How to Extend Unemployment Benefits in Texas?
Updated : July 30th, 2012
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.