Virginia Unemployment Extension
Federal legislation passed under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act offers several changes to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. The next change occurs with those claimants who tire out their regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim on or after September 1, 2012.
With claims effective, September 2, 2012 or after, new EUC Tier I entitlement changed from the lesser of 20 weeks or 80 percent of the claimant’s regular UI claim to the lesser of 14 weeks or 54 percent of their regular UI claim. This means effective September 2, 2012, the maximum entitlement under any new EUC Tier I is 14 weeks. The last effective date for a new EUC Tier I claim was December 23, 2012.
This change does not affect those claimants on EUC Tier I prior to September 2, 2012. Those individuals who established a EUC Tier I claim prior to September 2, 2012 were eligible to receive their full EUC Tier I entitlement up through the week ending 12-29-12 or until exhaustion, whichever comes first.
With the change to EUC Tier I effective 9-2-12, Virginia’s UI and EUC combined entitlement is reduced from a maximum of 46 weeks to a maximum of 40 weeks.
Under current federal law, there would be no more benefits paid under any Tier of EUC after the week ending December 29, 2012. After that date, Virginia would only be able to provide benefits under the regular UI program (up to 26 weeks).
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that the firm in which you worked for did not have adequate work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you.