1. I'm currently receiving regular, state-funded unemployment benefits.
Will my weekly benefit amount (WBA) change on June 30, 2013?
No. The new law that changes the benefit amount does not take effect until
June 30, 2013
and only those new claims filed on or after June 30, 2013
will be affected.
No current unemployment claims supported by state funds will experience a reduction of
an already established weekly benefit amount. However, new claims filed on or after
June 30, 2013 will be subject to a maximum weekly benefit amount of $350.
2. If I'm currently receiving benefits, will my duration change on June 30, 2013?
No. Only those new claims filed on or after June 30, 2013 will be affected.
3. I've already served a one-week waiting period. If I go back to work for a period
of time and get laid off again, will I have to serve another waiting week?
No. Claimants who filed prior to June 30, 2013 and established benefit years before that
date will serve only one waiting week as required under current law. Effective June 30, 2013,
each claimant will be required to serve a one-week waiting period for each new claim filed.
4. How much can I earn outside of my weekly benefit payment and still get my maximum weekly
Effective with claims filed on or after June 30, 2013, this calculation will be changed to
20 percent of the weekly benefit amount. For example, if you are designated to receive the
maximum weekly benefit amount of $350, your earnings allowance will be $70 per week.
5. If I'm unemployed from a part-time job do I have to accept full-time work?
Yes. The new legislation, which takes effect June 30, 2013, eliminates the part-time suitable
work exception. Part-time work may still be suitable work under the new law if it meets the
criteria for suitable work. Under current law, if an individual is unemployed from a part-time
job, the individual may not be required to accept full-time employment.
6. What is considered suitable work?
The determination of whether an employment offer is suitable will vary based upon the
individuals length of unemployment. After the 10th week of a benefit period, any employment
offer paying 120 percent of the individuals weekly benefit amount will be considered suitable
work. For weeks 1 through 10 of the benefit period, virtually all of the current criteria for
suitable work will be applied. Also, the individual must now be willing to accept full-time
employment, beginning week 1, even though the individual customarily works part-time.
7. If I'm attending school, does that offset receipt of severance pay?
No. It will be treated in the same manner as other separation pay. The new law does not
provide for the waiver of severance pay due to the claimants school attendance.
8. How does the new law affect attached claims my employer may file for me?
For all attached claims filed on or after June 30, 2013, an employer may only file one
attached claim per employee during the employees benefit year. This attached claim is
limited to a maximum duration of six weeks. If an employee has a weekly benefit amount
established prior to June 30, 2013, that weekly benefit amount will not change even though
all the other provisions of the new attached claim law will apply. If there is no established
weekly benefit amount, one will be computed using the new laws calculations. A one-week
waiting period must be served for any attached claim filed on or after June 30, 2013.