How to File for Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Need to know how to file for emergency unemployment compensation? In the following article, I discuss how to file for emergency unemployment compensation and the things that are required of you.

Your former employer does not pay the EUE benefits they are federal funds. However, the program does have guidelines just like the regular unemployment benefits program does.

Emergency unemployment compensation can provide up to 34 additional weeks of money for you to live on, while you continue your job search.

If you live in a state such as Michigan, that has an overwhelming unemployment rate, you can receive an extra 19 weeks for a total of 53 additional weeks of benefits. Sounds good but let’s talk about some of the rules and requirements.

In order to be eligible for emergency unemployment benefits you must have made a regular unemployment claim in 2007 or later. For example: If you filed a claim for unemployment in any year between 1900 to 2006, you don’t qualify for emergency compensation.

You have to be actively seeking employment if you don’t have a job. If you are underemployed you also qualify but in both instances, you must be available to accept a full time job opportunity.

In the state of Michigan, you are required to register for work at one of your local Michigan Works Agencies.

You must upload a resume of your work history and so forth. You must do this even if your unemployment ran out last month. The emergency unemployment compensation program requires this.

You must also appear in person at your local works agency 3 business days before you call MARVIN to receive your emergency unemployment compensation. This is done to verify that you are a real person, so be sure to bring in some kind of picture identification.

The 4 Phases

Once you’re accepted into the emergency unemployment compensation program, it’s important that you understand the payment phases. The money that you receive won’t be the same amount as the regular unemployment money you received previously.

The first 20 weeks of payments will be 80% of what you received from your last unemployment claim. So if your check was for $100 you will get $80 for the first 20 weeks.

After the first 20 weeks of emergency unemployment payments, the next 14 weeks will be 54% of the money.

At the end of 14 weeks, for the next 13 weeks you will receive 50% of the money from your unemployment claim.

During the last 6 weeks of the 53, you will only get 24% of the money.

If you didn’t receive a letter from your unemployment insurance agency explaining how to file for emergency unemployment compensation or you misplaced it, you can file online at your states website.

You can also visit your local unemployment agency and make the claim there. While you are there, go ahead and upload your resume so you don’t put it off until the last minute.

Tip: Remember, you have to appear in person at your unemployment agency at least 3 business days before your scheduled call-in to receive the emergency money. That does not mean that you should wait, that means get it done before then if you want to receive your money.