AWI Issues Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines for Unemployment Compensation Programs (11/09/2010)

For Immediate Release 
November 9, 2010

Contact:
AWI Communications Office
(850) 245-7130

AWI Issues Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines for 
Unemployment Compensation Programs


TALLAHASSEE – The Agency for Workforce Innovation today issued a reminder to unemployment compensation customers of upcoming dates that may impact their claims.  Under current law, the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), Extended Benefits (EB) and Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) programs will conclude over the next several weeks.

Initial state unemployment claims, which include up to 26 weeks of benefits at a maximum of $275 per week in Florida, are not affected by the upcoming expiration of the extensions. 

EUC Program

In order to receive additional weeks of unemployment compensation available through the federal EUC program, beneficiaries must exhaust their regular state claim by November 20, 2010.  More information about dates impacting individual tiers of benefits in the EUC program is available on the agency’s Hot Topics webpage at http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/hottopics.html.

EB Program

The EB program, which provides additional compensation to beneficiaries who have exhausted all EUC to which they are entitled, ends December 4, 2010.  Due to federal funding limitations, EB will not be paid for any weeks of unemployment after the week ending December 4. This includes EB accounts that may have a balance remaining.  More information on important dates related to the EB program is available on the agency’s Hot Topics webpage at http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/hottopics.html.  

FAC Program

Customers should also be aware that the final week for payments of FAC – the extra $25 a week available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – will be the week ending December 11, 2010.  FAC payments have been received as separate checks or Electronic Funds Transfers. 

Extended Holiday Hours

Customers with questions about their claims are encouraged to visit the agency’s website at www.floridajobs.org or call AWI’s Unemployment Compensation Hotline at 1-800-204-2418.

The hotline will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, including Veteran’s Day and the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Customers who must contact AWI by phone are encouraged to call Wednesday-Saturday if possible.  There is virtually no wait time on Saturdays.

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