Uncategorized Congress reauthorizes Fed Unemployment Extensions through May

Congress reauthorizes Fed Unemployment Extensions through May

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Congress has approved legislation to keep federal funds intact for five unemployment extensions through June 2, 2010. Those who did not recieve benefits during the two week gap between the expirations and passage of this legislation will have their funds restored.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) noted in a press release that eligible Hoosiers who did not have a voucher available last week due to the expiration of the federal extensions will find vouchers for last week and this week on Uplink, DWD’s online unemployment filing system, beginning April 18.

According to the United States Department of Labor:

Extended Benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when a State is experiencing high unemployment. Some States have also enacted a voluntary program to pay up to 7 additional weeks (20 weeks maximum) of Extended Benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment.

Debate continues on the U.S. Senate floor to extend coverage through the remainder of 2010.

Read more in the news at:

Evansville Courier & Press

The New York Times