EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION
ADVISORY SYSTEM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

OWS

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

OIS/DUO

ISSUE DATE

July 5, 2002

RESCISSIONS

UIPL 17-02; UIPL 17-02, Change 1; UIPL 18-02; UIPL 18-02, Change 1

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

ADVISORY

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 30-02

 

TO

:

ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

GRACE A. KILBANE
Administrator
Office of Workforce Security

 

SUBJECT

:

Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Act of 2002

  1. Purpose. To provide State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) with a consolidated document of the instructions for implementing and operating the TEUC program, including fiscal and reporting instructions and to clarify certain matters.

  2. References. Title II of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 (The Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002), Public Law 107-147, signed by the President on March 9, 2002; Section 205 of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, as amended; Section 233 of the Trade Act of 1974; 20 CFR Part 615; ET Handbook No. 401; ET Handbook No. 410.

  3. Summary The TEUC program provides up to 13 weeks of 100 percent federally financed benefits in all states and up to an additional 13 weeks in states that are in an Extended Benefit (EB) period or would be in an EB period using a 4% insured unemployment rate trigger.

    TEUC is payable to individuals who (1) filed an initial (new or additional) claim that was effective during or after the week of March 15, 2001; and (2) have exhausted regular benefits or have no benefit rights due to expiration of a benefit year ending during or after the week of March 15, 2001; and (3) have no rights to regular or extended benefits under any state or federal law; and (4) are not receiving benefits under Canadian law. However, the Governor of a state may elect to pay TEUC in lieu of Extended Benefits.

    In general, in order to qualify for TEUC, individuals must have had employment of 20 weeks of work, or the equivalent in wages, in their base periods. Continuing eligibility is determined under the requirements of the state law.

    TEUC is administered through voluntary agreements between states and the Department of Labor. TEUC is payable in a state the week following the week in which an agreement is signed. The first week for which benefits may be paid is the week beginning March 10, 2002. The last week for which benefits are payable is the week ending December 28, 2002 (December 29, 2002 for New York).

    SWAs are required to submit a separate financial status report (Standard Form 269) for administrative grants and costs associated with the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program.

  4. Policy. This document furnishes information about the TEUC program and provides the Department's interpretation of the TEUC Act. It also sets forth operating instructions of the Department of Labor to guide states in implementing and administering the TEUC program.

    The instructions in this document are issued to the states and cooperating state agencies as guidance provided by the Department of Labor in its role as the principal in the TEUC program. As agents of the United States, the states and cooperating state agencies may not vary from the operating instructions in the document without the prior approval of the Department. The interpretations, policies, and procedures issued in this document supercede those previously issued as UIPL 17-02, UIPL 17-02, Change 1, UIPL 18-02 and UIPL 18-02, Change 1.

  5. Summary of Changes. This document contains the following changes to previously issued procedures:

  6. Action Required. Administrators are requested to provide this information and instructions to the appropriate staff.

  7. Inquiries. Direct questions to the appropriate Regional Office.

  8. Attachments:
    Implementing and Operating Instructions for the TEUC Program