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Tennessee Department of Labor informs Tennesseans that Federal Extensions of Unemployment Insurance is Set to Expire at End Of 2012

Posted By News Staff On Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 3:00 am In News | No Comments

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising approximately 39,000 unemployment claimants who are receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January 2013.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) is a federally-funded program, which provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).The last payable week for all claimants receiving EUC08 federal benefits will be the week ending December 29th, 2012, meaning claimants will certify for that week and receive their last payment the first week of January.

All claimants in the EUC08 program — no matter how many weeks they were initially notified they would receive, what tier of EUC they are in, or the amount of balance in that tier — will receive their last EUC08 payment during the first week of January.

After January 2nd Tennessee will return to the system in which an approved new claim could have a maximum of up to 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.

Additional updates will be provided on the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/2012_Unemployment_Update.shtml. [1]

Frequently Ask Questions

If I’m receiving federal unemployment benefits, when will I be cut off?
The last payable week for all claimants receiving EUC08 federal benefits will be the week ending December 29th, 2012, meaning claimants will certify for that week and receive their last payment the first week of January.

How do I know if I’m receiving federal benefits?
Claimants receive a letter from the department notifying them when they have transitioned from state to federal benefits. As a general rule, if you’ve been receiving benefits for more than six months, you are receiving federal benefits.

I received a notice that says I have more weeks than there are until the end of the year.
All claimants in the EUC08 program — no matter how many weeks they were initially notified they would receive, what tier of EUC they are in, or the amount of balance in that tier — will receive their last EUC08 payment during the first week of January.

What if my benefits run out?
Unemployed workers are not eligible for benefits again until they earn qualifying wages.

Will I receive a notification that my benefits are ending?
Claimants receiving federal benefits will not receive a notice in the mail stating their benefits will end. Each week during certification, the department will give claimants a message notifying them of the expiration of federal benefits.

I’m about to apply for unemployment. How does this affect me?
Tennessee’s unemployment insurance is still available. After January 2nd Tennessee will return to the system in which an approved new claim could have a maximum of up to 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.


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