State and Federal Extended Benefits
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and
State Extended Benefits (EB)
NEW - Due to an uptick in the RI unemployment rate, Rhode Island has re-qualified for Tier 4 of Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Those who have exhausted EUC Tier 3 benefits week-ending August 10, 2013 or later may now be eligible to collect Tier 4 benefits.
The Dept. of Labor and Training (DLT) will identify claimants who may be eligible for Tier 4 and notify them by mail. If you are notified, you must refile your claim online at www.dlt.ri.gov no earlier than December 8, 2013 so that the DLT can determine your eligibility for Tier 4 benefits.
To be eligible, you must be able and available to work and be actively seeking full-time work during the weeks for which you certify in December.
Tier 4 benefits are NOT available retroactively for the time between August and November, as Rhode Island did not qualify for Tier 4 benefits during that time.
Those who already collected Tier 4 benefits this year are not eligible for an additional tier of EUC benefits at this time.
2013 Budget Sequestration is now over; customers collecting EUC are no longer having their benefits cut by 12%.
As of June 16, 2012, RI no longer qualified for State Extened Benefits (EB). RI triggered off because the State Unemployment Rate falls below the threshold established regulations as set in state law. The last payable week of EB was week ending July 7, 2012.
Click here to learn about the most recent changes to both EUC and EB programs.
Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) has been extended through December 2013. There will be no interruption in EUC benefit payments expected at this time. Click here for more information on EUC.
There is now a Work Search Requirement for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - Federal law now requires EUC recipients to:
Conduct an active search for work every week.
Maintain a detailed record of their employer contacts.
Provide their work search records to the state upon request.
Individuals’ work search records will be randomly selected to ensure that EUC recipients are meeting the state’s work search requirements.
IMPORTANT: State law requires claimants to make a minimum of three work contacts each week. Click here to access the EUC Work Search Form.
Reemployment and Eligibility Assessments (EUC/REA) for all claimants filing for EUC Tier I or transitioning into Tier II.
Federal law now requires UI claimants who file for EUC Tier I or transition into Tier II to attend a scheduled EUC/REA Orientation. These individuals will receive a letter with the following information.
- Orientation date, time and location will be indicated on EUC/REA letter mailed to the claimant.
- Instructions to complete and submit work search log at the orientation.
- Instructions to complete and submit an Eligibility Review Plan (ERP) at the orientation.
This orientation requirement is mandatory. Failure to report to a scheduled EUC/REA Orientation will result in an interruption in your unemployment insurance benefits payments.
Frequently Asked Questions about EUC