DLIR is launching Federal-State Extended benefits (EB) tomorrow to Hawai‘i workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The EB program kicks in after the unemployed individual received 26 weeks of state unemployment and 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. DLIR Director Anne Eustaquio said, “The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawai‘i claimants who have exhausted their current benefits and are still dealing with the long-term effects of unemployment due to COVID-19. Potentially eligible individuals will be identified and notified by mail and advised to apply for benefits online.”
Claimants must be unemployed or underemployed and be able to work and available for work. The program’s weekly benefit amount is the same as the individual received for regular state unemployment insurance. With the additional thirteen weeks, an eligible claimant may receive up to fifty-two weeks of benefits. A detailed chart explaining how to apply for EB is available at: https://labor.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/UI-EB-How-to-File20201010.pdf.