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EUC Overview
 
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) requires across-the-board budget cuts to many federal programs, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. These reductions are generally known as “sequestration” budget cuts.

The purpose of sequestration is to reduce each federal agency’s budgetary resources in non-exempt accounts for the remainder of the fiscal year. This means that all weekly payments of EUC for weeks beginning on or after
March 31, 2013 through September 28, 2013, must be reduced by 10.7 percent. Also, all weekly payments of EUC for weeks that begin on or after September 29, 2013, must be reduced by 7.2 percent. Affected individuals will be notified by mail.

The reduction in EUC benefits is mandated by federal law and does not provide appeal rights.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through week ending date December 28, 2013. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96) introduced a Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) requirement for continuation of EUC second, third and fourth tiers.

First-Tier Emergency Unemployment Compensation (1st Tier EUC)
Individuals who have been paid all regular UI benefits may be eligible to receive First-Tier EUC. Effective September 2, 2012, First-Tier EUC will calculate to be the least of either 54% or 14 times the weekly benefit of the regular UI claim. First-Tier EUC benefits are payable through week ending date December 28, 2013 and there is not a Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) requirement to pay benefits. EUC cannot be paid for any weeks ending after December 28, 2013, even if there is a remaining balance.

Second-Tier Emergency Unemployment Compensation (2nd Tier EUC)
Individuals who have been paid all First-Tier EUC benefits may be eligible to receive Second-Tier EUC benefits. As of May 27, 2012, Georgia’s TUR must be at least 6% to continue to pay Second-Tier EUC. The tier calculates to be the least of either 54% or 14 times the weekly benefit of the regular UI claim. Second-Tier EUC benefits are payable through week ending date December 28, 2013, as long as Georgia’s TUR remains above the required rate. EUC cannot be paid for any weeks ending after December 28, 2013, even if there is a remaining balance.

Third-Tier Emergency Unemployment Compensation (3rd Tier EUC)
Individuals who have been paid all Second-Tier EUC benefits may be eligible to receive Third-Tier EUC benefits. As of May 27, 2012, Georgia’s TUR must be at least 7% to continue to pay Third-Tier EUC. Effective September 2, 2012, Third-Tier EUC will calculate to be the least of either 35% or 9 times the weekly benefit of the regular UI claim. Third-Tier EUC benefits are payable through week ending date December 28, 2013, as long as Georgia’s TUR remains above the required rate. EUC cannot be paid for any weeks ending after December 28, 2013, even if there is a remaining balance.

Fourth-Tier Emergency Unemployment Compensation (4th Tier EUC)
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on December 21, 2012, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Georgia fell below the 9.0% rate required to remain triggered “on” to the Fourth Tier EUC program. As a result, individuals must qualify for and exhaust Third Tier EUC benefits prior to or during the claim week of January 6-12, 2013, in order to establish a new Fourth Tier EUC claim. Individuals who meet this requirement and have a remaining balance as of the week beginning January 13, 2013 are eligible to receive the remaining Fourth Tier EUC balance through week ending date December 28, 2013. EUC cannot be paid for any weeks ending after December 28, 2013, even if there is a remaining balance.

State Extended Benefits (SEB)
The State Extended Benefits (SEB) Program for the state of Georgia ended on March 26, 2012. Provisions for SEB were only available while Georgia’s unemployment rate remained above the required minimum set by federal regulations. Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 30, 2012 as well as revisions to prior year data released on February 29, 2012, Georgia no longer met the criteria to continue the SEB program. Under federal and state law, individuals may receive three additional weeks of SEB after the week the program ends. The last payable week of SEB is the week of April 15-21, 2012. There will be no payment of SEB for weeks ending after April 21, 2012, even if a balance remains.

ES Registration & Work Search Requirements
All individuals receiving EUC benefits must be registered for employment services and are required to be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work unless exempted due to participation in approved training, union affiliation, or have a definite recall to work date within six weeks. The law requires individuals to record and submit proof of their work search efforts, listing verifiablecontacts, while receiving EUC. You are required to make a minimum of three new reportable job contacts each week. These contacts must be with employers not previously contacted. Employer contacts can include those made in person, by telephone, online or by résumés, faxed, mailed, or emailed. Failure, for any reason, to seek work or submit your work search records during (or for) any EUC week claimed will result in a denial and/or repayment of benefits. The work search efforts must be submitted to the Department either online or to specified fax numbers. The fax numbers are: 404.525.3605, 404.525.3606, or 1.877.302.1573 (toll free). Work search records are subject to random audit by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Reemployment Services & Eligibility Assessment Activities
All individuals who establish a new First-Tier or Second-Tier EUC claim will be required to actively participate in EUC reemployment activities, to receive weekly EUC benefits. Individuals identified to participate in these mandatory activities will receive a notice to report in person to their local career center. During the scheduled appointment, individuals will be provided the following services: labor market and career information, a skills assessment, orientation of the services available through the career centers, and a review of weekly work search records to determine continued EUC eligibility. Participation in EUC reemployment activities is required as a condition of eligibility to receive EUC benefits.
Failure or refusal to participate will result in an ineligibility and possible establishment of an overpayment. Eligibility will be determined on a week-by-week basis.

EUC Eligibility Option

The new law continues an option for certain individuals to elect to receive EUC instead of filing a new regular unemployment insurance (UI) claim when their benefit year expires and a new benefit year claim can be established. The potential new regular UI claim must be at least $100 or 25% less than the individual’s weekly benefit amount of the expired benefit year claim.


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