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States Reducing Benefit Duration

By March 22, 2023March 30th, 2023UI Claims, Unemployment Cost Management

On Sunday, March 26th, the NASWA team will be conducting some infrastructure maintenance on the SIDES system. This should have no impact on our clients as the NASWA team is using the maintenance window from Midnight to 6:00 am. The Thomas & Company team will monitor the system and if anything impacts you as a client, we will provide updates as necessary.

DID YOU KNOW? Some States are Reducing Benefit Duration
Historically, unemployment benefits were available for up to 26 weeks in most states. After the pandemic, a handful of states are reducing the duration of benefits by tying the maximum number of weeks to the statewide unemployment rate. Currently, there are 10 states that have a reduced duration. This is good news for employers as it limits the potential maximum liability on an unemployment claim. The states with reduced durations are:
• AL – Up to 14 weeks
• AR – Up to 16 weeks
• FL – Up to 12 weeks
• GA – Up to 14 weeks
• IA – Up to 16 weeks
• KS – Up to 16 weeks
• KY – Up to 12 weeks
• MO – Up to 20 weeks
• NC – Up to 12 weeks
• OK – Up to 16 weeks


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