Monday, April 5, 2010

Unemployment Compensation Set to Expire Today

Federally funded emergency unemployment compensation programs begin phasing out today, April 5, 2010. As CNN reports:
"Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension."
COBRA premium reductions benefits are likewise set to expire today.

Of importance to Pennsylvanians receiving Unemployment Compensation, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry announced:
"Benefit payments will continue without interruption if Congress acts quickly to extend the program when it returns on April 12. If there are any benefit changes as result of the new legislation being considered by Congress, the department will notify the affected individuals."
So the ball's back in Congress's court when they return on April 12. The Pennsylvania DLI offers information regarding the phase-out of EUC/EB*, here.

*Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), and Extended Benefits (EB).

Posted by Philip Miles, an employment lawyer with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania.