Regulation governing Combined Wage Claims filed under the Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program was amended by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Beginning January 6, 2009, the definition of “Paying State”, when filing a Combined-Wage Claim, will be changed as follows:
Federal Register Part 616 Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages:
Section 616.6 Definitions: (e) Paying State, A single state against which the claimant files a Combined-Wage Claim, if the claimant has wages and employment in that State’s base period(s) and the claimant qualifies for unemployment benefits under the unemployment compensation law of that State using combined wages and employment.
All states must comply with this amended regulation.
How This May Affect You
In order to file a Combined-Wage Claim, you must have employment and earned wages in a ‘Paying State’ during the base period.
To file a Combined-Wage Claim with the District of Columbia as the ‘Paying State’, you must have worked and earned wages in the District of Columbia base period(s), as well as that of another state, prior to filing.
Effective January 11, 2009, you will not be eligible to file a Combined-Wage Claim with the District of Columbia if you do not meet the new requirements. Additionally, even if you had previously filed a Combined-Wage Claim with DC, you must now meet the new requirements for any new Combined-Wage Claim opened on or after January 11, 2009.