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January 1992, Vol. 115, No. 1
N ear year's end, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 1991 (Public Law 102-164), as amended by Public Law 102-182, created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program. This program will provide 13 or 20 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to claimants who have exhausted their regular, extended, or additional benefits under any State law. Also as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act was amended to permit States to pay benefits between school years and terms to certain noninstructional, nonresearch, or nonadministrative school employees. Finally, the 13-week duration of benefits and the 4-week waiting period stipulations that pertained to ex-service members were deleted. Therefore, the weeks of benefits that an ex-service member may receive and the waiting period that he or she will be required to serve will be determined by the State in which he or she is collecting benefits.
Four States took action in 1991 to improve or temporarily extend additional unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular benefits and who are ineligible for Federal-State Extended Benefits. New Jersey enacted an emergency unemployment benefits program that will pay 25 percent of the regular weeks benefits until March 28, 1992. Maine and Oregon legislated temporary extended benefit programs that provide supplemental benefits until 1994 to dislocated workers who participate in retraining programs. The State of Washington enacted a temporary additional benefits program, effective until 1993, that will provide additional benefits to workers in the timber industry. In addition, Washington established a temporary "natural resources" worker project to provide employment and training opportunities for dislocated forest product workers.
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