H.R.291 - Unemployment Supplemental Assistance Act
To provide for certain temporary additional unemployment benefits.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS.
(a) Federal-State Agreements- Any State which desires to do so may enter into and participate in an agreement under this section with the Secretary of Labor (hereinafter in this section referred to as the ‘Secretary’). Any State which is a party to an agreement under this section may, upon providing 30 days’ written notice to the Secretary, terminate such agreement.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION- Any agreement under this section shall provide that the State agency of the State will make payments of regular compensation to individuals in amounts and to the extent that they would be determined if the State law of the State were applied, with respect to any week for which the individual is (disregarding this section) otherwise entitled under the State law to receive regular compensation, as if such State law had been modified in a manner such that the amount of regular compensation (including dependents’ allowances) payable for any week shall be equal to the amount determined under the State law (before the application of this paragraph) plus an additional $50.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Nonreduction Rule- An agreement under this section shall not apply (or shall cease to apply) with respect to a State upon a determination by the Secretary that the method governing the computation of regular compensation under the State law of that State has been modified in a manner such that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the average weekly benefit amount of regular compensation which will be payable during the period of the agreement (determined disregarding any additional amounts attributable to the modification described in subsection (b)(1)) will be less thanCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the average weekly benefit amount of regular compensation which would otherwise have been payable during such period under the State law, as in effect on December 31, 2008.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) TERMS OF PAYMENTS- Sums payable to any State by reason of such State’s having an agreement under this section shall be payable, either in advance or by way of reimbursement (as determined by the Secretary), in such amounts as the Secretary estimates the State will be entitled to receive under this section for each calendar month, reduced or increased, as the case may be, by any amount by which the Secretary finds that his estimates for any prior calendar month were greater or less than the amounts which should have been paid to the State. Such estimates may be made on the basis of such statistical, sampling, or other method as may be agreed upon by the Secretary and the State agency of the State involved.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) CERTIFICATIONS- The Secretary shall from time to time certify to the Secretary of the Treasury for payment to each State the sums payable to such State under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) APPROPRIATION- There are appropriated from the general fund of the Treasury, without fiscal year limitation, such sums as may be necessary for purposes of this subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) TRANSITION RULE FOR INDIVIDUALS REMAINING ENTITLED TO REGULAR COMPENSATION AS OF JANUARY 1, 2010- In the case of any individual who, as of the date specified in paragraph (1)(B), has not yet exhausted all rights to regular compensation under the State law of a State with respect to a benefit year that began before such date, additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) shall continue to be payable to such individual for any week beginning on or after such date for which the individual is otherwise eligible for regular compensation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) TERMINATION- Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, no additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) shall be payable for any week beginning after June 30, 2010.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Fraud and Overpayments- The provisions of section 4005 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (
(1) IN GENERAL- Each agreement under this section shall include provisions to provide that the purposes of the preceding provisions of this section shall be applied with respect to unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) to the same extent and in the same manner as if those benefits were regular compensation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) shall not be payable, pursuant to this subsection, with respect to any unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) for any week beginning on or after the date specified in subsection (e)(1)(B), except in the case of an individual who was eligible to receive additional compensation (as so described) in connection with any regular compensation or any unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) for any period of unemployment ending before such date; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the terms ‘compensation’, ‘regulation compensation’, ‘benefit year’, ‘State’, ‘State agency’, ‘State law’, and ‘week’ have the respective meanings given such terms under section 205 of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 (
(2) the term ‘emergency unemployment compensation’ means emergency unemployment compensation under title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (
(B) unemployment compensation (as defined by section 85(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) provided under any program administered by a State under an agreement with the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink