Originally Posted by diorgirl
The maximum number of weeks of unemployment benefits which have been available is 99:
• Regular benefits - up to 26 weeks
• EUC Tier I - up to 20 weeks
• EUC Tier II - up to 14 weeks
• EUC Tier III - up to 13 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 6%).
• EUC Tier IV - up to 6 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8.5%).
• EB - up to 13 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 6%).
• High EB - up to an additional 7 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8%).
How many of these weeks you will be able to collect depends on which of these levels of benefits is still in existence at the time you exhaust your regular benefits.
At this time, the eligibility cut-off dates for the EUC Tiers have passed -- so new claimants cannot qualify for Tier I, and no one collecting a Tier can move on to the next Tier. In addition, the 100% federal funding for EB has also expired -- and Tennessee will be phasing out that level of benefit by December 4, 2010.
It's hard to predict with any certainty right now what Congress will do next -- whether they will extend the federal unemployment benefits, and if so for how long. Just be certain to check your state's UI website in your state for changes to the benefits that they will be offering and the eligibility requirements.
[url=http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/unemployment_ExtendedBenefits_Feb2011.html]Welcome - Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development[/url]
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMPENSATION UPDATE
The Phase-Out of EUC08 has moved to the end of 2011
The Unites States Congress passed a bill that moved the phase-out period for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) to the end of 2011. The bill became law on Friday, December 17, 2010.
In Tennessee, there are four tiers of benefits to the EUC08 program. The passage of this bill means that eligible claimants who exhaust regular UI benefits are still able to move to EUC Tier One. As claimants exhaust each Tier, they will be automatically transitioned to the next Tier. Lastly, Tier Four exhaustees will be eligible for Federal-State Extended benefits (EB).
This most recent legislation does not add benefits for claimants who have exhausted all entitlement. There are no new Tiers. Also, the last week that the $25 additional payment (FAC) could have been paid was the week of December 5-11, 2010. The new EUC08 legislation did not reinstate the $25 additional weekly payment.
If you are reviewing this site and are newly unemployed, you may file a claim for benefits at [url]https://ui.tn.gov[/url] and click on “Apply for Unemployment” or call toll-free at 1-877-813-0950. (For claimants in the Nashville area, please call 253-0800.) Also, most of the local Tennessee Career Centers can provide one-on-one unemployment claims assistance for many issues.
Remember, if you have not yet updated your Dependents information, please click on [url]https://ui.tn.gov[/url], click on "View Benefits/Update Information", click "Continue", complete Log In Screen, click "Login" and follow prompts. It is important to carefully read the definition of a dependent before typing in the number of dependents.
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