Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

Sequestration Cuts on Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Update on EUC Sequestration  (see below)

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program ends on January 1, 2014.

 The last payable week of EUC benefits will be the week ending December 28, 2013.  There is no “phase-out” period after December 28, 2013.

 New EUC initial claims.  Individuals must exhaust their Regular benefits with the week ending December 21, 2013 to be eligible for EUC.  For individuals who apply for a new EUC claim during the week of December 22 to December 28, 2013, only one week is payable.  All payments on EUC claims will end as of the week ending December 28, 2013.

 Existing EUC claims.  Individuals on existing EUC claims can continue to file their weekly or bi-weekly claim certifications to collect the remaining balance on their Tier up to December 28, 2013.  Tier II is eliminated after December 15, 2012 but those already on Tier II can continue to collect their remaining balance.  The latest extension has no phase-out period and all benefits will end as of the week ending December 28, 2013.

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 which extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for another year from January 2, 2013 to January 1, 2014.  This is the twelfth piece of legislation affecting the EUC program.  It does not provide for additional weeks of EUC benefits.

Update.  Sequestration Cuts.  The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires mandatory budget cuts to the federal EUC program.  This reduction is known as sequestration and all states were required to make benefit amount cuts on or after March 31, 2013.  The reduction amount was determined by the U.S. Department of Labor and varied among states depending on when each state implemented the reduction.  In Hawaii, sequestration began on April 28, 2013 and all EUC benefits for the period beginning April 28, 2013 to September 28, 2013 are subject to a 12.8% reduction.  The new federal fiscal year begins on October 1, 2013, resulting in changes to the sequestration of EUC benefits.  Individuals currently on EUC prior to or as of October 12, 2013, will continue to be subject to the 12.8% reduction in EUC benefits.  Individuals filing a new EUC initial claim beginning October 13, 2013 and beyond, will not be subject to sequestration.  A revised determination is mailed to each individual to provide the new reduced weekly benefit amount and the new reduced remaining balance.

EUC program ends 1/1/14.  No payments after week ending 12/28/13.

Tier

Up to 12/28/13

Effective 5/27/12 to 9/1/12

Effective 9/2/12 to 12/28/13

I

20 weeks

20 weeks

14 weeks

All Tier I claims beginning prior to 10/13/13 are subject to the 12.8% cut in benefits due to sequestration.

II

14 weeks

14 weeks

Unemployment rate of

6% required

14 weeks

Unemployment rate of

6% required

Ended 12/16/12 in Hawaii

III

13 weeks

unemployment rate of

6% required

13 weeks

unemployment rate of

7% required

Ended 6/23/12 in Hawaii

Not available in Hawaii

 

20 weeks of Tier I EUC.  Reduced to 14 weeks effective 9/2/12.

  • Effective 7/6/08, up to 13 weeks payable.
  • Effective 11/23/08, up to 20 weeks payable.
  • Effective 9/2/12, up to 14 weeks payable.
  • Effective 4/28/13, benefits reduced by 12.8% due to sequestration.
  • Effective 10/13/13, new claims will not be reduced by sequestration.  Existing old claims will continue to be reduced by 12.8%.

14 weeks of Tier II EUC, Tier II ended 12/16/12.

  • Effective 5/3/09, up to 13 weeks payable.
  • Effective 11/8/09, up to 14 weeks payable.
  • Effective 12/16/12, Tier II ended as Hawaii’s unemployment rate is below 6%.
  • If you are on Tier II as of 12/16/12, you can continue to collect your remaining balance up to 12/28/13.

13 weeks of Tier III EUC.  Tier III ended 6/24/12.

  • Effective 11/8/09, up to 13 weeks payable.
  • Effective 6/24/12, Tier III ended as Hawaii’s unemployment rate is below 7%.
  • If you are on Tier III as of 6/23/12, you can continue to collect your remaining balance up to 12/28/13.

6 weeks of Tier IV EUC.     NOT AVAILABLE IN HAWAII.

  • Hawaii EUC claimants do not qualify for Tier IV as the unemployment rate for the state is below the trigger level.

Remaining Tier balances when EUC program ends.  The last payable week on the EUC program is the week ending 12/28/13.  Thereafter, individuals will not be able to collect any remaining balances on their EUC claims.  No EUC benefits can be paid for any week of unemployment after December 28, 2013.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR EUC?

