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Unemployment Extension 2010

Unless Congress passes another unemployment extension, the current extended unemployment benefits program will expire on February 28.  Unemployed workers will start receiving notices from their state unemployment offices letting them know their benefits will end.  This will happen, even though benefits may be extended when Congress returns from recess on February 22, because states are required by law to inform unemployed workers of the status of their benefits.

Even though some job creation items have been stripped from the legislation, reports indicate that the  Senate will have an extension on the agenda for discussion.  The legislation, if passed, would extend the federal Extended Benefits Program, the Federal Additional Compensation (extra $25 per week) benefits, and the 65% Cobra health insurance subsidy through May 31.

The National Employment Law Project is calling on Congress pass a stand-alone unemployment insurance and COBRA extension through the end of 2010.  This is important, for several reasons.  First of all, the current proposed extension would until run through May.  Millions of workers will continue to run out of benefits throughout this year - and beyond.  Secondly, when extensions aren’t passed in a timely manner, it’s difficult for the states to process claims, and there may be delays in benefit payments for unemployed workers who can’t afford to be without a check.

Here’s how to call your Senators and Representatives to ask them to pass the UI and COBRA extensions through the end of 2010.

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Unemployment Extension 2010 originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 08:07:35.

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