Californians who have lost their job or had their work hours reduced due to the direct result of the pandemic can collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. According to the reports of California Employment Development Department (EDD), the authorities have processed about 6.7 claims and paid about $33.5 billion in unemployment benefits in California since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Unemployment Benefits In California And The CARES Act
Generally, the regular unemployment benefits in California last for 26 weeks, but Californians can receive payment for an additional 13 weeks under the CARES Act. The Act also provides benefits to the otherwise ineligible self-employed, gig workers, freelancers, or independent contractors.
Extended Unemployment Benefits In California
The Employment Development Department is looking to provide a separate extension of traditional unemployment benefits. The program would be the Federal-State Extended Duration benefits program and will be known as the FED-ED program. It would provide benefits for at least an additional 13 weeks.
Under this program, benefits will be provided to Californians who are struggling to go back to their job and have a prolonged duration of unemployment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who Qualifies For FED-ED Program?
To receive benefits under the FED-ED program, Californians should meet certain eligibility criteria. Some of them include:
- Should exhaust benefits received under the regular Unemployment Insurance program
- Must run out of benefits received under the Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program
- Should be capable, available, and actively seeking to take up any job
- Should submit work search documents
More details about this program are expected to be out in a couple of weeks.
Can You Collect Unemployment Benefits If You Return To Your Work?
As businesses begin to reopen, some employers may require their employees to return to work. If you return to full-time employment, you cannot collect unemployment benefits. But if the work hours are reduced, or you are furloughed again, you can apply for UI benefits.
To apply for benefits, you should certify the number of hours worked each week and report income in the week in which it was earned. All these details must be reported on a bi-weekly certification form. If approved, you can collect payment for up to 26 weeks.
Note that the amount earned will be deducted from unemployment benefits. For instance, if you earned $200 in a week. The EDD may not count $50 and may deduct $150 from your regular unemployment insurance. So if you are expected to receive a $430 payment for that week, after deductions, you may get $280.
The same rule applies to the self-employed, independent contractors, or gig workers. The only difference is that they have to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and not regular unemployment benefits.
Filing For Unemployment Benefits In California
You can apply for unemployment benefits in California either online, by fax or mail, or the phone. To file online, visit the EDD website, log in to your account if you have one, and enter details asked for. If you don’t have an account, first register and then log in.
To file by fax or mail, access the paper unemployment application on the EDD website and mail it to the mailing address mentioned on the form. You can also call representatives at the toll-free number mentioned in the EDD website and file a claim.
What Happens After Filing An Unemployment Claim?
If you are a recent online applicant, you will receive a mail from the EDD confirming your registration. But if you haven’t filed unemployment for many years, you may not receive a mail, but a letter with an EDD Customer Account Number using which you can complete the set-up of the EDD unemployment claims account and file weekly claims.
Due to the surge in unemployment applications, the EDD may sometimes take time to process your application. Therefore, don’t panic if you haven’t received any mail from the EDD. Stay patient while the authorities process your form. For more details, you can always contact authorities at the EDD.
Kansas is one of the states worst affected by the measures taken to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kansas unemployment rate in May was 10.0%. To help the unemployed, the state offers Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Generally, the unemployment benefits last between 16 to 26 weeks. But due to the ongoing crisis, the authorities at the Department Of Labor have extended unemployment benefits in Kansas. The extension took effect on June 7, 2020.
Extended Unemployment Benefits In Kansas
Under the extended unemployment benefits program, the state provides benefits to qualified people for an additional 13 weeks. The new extended unemployment benefits would follow the end of the regular benefits as well as Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits.
That is to collect the payment under the extended unemployment benefits program, one should exhaust benefits received under both regular and PEUC programs.
The self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, etc. who qualify Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUA) can also collect payment under extended unemployment benefits.
Who Qualifies For Extended Benefits?
To be eligible for extended benefits in Kansas, you must meet several requirements. Some of them are listed below.
- You are still unemployed
- You have exhausted both regular UI and PEUC benefits
- You are able, available, and actively seeking for a job
- You have earned at least 2 of 4 quarters in your base period
- You must submit a log of work searches
How To Apply For Extended Benefits?
If you are already collecting his/her unemployment benefits, you need nor reapply for the extended benefits in Kansas. The authorities at the Department Of Labor will use the same details that were used to give traditional UI benefits and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. However, if you are recently unemployed or are not receiving benefits, then you must first apply for regular unemployment benefits.
