Starting August 9, many Floridians whose Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits have lapsed can begin claiming retroactive weeks of benefits under the new federal law that extends eligibility deadlines.
Since claims for customers whose benefits had lapsed will be entered into the system incrementally and processed each day, the agency suggests customers should check the status of their claim once per day starting today, August 9. You may claim your weeks once your claim has been updated to show you that weeks are available. There is no need to check more than once per day since each day’s claims are updated overnight.
Customers who are eligible for Extended Benefits (EB) can begin claiming retroactive weeks starting tomorrow, August 10. EB weeks must be certified online or by mail using the application you will receive from the agency.
· Certifying online at www.floridajobs.org is the quickest and most efficient way to process claims.
· For EUC customers who do not have Internet access, the UC hotline – (800) 204-2418, (800) 204-2418 are available Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call volume tends to be lighter later in the week and on Saturdays.
· AWI is in the process of notifying all potentially eligible customers by mail of their status and next steps to receive benefits.
· Tier I: Under the new law, unemployed workers receiving benefits from their regular state claims have until November 20, 2010 to exhaust their state benefits and establish eligibility for EUC Tier I, which provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.
· Tiers II and III: Unemployed workers currently receiving benefits on EUC Tiers I, II, or III may qualify for the next level of benefits if their current tier is exhausted by November 27, 2010. EUC Tier II provides up to 14 weeks of benefits and Tier III provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits.
· Tier IV: Those who exhaust Tier III benefits by November 27, 2010 could establish eligibility for Tier IV benefits, which provides up to 6 additional weeks of benefits.
· Those who received a final payment notice for regular, EUC Tier I, II, or III will receive a wage determination letter in the mail and will automatically be enrolled in the next level of EUC. Customers should be able to begin certifying for the additional benefits this week and will be paid retroactively.
· Those who will exhaust EUC Tiers I, II, and III between July 22, 2010 and November 27, 2010 will be automatically enrolled in the next level of benefits. They will receive a wage determination letter in the mail and can continue claiming weeks.
· Customers can be paid EUC until April 30, 2011.
· The EB program pays up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who have no further entitlement to regular or EUC benefits if the state is in an extended benefits period.
· Governor Crist’s Executive Order allows eligible Floridians to receive EB payments through December 4, 2010.
· The new law does not create any additional tiers of benefits.
· Customers who are potentially eligible for additional benefits will be notified by mail and can begin certifying for weeks starting this week.