This change does not affect those claimants on EUC Tier I prior to September 2, 2012. Those individuals who established a EUC Tier I claim prior to September 2, 2012 will be eligible to receive their full EUC Tier I entitlement up through December 31, 2013 or until exhaustion, whichever comes first.
With the change to EUC Tier I effective 9-2-12, this means that Virginia's UI and EUC combined entitlement will be reduced from a maximum of 46 weeks to a maximum of 40 weeks.
Under current federal law, there would be no more benefits paid under any Tier of EUC after December 31, 2013. After that date, Virginia would only be able to provide benefits under the regular UI program (up to 26 weeks).
On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630). This federal legislation extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits through December 2012 with the last week payable as the week ending December 29, 2012. The legislation does NOT include any additional weeks of benefits, but, it does extend the current filing deadlines. All federal extension benefits will cease, no matter where individuals are in the process, with the week ending December 29, 2012.
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The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act also contained the requirement that the VEC provide reemployment services to all claimants who move onto Tier I or Tier II benefits after March 23, 2012.
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