You can apply for unemployment benefits in Kansas online or by phone. When filing a claim online, you will be required to enter several details such as:
- Contact details
- Address of the employer
- Social Security Number
- Driving license
Filing Unemployment Benefits By Phone
If you cannot file online, you can apply by dialing the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center. But you must be prepared to hold for a longer duration if he/she applies on Monday and Tuesday. This is because the Contact Center receives a maximum number of calls on Monday and Tuesday.
There are certain circumstances where you must file a claim by phone. They include:
- You have filed an unemployment benefits claim with another state in the last 12 months
- You have worked in another state in the past 18 months
- You were a federal employee or has served in military service in the past 18 months
After the application is submitted, the DOL will send an Unemployment Insurance Monetary Determination notice. The notice includes your incomes during your base period and provides the weekly benefit amount.
What If Claim Gets Rejected?
Sometimes despite meeting the requirements, the claim may be denied for unknown reasons. In such situations, you will have 16 days to apply for an unemployment appeal. You can appeal to the Office of Appeals of the Kansas DOL.
The authorities will review your appeal and schedule a hearing before an Unemployment Insurance Judge. The hearing can take place either over a call or face-to-face. You can present witness testimony and evidence, if any, at the hearing. The judge will then give his decision.
Kansas has multiple levels of hearing. If you are not happy with the decision of the judge, you can re-appeal it to the Employment Security Board of Review. If you disagree with its decision, you can apply for an appeal in the state court.
The extended unemployment benefits in Kansas will be made available by the month-end. If you have any further queries, contact the Department Of Labor.
In March, the federal government passed the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide temporary financial relief to those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The relief measures included Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), etc. These programs took effect in March. However, lately, the state of Texas triggered a state extended unemployment benefits program that provides additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance.
The extension comes after the previously extended unemployment benefits for 13 weeks under the federal’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) relief measure. The new extension took effect on May 31. Here, let’s have a detailed look at extended unemployment benefits in Texas.
Extended Unemployment Benefits In Texas
Typically, Texans can receive the benefits for 26 weeks. However, under the extended unemployment benefits program, Texans can now collect the payment for 52 weeks.
Texans could start receiving their state extended unemployment benefits in the week that ends on July 4, which is 13 weeks after the first extension (PEUC) that took effect in the state. Before collecting their additional 13 weeks of state extended benefits, the claimants must first exhaust their regular 26 weeks and the additional 13 weeks under PEUC.
The self-employed workers, gig workers, and independent contractors can collect extended benefits, provided they have exhausted their benefits under PUA program.
Who Qualifies For Extended Benefits In Texas?
To qualify for the extended unemployment benefits in Texas you must meet several eligibility requirements. Some of them include:
1. You have exhausted your regular as well as benefits received under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
2. You are able, available for work, and are actively seeking for a job
3. You are not receiving benefits with respect to any unemployment compensation of another state
4. You have wages in the base period of your regular benefits that includes:
- Wages higher than 40 times your most recent weekly payment
- Total wages in the base period greater than or equal to 1.5 times the highest quarter
How To Apply For Extended Benefits In Texas
You need not reapply for extended unemployment benefits if you are currently receiving the payment. But if you aren’t receiving, then file an unemployment claim online or over the phone.
You will have to provide several details while filing a claim. They include:
- Your last employer’s name, address and other contact details
- The first and last dates you worked for your last employer. If you worked on more than one occasion, provide the latest employment dates
- Information related to your normal wage you are seeking
- Information regarding hours worked and pay rate, provided you worked the week you file a claim (including Sunday)
- Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
Once you submit your application, the authorities will review it and will send you a Determination Notice, that indicates whether your claim is approved or denied. If your claim is approved, you will have to request payment every 2 weeks.
But if your claim is denied despite meeting the eligibility criteria, you can appeal for unemployment benefits.
Appealing Unemployment Benefits Denial
You can appeal Unemployment benefits by requesting a hearing, within 14 days after the Determination Notice was sent to you. On receiving your appeal request, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will schedule a hearing. Your hearing may take place over the phone or face-to-face.
Texas has multiple levels of hearing process. If you disagree with the decision after your first hearing, you can re-appeal to the three commissioners of TWC. The commissioners will review the evidence and give their judgement. If you disagree with their decision, you can file an appeal in court or request a rehearing from the TWC.
