2013-04-11 / Community

Emergency unemployment benefits to end this week

LANSING – The U.S. Department of Labor recently notified the State of Michigan that Tier 4 of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will end as Michigan’s jobless numbers are below the level required by federal law to continue Tier 4 of the program.

As a result, week ending April 13, will be the last week in which Michigan EUC claimants can exhaust Tier 3 benefits and still establish a Tier 4 claim. Under the new provisions, claimants currently receiving EUC Tier 4 benefits can continue to receive any remaining entitlement they have in Tier 4 until it is exhausted through December 28, provided they are otherwise eligible. Those who exhaust their Tier 3 EUC benefits after April 13, will be unable to collect any Tier 4 benefits.

The UIA is in the process of notifying claimants affected by this change. Additionally, the UIA continues to partner with Michigan Works! Service Centers to offer valuable re-employment, training and educational opportunities and to provide resource information to claimants regarding other available state resource programs including training and educational opportunities, as well as other supportive services that may be available.

For additional information regarding the EUC program, claimants may contact the UIA in the following ways:

• Visit the UIA website at www.michigan.gov/uia to review EUC program updates or to submit an inquiry to the Agency’s Virtual Problem Resolution (ViPR) agents who are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Call the UIA Emergency Unemployment Compensation hotline, (800) 638-3995 for prerecorded updates to EUC program information.

• Call the UIA Customer Service Line at (866) 500-0017. Customer Service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Visit a UIA Problem Resolution Office for in-person assistance. There are 15 PROs statewide. Visit the UIA website at www.michigan.gov/uia for a list of locations and hours of operation.

Due to potentially high call volumes, and wait times in offices, the Agency recommends customers interact with its ViPR agents through an online claim web account. To register for an online claim web account, visit www.michigan.gov/uia and select “UIA Online Services for Unemployed Workers.”

Those who have exhausted unemployment benefits can find additional resources for health care, family support, housing, and more, by visiting http:// www.michigan.gov/helpinghand. Unemployed workers should also visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at http:www.mitalent.org to obtain information regarding job and training opportunities.

Quick Facts

Emergency Unemployment Compensation will end this week in Michigan.

The program was ended because the state no longer qualifies for Tier 4 benefits under federal law.

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