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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUMI

ISSUE DATE

April 14, 1994

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

April 30, 1995

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 21-94

 

TO

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ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

MARY ANN WYRSCH
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

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Interstate Benefit Rights and Responsibilities Video and Informational Booklet

  1. Purpose. To advise State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) that Interstate Benefit Rights and Responsibilities Informational (BRRI) video and informational booklets are scheduled for distribution.

    Text:

  2. References. ET Handbook 392; ET Handbook 399; Interstate Benefit Payment Plan.

  3. Background. Over the past few years, major changes to the procedures for handling the claims of interstate and combined wage claimants have occurred. Changes to both the interstate and intrastate claimstaking methods limit contact with claimants and opportunities for the exchange of information and questions to be answered. These evolving changes increase the need for information pertaining to claimant's rights and responsibilities to be in different and accessible mediums.

    Under an agreement with the Department of Labor, and in consultation with the Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies' Interstate Benefit Committee, the State of Washington has developed and produced an interstate BRRI video and booklet for national distribution. All States were contacted to provide information for consideration during the development of the material.

    The video has been produced in English, open captioned, and in three Spanish dialects. The informational booklet has been produced in English and Spanish (academic). All States that requested customized versions of the video, to include their specific agent State information, were accommodated.

  4. Distribution of Materials. Distribution of the videos and a camera ready copy of the English and Spanish versions of the informational booklets is scheduled for the second and third week of April 1994. The materials will be shipped to the attention of the UI Director for each State under separate cover. The number of copies of the video and language types that will be sent will be based on the quantity requested by each State's representative.

    The Employment and Training Regional Office will receive a copy of each version of the video and both booklets.

  5. Suggested Use of the Materials. It is suggested that copies of the informational booklets be distributed to all local UI offices, Job Service offices, Community Service Centers or One-Stop Service Centers, etc., where claimant contacts are made. These booklets should be included in the information provided by the agent or paying State to each individual filing an interstate or combined wage claim at the time the claim is filed. The videos should be used in providing group benefit rights information, and should also be accessible by claimants on any automated video informational system.

  6. Action Required. State Administrators are requested to make this letter available to all appropriate staff and ensure that the materials distributed are used by the State in the manner intended.

  7. Contact. Any questions should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.

  8. Attachments. None