Federal/State Extended Benefits

The federal Extended Benefits Program expired on December 31, 2009. No new applications for this program will be taken after December 31, 2009.

The District of Columbia has passed legislation to activate Federal/State Extended Benefits (EB) for Unemployment Insurance.

The legislation is effective with the week beginning April 5, 2009 and will be implemented the following week. The first payable week of benefits under the legislation is the week ending April 11, 2009.

Claimants who exhaust their Federal EUC08 benefits with the week ending April 04, 2009, or prior, will automatically transition to the Extended Benefits program and begin receiving extended benefits with the first payable week ending April 11, 2009.

Claimants who exhaust their Federal EUC08 benefits with week ending April 11, 2009, or later, will also automatically transition to Extended Benefits program and begin receiving extended benefits with the first payable week ending April 18, 2009.

Under the Extended Benefits (EB) program your weekly benefit amount is the same as the weekly benefit amount on your regular claim.

Stimulus Package Federal Income Tax Relief

Under current legislation, the first $2,400 of UI benefits paid in the year 2009 will be exempt from federal taxes.

COBRA (Health Benefits) Premium Reduction Fact Sheet

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. To view a fact sheet developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, click this link http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-cobra-premiumreductionEE.html. This fact sheet has been developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Washington, DC 20210. It will be made available in alternate formats upon request: Voice phone: 202.693.8664; TTY: 202.501.3911.