Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are slated to expire at the end of 2013. An extension is not part of the budget deal recently announced by Congress, despite much press coverage about the need for continuing EUC benefits (see below):
We wanted to share this excellent Washington Post piece on the massive state press coverage placing pressure on Congress to reauthorize federal jobless benefits.
Of special note to state advocates, check out the excellent graphic that the Dems on the Ways and Means Committee produced documenting the front page press coverage around the states and the interactive state map they developed with lots of helpful state facts and figures.
Maurice Emsellem, Director
Access and Opportunity Program
National Employment Law Project
Wisconsin’s DWD recently updated its EUC information page with this information:
Under federal law, EUC benefits are set to expire on December 28, 2013. After that date, EUC benefits will no longer be available.
Claimants who remain unemployed are not prohibited from continuing to file weekly UI claims and will be notified if Congress passes a new extension of benefits.
Claimants receiving Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) may continue receiving regular state unemployment benefits until their eligibility for those benefits ends. Claimants exhausting their regular UI benefits after December 21, 2013 will not be eligible for federal benefit extensions, under current federal law.
In early January, many in Congress hope to take up the issue of continuing EUC benefits. Accordingly, if you are currently receiving EUC benefits and want to continue receiving those benefits in 2014, keep filing weekly claims even after EUC benefits have expired. If Congress does renew the program, then that weekly filing will mean all EUC benefits due you will be restored. And, even if your regular unemployment benefits run out in January, keep filing weekly claims so that you can receive EUC benefits if Congress does renew the program.
By the end of January 2014, we should know whether Congress will take action on EUC benefits or not.