Comp Forms Mailed
LANSING — As of July 14, the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency had finished mailing applications for the new federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to some 212,000 Michigan workers who had exhausted their state unemployment benefits.
“UIA began mailing EUC applications last week to those it had identified in its data base as being potentially eligible for these federal jobless benefits,” Keith Cooley, director of the Department of Labor & Economic Growth, said. “The last of those applications were mailed (July 14).”
Those who potentially qualify for EUC benefits must:
- Not currently be working full-time.
- Have a benefit year that ended after May 1, 2007.
- Have exhausted their unemployment benefits, or their benefit year has ended and a new claim cannot be established.
Unemployed workers who are receiving regular state unemployment benefits will be mailed instructions and an application as they near the end of their state unemployment claim.
The EUC program offers up to 13 weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits — half the number of weeks on the individual’s most recent unemployment claim. The amount of weekly benefits will be the same as what the individual received on his or her most recent state unemployment claim.
The first week for which EUC benefits could have been paid is the week of July 7. UIA began issuing benefit payments the week of July 21. Workers who do not receive an application and believe they are eligible for the benefits can call the agency to inquire about their possible eligibility for the federal EUC benefits. Individuals should call the agency’s toll-free claims line, (866) 500-0017, and select option No. 3.
Cooley said that unemployed workers will also need to register for work or update their resumes either online at www.michiganworks.org or in person at their nearest Michigan Works Agency office. In either case, workers will need to report in person at a Michigan Works office at least two to three business days before their first call to UIA’s MARVIN system to ensure that their information is electronically transmitted to the UIA.
The EUC program will continue to accept EUC claims until March 28, 2009. No payments for EUC benefits will be made for any week ending after July 4, 2009.