Originally Posted by GPC
if my assignment does come to an end, how long can I collect unemployment benefits? I had to collect it briefly years ago in NY and back then it was 26 weeks. I know the current economy has changed things and I've recently read about 'extended benefits' and '99-ers'. Can anyone tell me what the deal for 2012 is? Thanks.
has told you correctly. Without further extension by Congress, your benefits would be limited to 26 weeks.
The 99 week program is still in effect through February 29, 2012 as follows:
26 weeks State Benefits (some states have reduced this to 23 weeks, or less, and tied the number of state benefit weeks to unemployment rate (FL))
20 weeks EUC Tier 1
14 weeks EUC Tier 2
13 weeks EUC Tier 3 (trigger 6%)
07 weeks EUC Tier 4 (trigger 8.5%)
13 weeks EB (trigger 6%)
07 weeks High EB (trigger 8%)
You will file in NY state. NY is no longer paying Tier 4 because of a reduced unemployment rate.
EB/HUP in its entirety will probably be phased out this year. In its most recent extension, Congress failed to correct the lookback to four years, which means most states will be noncompliant at some point after the end of February.
Further, Congress wants to reduce overall federal benefits to no more than 33 weeks. Which means probably the elimination of Tiers 3 and 4, in addition to EB.
For now, you are wise to plan on state benefits of 26 weeks and probably Tiers 1 and 2 (reduced to 13 weeks) until Congress addresses the program again in February.