Does Pa Have EUC Benefits ?
In Pennsylvania, a claimant seeking Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits in Pennsylvania must meet the following requirements:
Unemployed claimants who are not eligible for regular UC from Pennsylvania, another state, the federal government or Canada may be eligible for EUC.
Eligibility requirements for receipt of regular UC are also applicable to EUC. for example, a claimant must be at least partially unemployed, able and available for suitable work, not disqualified for voluntarily leaving work, and not discharged for willful misconduct.
A claimant must also meet the following:
Had a regular UC claim with a benefit year that ended on or after May 1, 2007, OR currently have a regular UC claim on which the claimant received the maximum amount of benefits.
Be legally authorized to work in the United States if the claimant is an alien.
Have total base year wages that are equal to or greater than 1 1/2 times the amount of wages in the claimant's highest quarter of the base year.
Section 4001(d)(2)(A) of the Emergency Unemployment Act of 2008 (Act), provides:
(a) that an individual shall not be eligible for emergency unemployment compensation under this title unless, in the base period with respect to which the individual exhausted all rights to regular compensation under the State law, the individual had 20 weeks of full-time insured employment or the equivalent in insured wages, as determined under the provisions of the state law implementing Section 202(a)(5) of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970. 26 U.S.C. 3304 Note.
Section 403-A(i) of the Law, 43 P.S. 813, provides:
Notwithstanding subsection (a)(2) an individual shall not be eligible for extended benefits unless, in the base year with respect to which the individual exhausted all rights to regular benefits under the State law, the individual had wages equal to at least one and one-half times the individual's highest quarterly wage.
Therefore, in order to qualify for EUC benefits, Claimant must have wages at least equal to one and one-half times his highest quarterly wage.