Extended Benefits Update

By April 8, 2021COVID-19

Regular extended benefits are triggering off in numerous states because Total Unemployment Rates dropped below 6% and because the number of claims filed also declined since this time last year. As states trigger off, they will reduce the total number of weeks of benefits available to unemployed individuals and will generate administrative issues as they explain and implement the change.

Effective April 4th, the states that will stay on regular extended benefits includes Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and the Virgin Islands. In these states, there will be 100% federal reimbursement for regular extended benefit payments from state unemployment trust funds. These states may be able to trigger on at least through the week ending prior to September 6th of this year according to estimates made based on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extension. States that continue to trigger on regular extended benefits for weeks ending after September 6th should be aware that if the 100% reimbursement is not continued there will be increased charges to their UI trust fund accounts.

The Department of Labor’s official trigger notice post can be found on their site here: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/trigger/2021/trig_040421.html.

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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