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Overview of Latest Extension Benefits - as of 7-29-2010

posted Jul 30, 2010, 4:31 AM by Alan Novick   [ updated Jan 6, 2011, 6:26 PM ]
Overview of Latest Extension Benefits

Updated July 29, 2010: All claimants whose weekly claims certifications are up-to-date will be issued retroactive U.I. Extension Benefits payments beginning this Saturday, July 31st.   


On July 22, 2010, President Obama signed legislation making Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits available through December 1, 2010 with applicable phase-out periods as detailed in the chart below.  The Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs had expired in May and June.

The chart below provides basic information about the various benefit programs, benefit tiers, application deadlines and expiration dates affected by this recent legislation.

 

Program

Number of Weeks

Program End Date or Application Deadline

Last Payable Week

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier I

Up to 20 weeks

Must exhaust UI on or before 11/20/10 

 

Payable through the week ending 04/30/11 

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier II

Up to 14 weeks

Must exhaust Tier I on or before the w/e 11/27/10

Payable through the week ending 04/30/11 

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier III 

Up to 13 weeks

Must exhaust Tier II on or before the w/e 11/27/10

Payable through the week ending 04/30/11 

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier IV

Up to 6 weeks

Must exhaust Tier III on or before the w/e 11/27/10

Payable through the week ending 04/30/11 

Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB)

 

 

Up to 20 weeks

Last effective date to file for EB is 12/19/10 

 

Must exhaust all rights to EUC Tiers I, II, III, and IV

Payable through the week ending 12/25/10 

Federal Additional Compensation (FAC)

 

Additional $25.00 per week

Claim must have an effective date of 05/23/10 or earlier

Payable through the week ending 12/11/10 

Part-Time Work

The legislation includes provisions that allow individuals who accept part-time or temporary work while claiming benefits to choose to continue receiving extended benefits under certain circumstances even when they qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits based on their part-time or temporary work.

Retroactive Payments

All claimants whose weekly claims certifications are up-to-date will be issued retroactive U.I. Extension Benefits payments beginning this Saturday, July 31st. By Wednesday, August 4th, 50,000 payments will have been issued. For the remaining claimants, we will continue our outreach by telephone and mailings to assist them in updating their claims and getting their payments processed. Claimants should be aware that it may take several days for paper checks to be received or financial institutions to process direct deposits.

How to File

1. If you did not stop claiming weeks, continue to claim benefits weekly on the web atwww.mass.gov/dua/webcert or by calling the TeleCert Line at 1-617-626-6338.
    
     OR

2. If you stopped claiming weeks while you were unemployed, call the DUA TeleClaims Center at1-888-998-8418 to reopen your extended benefits claim. Hours for telephone filing are Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our offices will be closed on Saturday, August 7 to enable the system upgrades that will allow these payments to be made.  To ensure that everyone can reach an agent without experiencing long wait times or busy signals, please adhere to this schedule.

Call Schedule to talk to an agent.


If you prefer, you may file your claim in person at a Walk-In Center. There are 35 locations throughout Massachusetts. Some Walk-In Centers have limited hours - check the hours of the Walk-In Center before visiting.  A listing of Walk-in Center locations is available on the DUA website at www.mass.gov/dua.

 

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