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IMPORTANT NOTICE from the Office of Kentucky Unemployment:
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will be available through 2013.
The President has signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that includes the EUC extension. The legislation authorizes up to 37 weeks of EUC benefits for individuals who have exhausted their regular benefits (which last up to 26 weeks). The new law did not increase or decrease the number of weeks available. If you had not received all of your EUC benefits before Dec. 29, 2012, then you may continue to claim EUC until you run out. If you run out of regular benefits after Dec. 29, 2012, and you still meet eligibility requirements, you may apply for and claim EUC benefits. If you have already received all of the EUC benefits for which you were eligible, the new legislation does not grant you additional weeks of benefits. Please check out http://www.oet.ky.gov for more info
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) objects to one-week extension of unemployment benefits , suggesting instead that the Senate take up the bipartisan jobs proposal unveiled earlier in the day by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which includes extensions of unemployment insurance and COBRA subsidies.
"Now, I know my friend and colleague is going to offer some scaled-down version of that shortly, but if we offered instead the Grassley-Baucus amendment, which was filed earlier today, that would include the unemployment extension," said McConnell.
Reid did not accept McConnell’s suggestion — he had already rejected the Grassley-Baucus jobs proposal.
"Let me just add that unemployment insurance does not expire until February the 28th," said McConnell. "We’ll be back on the 22nd and hopefully we’ll have sufficient time to work on an acceptable extension."
Judy Conti, a lobbyist for the National Employment Law Project, doesn’t even want a one-week extension. She said a one-week extension would lead to more brinkmanship in Congress and chaos in unemployment agencies — not to mention anxiety for benefits recipients.
Kentucky unemployment benefits extended into 2010
The latest extension is good news for the 10.6% of Kentuckians who are out of work. Unemployment benefits set to expire Dec. 31 will continue into next year, keeping more than 32,000 Kentuckians from losing benefits, Gov. Beshear announced Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed legislation Dec. 19 extending the filing deadline for the federally funded jobless benefits from Dec. 31, 2009 to Feb. 28, 2010. The measure also continues the extra $25 a week benefits approved in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Last week Gov. Beshear sent letters to members of Kentuckyâ€™s Congressional delegation urging them to back any measure designed to further provide a temporary extension of certain unemployment benefits. â€œThis extension comes in the nick of time as many Kentuckians are exhausting their benefits and struggling to put food on the table and pay their bills,â€ said Gov. Beshear. â€œI applaud Congress and President Obama for recognizing this critical need and will continue to advocate for Kentuckyâ€™s unemployed workers during these challenging times.â€
Under the new law, people receiving unemployment benefits will continue to be enrolled in the next available benefit program through the end of February. Claimants do not have to apply for the extension. Those who are eligible will automatically continue to receive benefits as long as they keep filing weekly unemployment claims.
Kentuckyâ€™s Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Commonwealthâ€™s 10 local workforce investment boards remain committed to providing work search assistance, training and other employment services to unemployed Kentuckians. For more information, go to www.oet.ky.gov.Newer Posts »