What To Do If You Are Overpaid?
Sometimes you may receive more benefits than you are entitled to. In such a situation, TWC will send you a notice and ask you to repay the additional unemployment benefits. Overpayment may be due to various reasons. Some of them include:
- You haven’t submitted correct information about your wages
- Miscalculation of benefit amount
Make sure you repay the overpaid amount, failing to which the Commission may deduct the amount from your future amounts or even take a legal action.
Extended unemployment benefits can provide you with temporary financial support. If you have any queries regarding the extended benefits, reach out to authorities at Texas Workforce Commission.
US has seen a steady downfall in unemployment rates during the year 2014. As we prepare to press this article into publication, we hear some great news from the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor. “Employment Situation”, the monthly news release added icing on the cake with revelation of unemployment rate for Feb 2015, which stood at 5.5 %, the lowest in years.
So what really triggered such a massive downfall? A combination of stimulants actually. Factors such as strong economic growth & even job creations across sectors and industries are the “key” contributors. However, a recent study sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research has thrown light on some startling facts by giving credit to “Cutting Unemployment Benefits”.
The study concluded that withdrawal of federal sponsored unemployment benefits extension in Dec 2013 resulted in 1.8 Million jobs being added in 2014.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation
The E.U.C as its popularly known, was a life saver program sponsored by the federal set up in 2008 during peak of recession when thousands of jobs were lost. It provided additional weeks of unemployment compensation to those jobless claimants who had exhausted the regular state provided benefits.
This program expired in Dec 2013, with no signs of renewal by the Congress which was of the opinion that the economy and jobless situation was stable and there was no need to burden the exchequer by reviving the E.U.C. It created an air of panic amongst the unemployed class, who were dependent on the monetary compensation to manage the basic expenses while they looked for jobs.
Led by Kurt Mitman, a group of fellows at National Bureau of Economic Research, carried out exhaustive study during this restless period starting early 2014 & released the papers in January this year.
The researchers used Local Area Unemployment Statistics dataset that reports county level data. They compared and analysed similar economic areas which had a variation in the unemployment compensation disbursed. Remember, during the study phase, there was a variation in the benefits offered in different states. The study points out that the average compensation weeks tumbled from 53 weeks to 25 weeks after the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expired.
The study concluded that cutting the federal sponsored benefits had resulted increase in employment across the country. The monthly data from the BLS further strengthens this finding. More people applied for jobs since the cut that led to decrease in jobless workers across sectors.
Present Day Situation
The unemployment rates have surged in a phased manner, improving month on month, beating post recession blues. About 295,000 jobless were added in the month of February 2015 & the unemployment rate stood strong at 5.5%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from January 2015.
If you were laid off recently and scouting for jobs, apply for unemployment insurance that provides you weeks of monetary compensation to to help you manage day to day expenses.
Congress voted to extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through 2013 on tuesday (1-1-2013). This means, unemployed workers who are currently collecting federal jobless benefits can continue to receive unemployment compensation. Unemployed workers who run out of state benefits during 2013 are now eligible for benefit extensions.
With the extension of EUC, more than 2 million Americans have been saved from hitting poverty.
EUC is a 100% federally funded program that provides extension of unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. The EUC program was created in the year 2008 to combat high unemployment rates and has been amended several times.
Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which includes the extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and temporary extension of Extended Benefit Provisions. The President is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as today, January 3, 2013.
The legislation has not changed the number of weeks of benefits available under the EUC program, but has allowed the program to continue the same as before.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the two federal unemployment programs, (EUC and State Extended Benefits (SEB)) could have costed about $30 billion for a year long extension. The extension in EUC benefits is said to create 300,000 jobs and boost economic growth by 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
If you are currently receiving EUC benefits, please continue claiming benefits weekly to ensure timely payment.
Eligibility for EUC benefits depends on the date of your claim, your state and the state unemployment rate.
Keep checking state websites for updates on benefit extension and further instructions.
If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits and still meet the eligibility conditions to receive compensation in Texas, you will be able to receive extended unemployment benefits either by State or Federal Unemployment extension programs of Texas.
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Texas Unemployment Benefit is the pay of fixed amount on monthly or weekly basis given to unemployed workers who meet certain employment criteria. Every UI claimant is expected to enroll themselves with the Texas Workforce Commission once they are laid off from their jobs. Every State of United States expects its UI claimants to continuously search and accept new jobs. This may include submitting regular work logs each time a benefit claim is filed and accepting any work that pays at least minimum wage and a gross weekly pay that exceeds the weekly claim amount received.
