Unemployment Insurance Notices
Thanksgiving - Offices Closed
Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2013, in observance of Thanksgiving. Processing of unemployment claims and payments will be delayed at least one business day due to this State and banking holiday. Unemployment payments released on Thursday to a debit card will not be posted until Friday, November 29, 2013 after 5:30 p.m.
Mandatory Reductions to Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Payments will NOT be made for Four Specific Weeks
Missourians currently receiving benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will not receive benefits for the claim weeks ending June 1, July 27, September 21 and November 16, 2013, as a result of federal sequestration. The week ending November 16, 2013 was added as a result of the new federal budget year that begins October 1, 2013.
This sequestration reduction will NOT affect any claimants who are on the first 20 weeks of Missouri state-funded unemployment insurance benefits.
Example of how the four non-paid weeks will impact EUC claimants:
Steve files his EUC weekly request for payment on Sunday, June 2. Because of the federal budget cuts, the weekly benefit payment Steve normally would have received the week of June 4 will not be deposited into his account (Steve’s total EUC account balance will be reduced by one week’s worth of benefits). If Steve continues to file his weekly request for payment following this week, benefits will resume as usual.
In order to remain eligible for EUC benefits and avoid possible delays in payments, claimants are encouraged to continue to file their claim during the aforementioned weeks. This reduction in EUC benefits is mandated by federal law and cannot be reversed under any circumstance and does not provide appeal rights.
EUC is a temporary federal program created in 2008 to assist individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. Currently in Missouri, this federal EUC program provides up to an additional 21.6 weeks of benefits for qualifying individuals.
The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) requires that all EUC benefit payments for the period March 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013 must be reduced by 10.7 percent to achieve the required level of savings. The Missouri Division of Employment Security estimates that having three non-paid weeks of EUC benefits will result in a reduction of approximately $15 million in benefits paid (10.7%), and will meet the sequestration requirements.
A reduction is also required for the new federal budget year that begins October 1, 2013. The USDOL has designated the week ending November 16, 2013 as an additional non-paid week.
Nationwide, the EUC program is set to expire in December 2013.
The Division is committed to keeping claimants and customers informed of all developments regarding the situation. To stay updated on this topic or on unemployment information, subscribe to our email service and select “Federal Unemployment Benefits” under the Unemployed category. If you need assistance with childcare, healthcare, utility relief, mortgage payments and more, please visit our list of free public programs.
1099-G Tax Form
Those receiving unemployment benefits must report the amount of payments received during the calendar year on their state and federal income tax returns. The federal Form 1099-G contains this benefit information. The federal Form 1099-G for 2012 now is available for viewing and printing from the Online Claims Application. The federal Form 1099-G will be sent to those who received unemployment benefits during 2012 after the middle of January 2013. Questions about your federal Form 1099-G? Email firstname.lastname@example.org