are eligible to move to the next EUC tier and/or Extended Benefits (EB).

However, all EUC/EB benefit payments end December 29, 2012.

Important Change: Previously, tier benefits once begun could be exhausted in their entirety. Under the new legislation, unless extended once again by Congress, both EUC and EB benefits end December 29, 2012, regardless of unexhausted balance. After October 13, it is estimated no state will be paying EB (Extended Benefits).

2. Relevant Federal Eligibility Dates:
  • December 22, 2012- Exhaust state benefits to transition to Tier 1
  • December 22, 2012 - Exhaust one Tier to transition to next Tier
  • December 29, 2012 - EUC Last Payable Date
  • April 7 - October 13, 2012 - EB Payments cease, depending on state, regardless of balance remaining - See EB info and NELP Projected Dates by state -http://www.city-data.com/forum/23011159-post3.html
  • January 2, 2013 - Expiration date of Legislation
3. Extended Benefits FIX - for states triggering off EB prior to June 1, 2012: If a state has triggered off EB anytime prior to June 1, 2012, Tier IV has been expanded by an additional 10 weeks, for a total of 16 weeks, as follows:
  • For those states not in an EB period on 2/22, anyone collecting Tier IV or eligible for Tier IV on 2/22 gets augmented Tier IV - provided they become eligible for Tier IV not later than 5/31 and their state maintains a UE rate of 8.5%. This excludes those who exhausted Tier IV before 2/22.
  • For those states paying EB after 2/22 but triggering off not later than 5/31, anyone currently collecting Tier IV or EB at the time the state triggers off is ineligible for the extra ten weeks. Only those who are not yet collecting Tier IV at the time the state triggers off are eligible. Further, Tier III must be exhausted at least one week after the state triggers off EB, but not later than 5/26, and the state must maintain a UE rate of 8.5%. If you are exhausting Tier III the same day your state triggers off EB, you are not eligible for augmented Tier IV, but will receive, instead, the standard 6-week Tier IV.
  • Beginning June 1, 2012, Tier IV augmentation is no longer available for new Tier IV recipients.
Warning: If you are collecting EB at the time your state triggers off - even if it is only one week - your EB benefits end per BLS end payable period. You are not entitled to EB fix of 10 extra weeks.

4. EUC June-December - New UE Rate Triggers

Beginning May 27 (aka week ending June 2, 2012
):
Tier 1 - 0% - (no change)
Tier 2 - 6% - new trigger
Tier 3 - 7% - 1% increase
Tier 4 - 9% - .5% increase

Although these UE rate triggers are effective for those who exhaust benefits on June 2nd, due to BLS reporting timeframes and EUC phaseout parameters, it is possible actual effective dates of the new UE rate triggers in certain states will not occur until one or more weeks (variable) before or after June 2nd.

If you are currently collecting a tier, you are grandfathered to the old rate that existed for that tier and can exhaust that tier beyond June.

5. EUC September-December - Tiers Reconfigured

If you are currently collecting a tier, you are grandfathered to the length of that tier which existed for that tier prior to September 2 and can exhaust that tier beyond September.

You must exhaust all state/tier benefits not later than for the week ending September 1, 2012 in order to remain on the higher (old) Tiers 1 (20wk) & 3 (13wk).

Otherwise, If you exhaust state/tier benefits for any week ending September 8th or later, you will transition to the new, reconfigured (reduced/increased weeks) tiers, as follows.

Beginning September 2, 2012:
Tier 1 - 14 weeks (reduced 6 weeks)
Tier 2 - 14 weeks (no change)
Tier 3 - 09 weeks (reduced 4 weeks)
Tier 4 - 10 weeks (increased 4 weeks)

In order to access Tier 4 for 10 weeks, you must exhaust Tier 3 no earlier than September 8, 2012. If it appears you will be exhausting Tier 3 on 9/1 or earlier, you might still access 10-week Tier 4 if you are willing to suspend claiming the appropriate number of weeks by which you are missing the 9/8 eligibility date.

This strategy was recently discussed, here: http://www.city-data.com/forum/unemp...tier-4-ca.html

Note: The actual week for which you are claiming benefits is determinate, not the date on which you file the claim.

6. EUC Benefit Calculation is based on the original monetary determination of the claim as follows:

Through September 1, 2012:
Tier 1 - 80% of original monetary determination (up to 20 weeks)
Tier 2 - 54% of original monetary determination (up to 14 weeks)
Tier 3 - 50% of original monetary determination (up to 13 weeks)
Tier 4 - 24% of original monetary determination (up to 6 weeks)

September 2, 2012-January 5, 2013:*
Tier 1 - 54% of original monetary determination (up to 14 weeks)
Tier 2 - 54% of original monetary determination (up to 14 weeks)
Tier 3 - 35% of original monetary determination (up to 09 weeks)
Tier 4 - 39% of original monetary determination (up to 10 weeks)

The weekly benefit rate remains the same throughout the life of the claim.

Tier benefits are a percentage of the original monetary determination, divided by the weekly benefit amount, to arrive at the actual number of weeks available per tier. A smaller claim may not receive the full 20/14/13/6 (before 9/2) or 14/14/09/10 (after 9/2) weeks, etc.

*For new tier transition only. The benefits for the tier you are currently exhausting prior to September 8 are not affected.

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I will update/correct as needed. For now, this is my best interpretation/projection of the legislation implementation going forward.

Let me know via DM (not on this thread, please) if there is an error/clarification/addition needed.

Thx.

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Default Newbies and Others: Guidelines to Getting Your Questions Answered

1. Please include your STATE when posting a question. State laws/precedents differ. It is often putting the cart before the horse to discuss a quit/misconduct/claim issue without first knowing your STATE.

2. Please USE PARAGRAPHS frequently in your posts - make an effort to organize your information chronologically. Use bullet points and/or paragraphs. Lengthy posts without paragraphs are hard to read, not to mention facts are overlooked and often misunderstood when everything is run together.

3. Do not duplicate your posts on numerous threads or start numerous threads on your initial question. ONE POST/THREAD IS SUFFICIENT. It is BEYOND ANNOYING to respond to a post on one thread, only to open other thread(s) and find the exact same post(s).

4. Please provide exact claim history. EXACT dates of beginning and end of each claim, how much EUC collected on these claims, did you work at any time while collecting benefits. Avoid using statements like "a year or two ago," "after a few months I was let go," "I stopped claiming for a while" (the question then becomes "for how long"). Exact dates, weeks collected, WBA amount, any EUC collected avoids unnecessary back and forth and misunderstandings on the true nature of your situation.

5. Post EXACT DECISION LANGUAGE when inquiring on a claim denial/penalty - do not paraphrase.

6. Please read/explore the board before posting - four or five threads (not just one or two posts). Often your question has been answered numerous times on other threads.

7. Do not hijack another poster's thread. It should be pretty clear when a lengthy thread is dealing with an issue for a specific poster. Start your own thread, instead, using the "New Thread" button at the top of the page.

8. AFTER you've begun your first thread, do not continue to start numerous threads on your particular situation when you have additional comments/questions/updates on your specific issue. Confine these comments/questions to your original thread. It is much easier to respond to your subsequent questions when your posting history on the issue in question is in one place.

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I'm sure I'll think of more, but this is a good start, for now.

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