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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is EUC08?
A. Emergency Unemployment Compensation 08 (EUC08) is a federally funded program that provides payments to unemployed individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment with respect to a benefit year that ended May 1, 2007 or later.

Q. What is the first payable week of EUC08 benefits in the District of Columbia?
A. The first week of EUC08 that may be paid is the week ending July 12, 2008.

Q. What does a claimant have to do to initially apply for benefits?
A. On July 21, 2008, the agency began mailing notices to potentially eligible claimants with information and instructions on filing for EUC08.

Q. If a claimant thinks that they are eligible but did not receive a notice, what should they do?
A. The claimant should call the agency’s Call Center at (202) 724-7000 or 1 (877) 319-7346.

Q. Who is eligible for EUC08?
A. Unemployed claimants who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Compensation from the District of Columbia, another state, the federal government or Canada may be eligible for EUC08.

Q. How much EUC08 may a claimant receive?
A. A claimant’s EUC08 weekly benefit amount will be the same as the claimant’s most recent regular unemployment compensation amount.

If a claimant is otherwise eligible they may receive:

Tier 1 __ 20 weeks
Tier 2 __ 14 weeks
Tier 3 __ 13 weeks
Tier 4 __ 6 weeks


Q. Is a claimant required to establish a new claim with a lower weekly benefit amount than the EUC08 weekly benefit amount?
A. If a claimant re-qualifies for regular benefits while receiving EUC08, the claimant no longer qualifies for EUC08. He or she must claim regular benefits even if the regular weekly benefit amount is lower than the EUC08 weekly amount.

Q. How is EUC08 paid?
A. EUC08 is paid either by direct deposit or check. If a claimant has already signed up to receive benefits by direct deposit, and has had regular benefits directly deposited within the last 30 days, EUC08 payments also will be deposited directly into the claimant’s bank account without the need to submit a new direct deposit application. If the claimant signed up for direct deposit, but has not had regular benefits directly deposited within the last 30 days, a new direct deposit application must be submitted. You can request direct deposit when you file for extended benefits.

Q. Are District employers being charged for EUC08 payments?
A. No. EUC08 is completely funded by the Federal Government.

Q. When does the EUC08 Program expire?
A. On March 2, 2010, The United States Congress extended the period during which individuals may file applications for Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC08) to April 5, 2010. The period during which individuals may claim and be paid EUC08 has been extended to September 4, 2010.

Q. If a claimant is currently filing for regular benefits, does the claimant have to file an application for EUC08 after he or she has collected the maximum amount of benefits available?
A. Yes. An EUC08 application will be mailed. If the claimant is monetarily eligible for EUC08 and remains partially or totally unemployed, the claimant may continue to file weekly certifications as he or she did for regular benefits.

Q. What if a claimant is currently receiving UI benefits on an EUC08 Tier?
A. Claimants currently receiving benefits on Tiers 1, 2, or 3 must exhaust their Tier of EUC08 on or before the week ending April 4, 2010 in order to qualify for the next Tier of EUC08. Claimants must continue to certify in order to receive benefits. These benefits can be collected until the week ending September 4, 2010, or until a “zero” balance is reached, whichever occurs first.

Q. What if a claimant has never received UI benefits on an EUC08 Tier?
A. In order for a claimant to qualify initially for EUC08 benefits, all Regular UI benefits must be exhausted on or before the week ending March 27, 2010. Claimants who qualify for this Federal program will be notified by mail of their eligibility and next steps.

Q. What if a claimant has benefit weeks remaining under the federal Extended Benefits (EB) Program?
A. We will automatically send to claimants who have available weeks under EB, an EB pay order when he or she exhausts EUC08 Tier 4. This pay order will show the EB balance. To maintain eligibility to receive EB benefits, claimants MUST submit Work Search information each week. Work Search information can be supplied online or it may be submitted by mailing in a completed weekly claim form. For those claimants who qualify, but have never claimed EB, a monetary determination and an EB pay order will be sent in the mail.

Q. What if a claimant has benefit weeks remaining under the local Additional Benefits (AB) Program?
A. The local Additional Benefits program expired on November 6, 2009 when President Obama signed the extension for EUC08. AB program benefits are no longer available.

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