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Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Update - Unemployment Insurance Claimants


IMPORTANT NOTICE - July 23, 2010

The United States Congress has extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program until November 30, 2010. The extension does not include any additional weeks of EUC benefits for claimants who have exhausted all entitlement to EUC benefits.

With the extension, claimants who will exhaust their first 26 weeks of Maryland unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through the claim week ending November 20, 2010, will now be eligible to file for EUC benefits. Claimants will receive notification in the mail that they are eligible to file for these benefits. Claimants who are currently receiving EUC benefits will continue to receive them at this time.

Claimants who had exhausted their first 26 weeks of Maryland benefits on or after the claim week ending May 29, 2010, who had filed initial claims for EUC benefits had been notified that their claims were being held pending reauthorization of the EUC Program. These claims will be processed beginning July 23, 2010. There are over 8,000 of these claims. Payments will be made for any back weeks for which the claimants had filed timely continued claims as long as they are otherwise eligible. Due to the large volume of these claims, it is anticipated that it will take up to four weeks before payments are made on all claims. Check Payment Information by phone via Telecert or on the internet via Webcert for the date that payment is made.

Claimants whose EUC benefits were suspended as they had received either 20 weeks of EUC benefits or 34 weeks of EUC benefits, will have their benefits reinstated. These claimants had received notification of the suspension and were instructed to continue to file their continued claims (Webcert or Telecert). Benefits for all back weeks for which the claimants were otherwise eligible should be paid by July 29, 2010.

We will provide updated information concerning the continuing extension of the EUC Program, as information becomes available.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is committed to ensuring that claimants receive all benefits to which you are due.

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