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FAQ's - Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

  1. After the exhaustion of EUC, are previous TRA benefits payable?
  2. Can EUC payments be used to offset overpayments of EUC or other benefit programs?
  3. Can an individual qualify for EUC if his most recent UI claim had a BYE date prior to May 1, 2007?
  4. Does EUC entitlement exist for an individual who cannot monetarily establish a new claim but has a prior qualifying benefit year?
  5. Does an individual with a qualifying benefit year who is eligible for UI benefits on a subsequent benefit year have the option to receive EUC based on the first benefit year?
  6. Does the EB work search and suitable work requirements apply to EUC?
  7. Does the individual who monetarily qualifies for a new benefit year but is ineligible to draw benefits due to the double-dip provision, qualify for EUC on the prior claim?
  8. How does EUC entitlement affect the payment of basic TRA?
  9. How will claimants certify for weekly claims for EUC?
  10. How will potentially eligible EUC claimants be notified and their claims filed?
  11. How will we determine eligibility for the EUC benefits?
  12. If EUC is payable before TRA, will the basic TRA eligibility period or the additional TRA eligibility period be lengthened?
  13. If a claimant is currently receiving TRA, do we have to suspend TRA payments and establish a EUC claim before an individual can go back on TRA?
  14. If an exhaustee with an existing benefit year was separated from employment subsequent to exhaustion but prior to the effective date of EUC, does the separation have to be adjudicated?
  15. If an individual has two qualifying benefit years on file and has exhausted the subsequent benefit year, does the individual have the option to receive EUC based on the first benefit year?
  16. What about individual who have potential UI eligibility in other states?
  17. What is the first week claimants may qualify for EUC benefits?
  18. What is the source of the EUC benefits?
  19. What will be the amount of the EUC benefits for each claimant?
  20. When a EUC claimant becomes eligible for UI, will he be required to file a UI claim?
  21. When will claimants receive the EUC benefits?
  22. Who is potentially eligible to receive the new EUC benefits?
  23. Will EUC claimants be required to register with Virginia Workforce Connection?
  24. Will employers be taxed for the EUC benefits?
  25. Will the claimant need to file a claim for the EUC benefits?