To be eligible, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be currently unemployed, exhaust all of your Regular benefits as of the week ending December 21, 2013 and apply for EUC by December 27, 2013.  The EUC program ends January 1, 2014.  No new EUC applications will be accepted for weeks of unemployment ending after December 28, 2013.
  2. You had a claim for regular benefits with a benefit year ending May 1, 2007 or later which has exhausted or has expired.
  1. You must have no rights to regular benefits or any other compensation under federal law and not receiving benefits under the Canada unemployment law.
  1. You must have one of the following in the base period of your last regular unemployment insurance claim:
  • 20 weeks of full-time insured employment or
  • Wages equal to one and one-half times your high quarter wages or
  • Wages equal to 40 times the weekly benefit amount on your last regular claim.
  1. You must satisfy all eligibility requirements of the Hawaii Employment Security Law.
  1. You must be registered in HireNet Hawaii and keep your resume posted online.  You must be able and available for work and continue to make 3 job contacts each week.  You must keep a record of your job contacts on Form UC-253, Record of Contacts Made for Work and provide it to your local claims office or to staff at the Workforce Development Division (state employment service) upon request.  To obtain Form UC-253, go to http://hawaii.gov/labor/ui/ui-quick-facts/forms.
  1. Effective March 26, 2012, you must attend a reemployment eligibility assessment (REA) when requested to do so.  Failure to attend may result in a disqualification of benefits.
  1. You must not have a disqualification or ineligibility still in effect.
  1. Effective November 18, 2012, individuals will be selected in a random audit of work search efforts.  If you are selected, you must submit a record of your job contacts on Form UC-254, Record of Contacts Made for Work, as instructed.  We will verify one of the job contacts you listed for the week requested.  If we are unable to verify your job contact, your document will be routed to a claims examiner for further investigation and eligibility determination.  If it is determined that you were not eligible for benefits and overpaid benefits, you may be liable to repay the overpaid amount.

HOW DO I FILE FOR EUC?

  1. New EUC Claims – Exhaustees of Regular UI benefits.

For individuals who exhaust regular UI benefits, notices are being mailed out weekly with instructions to report in-person to a local claims office with your notice or to call Hawaii Tele-Claim and apply for EUC by phone.  (Applications for EUC cannot be filed over the internet.)  The maximum benefit amount on your new EUC claim is 14 times your weekly benefit amount for Tier I effective September 2, 2012.  The last day to apply for a new EUC claim is December 27, 2013.

Individuals who exhaust regular UI benefits after December 21, 2013 will not be eligible for EUC.

To file new applications or to reopen EUC claims by phone:

Call Hawaii Tele-Claim (toll-free) at:

643-5555 (if you are in Hawaii) or
1-877-215-5793 (if you are out-of-state

Sunday 9:00 am to 11:00 pm (HST)
Monday through Thursday 6:30 am to 11:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If Friday is a holiday, then Thursday’s hours are 6:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Service not available Saturday and holidays. 

To file applications for EUC in person:  See Local Claim Office locations and contact information below.

  1. EUC filers with existing EUC claims – Claimants who exhausted Tier I or Tier II.

Tier I to Tier II.  If you exhausted Tier I EUC benefits as of the week ending December 15, 2012, Tier II EUC benefits are payable up to the week ending December 28, 2013.  The maximum benefit amount for Tier II is 14 times your weekly benefit amount.

Tier II ended in Hawaii on December 16, 2012.  The week ending December 15, 2012 was the last week in which EUC claimants could exhaust Tier I and establish eligibility in Tier II.

Tier II to Tier III.  If you exhausted Tier II EUC benefits as of the week ending June 23, 2012, Tier III EUC benefits are payable up to the week ending December 28, 2013.

Tier III ended in Hawaii on June 24, 2012.  The week ending June 23, 2012 was the last week in which EUC claimants could exhaust Tier II and establish eligibility in Tier III.

  1. Filling weekly or bi-weekly EUC claim certifications. 

By phone:       Call Hawaii Tele-Claim (toll-free) at:

643-2222 (if you are in Hawaii) or
1-877-215-5791 (if you are out-of-state)

Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 11:00 pm (HST)
Weekend and holidays 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. 

By internet:     Go to uiclaims.hawaii.gov.

WHY ARE SOME WEEKS PENDING EUC REVIEW AND NOT PAID?

All states are required by federal guidelines to conduct a review at the end of every calendar quarter on each EUC claim.  This review is to determine whether you qualify for a new regular claim or can continue on your EUC claim.  While the review is pending, continue to file your weekly or bi-weekly claim certifications.  The local claims office conducts this review and will release payments after the review is done or advise you of your options regarding the continuation of EUC benefits or filing for a new regular claim.  If you cannot continue on EUC and must file a new regular claim, this may result in a new lower weekly benefit amount.

Forms – Do not mail.  To apply in-person at the local claims office, you may print and complete forms before reporting to the claims office.

EUC BP-1 Application for Determination of Insured Status
EUC BP-24  Eligibility Review Questionnaire