Extended UI Benefits
In case you have proved that you are continuously trying for the new jobs yet is still facing trouble in finding a suitable job while your sponsorship benefit period is ending, then you may be able to get an extension on your existing benefits.
The total amount paid to the eligible claimant will usually be equal to what they are entitled under the regular unemployment, but note that the collection time will be extended.
Eligibility Requirement for Extended Benefits
There are some eligibility requirements to be fulfilled in order to enjoy extended benefit period.
- Base period wages must be equal or 40 times more of your weekly benefit amount. (If your regular claim pays 26 weeks of benefits, then you meet this qualification.)
- You should have exhausted all your regular benefits on your most recent claim, or the claim year must be expired.
- You must also not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in any other state.
Types of Extended Benefit
Basically there are two types of extended unemployment benefits under Texas Workforce Commission. These programs make it possible for the long-term unemployed to continue receiving monthly assistance while searching for work.
- Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC); and
- Extended Benefits (EB).
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC):
Emergency Unemployment Compensation offers an additional number of weeks. Texas currently pays EUC Tiers 1, 2, and 3.
For the Regular UI claim you will be able to get the benefit up to 26 weeks.
Tiers of Extended Unemployment Benefits
There are four tiers of unemployment benefits at present. A tier of unemployment is an extension of a definite amount of weeks of jobless benefits. Each tier offers extra weeks of unemployment in addition to basic state unemployment benefits.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tiers through September 2012:
- Tier 1: 20 weeks or 80% of your regular claim, whichever is less
- Tier 2: 14 weeks or 54% of your regular claim, whichever is less
- Tier 3: 13 weeks or 50% of your regular claim, whichever is less
You must exhaust each level (Tier) of benefits before applying for an extension.
Tier 1: If you run out of regular benefits by the deadline, TWC mails you a EUC application that you complete and return to TWC. If you are eligible for EUC, TWC mails you a letter showing the amount you are eligible for on your EUC claim.
Tier 2 & 3: If you run out of your prior EUC tier by the deadline, TWC automatically adds the next tier to your claim.
Extended Benefit (EB)
Under Extended Benefits, the additional extension of benefits is offered once EUC is exhausted.
Unemployment Extended Benefits program for Texas provides up to 20 weeks of additional compensation after all federal unemployment extension payments have been received. Eligible workers can receive either 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of an initial unemployment claim, whichever amounts to less.
Along with the state unemployment extension, the federal government may add to the available benefits by enacting an extended benefits program of its own.
***The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them***
Those who are obtaining unemployment benefits are also entitled to apply for additional extended benefits under various state and federal schemes. Customary unemployment insurance lasts for up to 12 weeks (2016) in Florida. When there are elevated levels of unemployment in your state, you will receive an extension of benefits. A soaring level of unemployment is described as a rate above 6%. Your state will inform you about the unemployment extension when your traditional benefits are about to run out.
Want to know how long does this extension provide benefits in your State?
Benefits Extension by State – Available Weeks
The following table shows number of weeks of extension allowed in each state. Everyone will be eligible for UI benefits. EUC and EB benefits are determined based on the current unemployment rate in the State and subject to availability.
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UI: Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs offer the basic unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become jobless through no fault of their own, and meet specific other eligibility requirements.
Note: Emergency Unemployment Compensation(E.U.C) remains expired and is not available in any of the states or D.C. Extended Benefits(EB) are only activated during high unemployment period and is state specific.
EUC: This is a 100% federally funded program that offers benefits to those who have exhausted regular state benefits. There are presently four Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits extensions available. Each Tier provides additional weeks of unemployment other than the basic state unemployment benefits.
EB: Extended Benefits (EB) are available to workers who have exhausted usual unemployment insurance benefits all through periods of high unemployment.
Unemployment Extension Tiers
As already mentioned, in the United States, there is a usual of up to 12 weeks of unemployment benefits, known as “regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits”. There are two programs for extending UI benefits.
- Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
- Extended Benefits (EB)
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
Important Note: EUC benefits remain expired as of December 28,2013 awaiting an extension that is being debated to be approved by the Congress. These are not available currently.We suggest that you keep a track of national news in this regard for updates.
