FAQ: Extended Benefits and Congress

Q: If an individual's benefit year ends, does this make the individual ineligible for further unemployment benefits?

A: No. Every 52 weeks, the state is required to check whether an individual has earned enough wages during the previous year, either through part-time or full-time work, to qualify for a new unemployment claim. If the individual qualifies for new regular state benefits and the weekly benefit amount is either $100 less or 25% less than the current weekly benefit amount, then the individual will continue collecting EUC on his or her first claim. If an individual qualifies for a new claim for regular state benefits but the weekly benefit amount is not $100 less or 25% less than his or her current weekly benefit amount, then the individual will start a new regular state benefits claim and after exhausting state benefits, can move back to his or her first EUC claim at the higher rate. Please see more information on the EUC Fix here http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/2010/Final.EUC.Fix.QA.pdf

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