Help for people who have exhausted jobless aid

The Maui News

Hawaii residents who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits will be helped by the Federal-State Extended Benefits program that took effect Tuesday.

The program kicks in after an unemployed individual exhausts 26 weeks of state unemployment and the 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

“The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawaii claimants who have exhausted their current benefits and are still dealing with the long-term effects of unemployment due to COVID-19,” said Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anne Eustaquio. “Potentially eligible individuals will be identified and notified by mail and advised to apply for benefits online.”

Claimants must be unemployed or underemployed and be able to work and available for work. The program’s weekly benefit amount is the same as the individual received for regular state unemployment insurance. With the additional 13 weeks, an eligible claimant may receive up to 52 weeks of benefits.

A detailed chart explaining how to apply for extended benefits can be found at labor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/UI-EB-How-to-File20201010.pdf.

The permanent Federal-State Extended Benefits program provides support in the states where the unemployment situation has worsened dramatically. The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides full federal funding for extended benefits through the end of the year. 

For more information about unemployment insurance and other labor issues, view the FAQs at labor.hawaii.gov/covid-19-labor-faqs/.


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