A Tier of unemployment is an addition of a certain amount of weeks of unemployment benefits. There are presently four Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits extensions available. Each Tier provides additional weeks of unemployment other than the basic state unemployment benefits.
- EUC Tier 1 offer up to 20 weeks or 80% of an individual’s maximum benefit amount from their original unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less.
- EUC Tier 2 gives up to 14 weeks of 54% of an individual’s highest benefit amount from their original unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must tire out EUC Tier 1 benefits so as to obtain EUC Tier 2 benefits.
- EUC Tier 3 provide up to 13 weeks or 50% of an individual’s maximum benefit amount from their actual unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must run out EUC Tier 2 benefits in order to receive EUC Tier 3 benefits.
- EUC Tier 4 offer up to 6 weeks or 24% of an individual’s maximum benefit from their original UI claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must exhaust their EUC Tier 3 claim by benefit.
Extended Benefits (EB)
Extended Benefits are obtainable to workers who have tired usual unemployment insurance benefits all through periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits program offers up to 13 extra weeks of benefits when a State is undergoing high unemployment.
EB is activated only during high unemployment period in the State.
How to File for Unemployment Benefits Extension
- Check your state’s unemployment extension qualification criteria. The rules for unemployment and unemployment extension are dissimilar in each state. Start exploring the unemployment extension eligibility criteria particular to your state. There are often two different unemployment extensions, one in state funded while the other funded by the government.
- Gather all personal information necessary; and reapply. Collect all of your information you needed upon primarily filing unemployment; your work histories, your reason of unemployment, and your social security number. In order to obtain an unemployment extension, go to your state’s unemployment website, or call the employment security department. Apply for your unemployment extension.
- Wait for the mail; the paperwork comes in the mail and your checks must keep coming. Once you have applied for your unemployment benefits, wait for the paperwork and the payments that will follow. Bear in mind that you can be inspected on your job search at any time; keep through job search records with reliable contacts to confirm receiving your application.
Update: As of January 2014, Federal EUC benefits have expired and the Congress has not approved the extension of these benefits yet.
You have lost your job that provided all the financial support. Now what? Obviously this is not the time to doubt in your abilities and feel depressed. Take a step back and use job search links to look for a stable income. But the first thing you need to do is to file for unemployment insurance benefits.
The initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits just aren’t enough. An extension of unemployment compensation will let the benefits flowing to millions of unemployed workers in the country. This means that the jobless workers should be able to move to the next tier of benefits if they are eligible for extended benefits. So all hope is not lost. You can still keep a roof over your head and food on your table by doing several things.
An extension of benefits allows a continuation of unemployment compensation payments beyond the standard 26 week period. Moreover, it would also help the people who are out of work and finding it difficult to find a new job in an economy in recession.
There are two types of extended unemployment benefits:
• Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC): Emergency Unemployment Compensation offers an additional number of weeks that depends on the unemployment level in your state.
• Extended Benefits (EB): Under Extended Benefits, the additional extension of benefits is offered once EUC is exhausted and the time taken to receive the additional benefits depends on the level of unemployment in your state.
Your state should report you about applying for an extension just when your benefits are about to expire. However, it is safe to contact your unemployment office to know about an extension a few weeks before your period of regular benefits is complete. You will be asked to meet the same eligibility standards required for regular benefits in order to qualify for an extension.
Congress voted April 15 2010, the last day for jobless workers to claim for extended unemployment benefits till in June 2 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law. This law restored the federal unemployment benefits to over millions of jobless Americans.
Benefits are divided into tiers and the claimants should file for these benefits whenever they move into a new tier. In total, getting an extension for unemployment benefits makes it possible to receive up to 79 weeks of benefits (26 weeks of traditional benefits + 33 weeks of EUC + 20 weeks of EB) if you live in a state with a high rate of unemployment.
Congress has decided to go on with the federal extended unemployment benefits programs which were set to expire on December 31, 2011 through February 2012. In every tiers of Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), the legislation has extended the availability of benefits for two months.
Your State Unemployment Office website has every detail of when and how benefits will be paid as well as who qualifies for these extended benefits. The only way to avoid unemployment scams is to claim for extended benefits through your state employment office as you are not allowed to apply on third party websites, even if they say they will file for you. Typical unemployment scams include websites that offer to file for extended unemployment benefits or unemployment benefits for you. It’s important to know that you are the only person who can apply online for benefits.