EUC program extended in the nick of time
The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010 expired on Nov. 30, leaving those with exhausted regular benefit claims to continue filing weekly claims in hopes that the EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) would be restored to continue to “tide them over” while continuing their job hunt.
Yesterday, Dec. 17, the president signed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 into law, which included the EUC program through to Jan. 3, 2012. For Arkansans experiencing long term unemployment and having applied for an extension will receive their weekly benefit for week ending Dec. 18, just in the nick of time before Congress breaks for the holidays.
For those who’s regular benefit claim exhausted right when the program lapsed, applied for and is eligible for the extension, will be retroactively paid for the weeks between then and now, as long as they filed their weekly claims for those weeks when no extension was in effect. Arkansas will process to pay the week of Dec. 4 on Monday the 20th, and the week of Dec. 11 on Tuesday the 21st.
It is important to understand that this new law does not add any additional unemployment extensions. It only restored the EUC program that had lapsed. That means that, for those that monetarily qualify for EUC Tier 1 will automatically qualify for Tier 2 and Tier 3. The number of Tiers available to Arkansans is based on the state’s unemployment level. With three Tiers, the maximum number of weeks in addition to a full, 26 week claim is 47. So, the most anyone can draw on one benefit year is 73 weeks.
The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 does not create new benefit entitlements or additional tiers of EUC benefits, nor does it extend the FAC program, which added an additional $25 a week to the weekly benefit amount. No one with an Arkansas unemployment claim is entitled to 99 weeks of benefit on one benefit year.
If you have any questions about your unemployment claim and what you may be eligible to receive, contact your local Arkansas Department of Workforce Services office.
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