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  1. After the exhaustion of EUC, are previous TRA benefits payable?
    • It depends: for example, The claimant exhausted 26 weeks of UI benefits on a first claim and received 10 weeks of TRA. The claimant then qualified for a second UI claim, so the payment of TRA was suspended. The claimant has now exhausted the second UI claim and meets the eligibility requirements for EUC. The claimant will have a remaining TRA balance of 16 weeks. In this case, TRA entitlement is not reduced by EUC because the EUC is notattributable to the first UI benefit year on which the TRA claim was based.
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  2. Can EUC payments be used to offset overpayments of EUC or other benefit programs?
    • Yes, but only at a rate of 50% of the payable amount per week claimed.
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  3. Can an individual qualify for EUC if his most recent UI claim had a BYE date prior to May 1, 2007?
    • No. EUC cannot be paid on claims with a BYE date prior to May 1, 2007.
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  4. Does EUC entitlement exist for an individual who cannot monetarily establish a new claim but has a prior qualifying benefit year?
    • Yes. Individuals who are unable to monetarily qualify for benefitson a subsequent benefit year, and who otherwise meet the EUC requirements, will be eligible for EUC.They can be paid EUC on the prior claim past the existing BYE date.
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  5. Does an individual with a qualifying benefit year who is eligible for UI benefits on a subsequent benefit year have the option to receive EUC based on the first benefit year?
    • Yes, only if an EUC claim was already established on the prior claim and an EUC balance remains on that claim.
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  6. Does the EB work search and suitable work requirements apply to EUC?
    • No. Virginia UI law will control the receipt of EUC benefits. EUC claimants will not have to meet separate continuing eligibility requirements.
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  7. Does the individual who monetarily qualifies for a new benefit year but is ineligible to draw benefits due to the double-dip provision, qualify for EUC on the prior claim?
    • Yes. Claimants can qualify for EUC on the prior claim if the new claim is double-dip.
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  8. How does EUC entitlement affect the payment of basic TRA?
    • During the first benefit period following a TRA qualifying separation, a claimant is potentially entitled to 52 weeks of basic TRA minus regular, additional and extended compensation (including federally financed extensions). Therefore, entitlement to EUC will reduce the basic TRA entitlement. In many cases, the application of this requirement will result in an individual receiving 26 weeks of UI, 13 weeks of TEUC, followed by 13 weeks of basic TRA for a total of 52 weeks of benefits. Note: The TRA balance will be reduced by EUC paid only if the claim the EUC benefits were paid from is the UI claim that the TRA claim was based on.
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  9. How will claimants certify for weekly claims for EUC?
    • Claimants will certify weekly claims (reporting job contacts) either online at www.VaEmploy.com or by calling 1-800-897- 5630.
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  10. How will potentially eligible EUC claimants be notified and their claims filed?
    • Central office will identify potentially eligible claimants and mail them a EUC application. The application will be returned to the administrative office for processing.
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  11. How will we determine eligibility for the EUC benefits?
    • We will determine continuing eligibility for EUC benefits in the same way we determine eligibility for regular UI benefits.
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  12. If EUC is payable before TRA, will the basic TRA eligibility period or the additional TRA eligibility period be lengthened?
    • No. EUC entitlement has no effect on the determination of the period of eligibility for TRA.
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  13. If a claimant is currently receiving TRA, do we have to suspend TRA payments and establish a EUC claim before an individual can go back on TRA?
    • Yes, starting with the week beginning July 6, 2008, the TRA claim must be suspended until EUC is exhausted. TRA may be resumed at that point, but only after the TRA entitlement is reduced as explained in question #18.
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  14. If an exhaustee with an existing benefit year was separated from employment subsequent to exhaustion but prior to the effective date of EUC, does the separation have to be adjudicated?
    • Yes. Virginia law applies in this case. We must adjudicate any separation subsequent to the exhaustion of UI providing it does not occur prior to a separation from a 30-day or 240-hour employer. Example: The claimant has three separations subsequent to the exhaustion of UI. The second separation is from an employer for whom the claimant worked 30 days. In this situation, we must adjudicate the second and third separations. The first is disregarded since it occurred prior to employment with the claimant’s last 30-day or 240-hour employer.
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  15. If an individual has two qualifying benefit years on file and has exhausted the subsequent benefit year, does the individual have the option to receive EUC based on the first benefit year?
    • No. The most recently exhausted benefit year is the applicable benefit year for EUC purposes.
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  16. What about individual who have potential UI eligibility in other states?
    • We will ask claimants on the application form about wages in other states. If they answer “yes”, to that question, the EUC application will be forwarded to the Monetary Determinations Unit for the Combined Wage staff to review. If they qualify for UI in another state, they must exhaust that claim before becoming eligible for EUC.
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  17. What is the first week claimants may qualify for EUC benefits?
    • The first qualifying week for EUC benefits is the week ending July 12, 2008.
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  18. What is the source of the EUC benefits?
    • On June 30, 2008, President Bush signed an economic stimulus package, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008 that included Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits. On November 21, 2008, President Bush signed an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008.

      The economic stimulus package, signed into law by President Obama on February 16, 2009, does not provide any additional EUC benefits. It does extend the program to December 31, 2009, allowing existing and future claim filers the ability to file an EUC claim.

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  19. What will be the amount of the EUC benefits for each claimant?
    • The Act entitles eligible claimants to receive a total amount of EUC Tier I benefits equal to 80% of their regular compensation weekly benefits. Claimants will be paid a weekly amount equal to their regular Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit until the total is exhausted.

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  20. When a EUC claimant becomes eligible for UI, will he be required to file a UI claim?
    • Yes. For individuals claiming past their BYE date, the benefits systems will perform a wage check at the beginning of each quarter. Claimants who have qualifying UI wages will be required to file a new UI claim. The claimant will receive a letter informing them that they need to file a new claim.
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  21. When will claimants receive the EUC benefits?
    • Once an individual exhausts the balance, in their regular Unemployment Compensation claim.

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  22. Who is potentially eligible to receive the new EUC benefits?
    • Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is payable to individuals who (1) have exhausted all rights to regular compensation with respect to a benefit year that ended on or after May 1, 2007; and (2) have no rights to regular unemployment compensation (UI) or extended benefits (EB); and (3) are not receiving compensation under the unemployment compensation law of Canada. EUC benefits will not apply to benefit years that ended before May 1, 2007.

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  23. Will EUC claimants be required to register with Virginia Workforce Connection?
    • Yes, if an individual is required to register for work, they can go online to the /virginia-workforce-connectionVirginia Workforce Connection. They will be informed on the Monetary Determination to go online and register for work.
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  24. Will employers be taxed for the EUC benefits?
    • No. The EUC benefits will be funded entirely with federal money. Therefore, there will be no tax associated with these benefits.

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  25. Will the claimant need to file a claim for the EUC benefits?
    • Yes. All claimants will have to complete a EUC application. We will automatically mail the EUC application to the claimants for return and processing in the VEC central office.

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