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Important information for employers on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefits (EB)

Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Claimants who established a UC benefit year that ends on or after May 1, 2007, may have qualified for federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). EUC benefits may be paid for as many as 53 weeks at the same rate that regular UC was paid. EUC benefits are 100 percent federally funded and are not charged to employers.

Important Information Regarding the Phase-out of EUC/EB

Under existing law, EUC benefits begin phasing out as follows:

1. If a claimant exhausts regular UC benefits no later than the week ending May 22, 2010, the claimant may be eligible for Tier 1 EUC.
2. If a claimant exhausts a tier of EUC benefits no later than the week ending May 29, 2010, the claimant may be eligible for the next tier of EUC.
3. The last week that EUC may be paid is the week ending November 6, 2010.

Extended Benefits: Extended Benefits (EB) are additional weeks of unemployment compensation payable to qualified workers when certain adverse economic conditions exist in Pennsylvania. These conditions are based upon the state’s unemployment rate reaching a certain level prescribed by the Pennsylvania UC Law. When these conditions exist statewide, the Department of Labor and Industry declares an EB period. Starting with the week ending February 21, 2009, a state Extended Benefit period began in Pennsylvania.

Regular EB: The total amount of regular EB that a claimant may receive is 50 percent of the amount of regular UC the claimant was financially eligible to receive on the claimant’s most recent claim for regular UC. If the claimant was financially eligible for 26 weeks of regular UC, the claimant may be financially eligible for 13 weeks of regular EB, and if the claimant was financially eligible for 16 weeks of regular UC, the claimant may be financially eligible for 8 weeks of regular EB. However, EB may only be paid for weeks ending during an EB period.

“HUP” EB: The Pennsylvania UC Law was recently amended to increase the maximum amount of EB a claimant may receive if Pennsylvania enters a “high unemployment period,” or HUP. A HUP occurs when Pennsylvania’s total unemployment rate reaches 8 percent. The Commonwealth’s total unemployment rate has risen to the level necessary to create a HUP.

As a result of the HUP, if a claimant is financially eligible for 13 weeks of regular EB, the claimant’s financial eligibility is increased to 20 weeks. If the claimant is financially eligible for 8 weeks of regular EB, the claimant’s financial eligibility is increased to 12.8 weeks.

This increased amount of EB, called HUP EB, applies only to weeks within the HUP. The first week for which HUP EB may be paid is the week ending August 8, 2009.Claims for HUP EB are filed in the same way as claims for regular EB.

Private Sector Employers: Normally, private sector employers, including non-profit employers, pay 50 percent of the cost of EB. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) temporarily changed the cost allocation for EB for private sector employers. ARRA provides that the federal government will pay for 100 percent of the cost of EB for weeks of unemployment through the week ending June 5, 2010, and for subsequent weeks under certain circumstances.

Under the ARRA phase-out provisions, if a claimant received at least one week of EB through the week ending June 5, 2010, and the claimant continues to receive EB after that date, the federal government will continue to fund 100 percent of the claimant’s EB until those benefits are exhausted or through the week ending October 30, 2010, whichever occurs earlier.

Private sector employers will resume paying 50 percent of the cost of EB for EB claims established after the week ending June 5, 2010, EB paid for weeks after June 5, 2010, that is not 100 percent federally funded, and all EB benefits paid after the week ending October 30, 2010.

State and Local Government Employers: State and local government employers pay for 100 percent of the cost of EB. ARRA did not change the cost allocation of EB for these employers.