COVID-19 & the Missouri Department of Labor: Triggering on Extended Benefits

By June 10, 2020COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) will start to offer the extended benefits (EB) program for those who exhausted unemployment benefits. The EB program offers up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who exhausted both their regular benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) assistance. When individuals exhaust regular benefits and PEUC, the state will issue written notification to those who are eligible to apply for the new EB program. The weekly benefit amount under the EB program will remain the same. The state’s most recent insured unemployment rate (IUR) of 5.39% triggered the state into a 13-week EB period beginning the week of May 31, 2020. The most recent EB program was triggered in 2009 and ended April 7, 2012.


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Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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