Additional temporary benefit increase.
(1) Except as provided for in subsection (3) of this section, for claims with an effective date on or after March 6, 2011, and before November 6, 2011, an individual's weekly benefit amount shall be the amount established under RCW 50.20.120 plus an additional temporary benefit increase of twenty-five dollars. The weekly benefit amount under this section:
(a) Is payable for all weeks of regular, extended, emergency, supplemental, or additional benefits on that claim;
(b) Shall increase the maximum benefits payable to the individual under RCW 50.20.120(1) by a corresponding dollar amount; and
(c) Shall increase the maximum amount payable weekly and the minimum amount payable weekly, irrespective of the provisions of RCW 50.20.120(3).
(2) Payment of benefits to individuals whose weekly benefit amounts are increased under this section shall be subject to the same terms and conditions under this title that apply to the payment of benefits to individuals whose benefit amounts are established under RCW 50.20.120.
(3) The department must calculate the total amount of temporary benefit increases paid under subsection (1) of this section.
(a) In calculating the total amount of temporary benefit increases, weeks of emergency unemployment compensation and extended benefits shall not be considered.
(b) Except as provided for in (c) of this subsection, when the total amount of temporary benefit increases for all weeks equals sixty-eight million dollars, the temporary benefit increase under subsection (1) of this section may not be paid for any additional weeks. An individual's maximum benefits payable, maximum amount payable weekly, or the minimum amount payable weekly must be adjusted accordingly.
(c) An individual receiving emergency unemployment compensation or extended benefits under this section shall continue to receive the temporary benefit increase for all weeks of emergency unemployment compensation or extended benefits.
[2011 c 4 § 1.]
| Effective date -- 2011 c 4 §§ 1-6 and 16-21: "Sections 1 through 6 and 16 through 21 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and take effect immediately [February 11, 2011]." [2011 c 4 § 26.]|
Conflict with federal requirements -- 2011 c 4: "*If any part of this act is found to be in conflict with federal requirements that are a prescribed condition to the allocation of federal funds to the state or the eligibility of employers in this state for federal unemployment tax credits, the conflicting part of this act is inoperative solely to the extent of the conflict, and the finding or determination does not affect the operation of the remainder of this act. Rules adopted under this act must meet federal requirements that are a necessary condition to the receipt of federal funds by the state or the granting of federal unemployment tax credits to employers in this state." [2011 c 4 § 20.]
*Reviser's note: See 2011 c 4 § 21 (uncodified), following this note.
Conflict with federal requirements -- 2011 c 4: "In determining under section 20 of this act which if any part of this act is in conflict with federal requirements that are a prescribed condition to the allocation of federal funds to the state or the eligibility of employers in the state for federal unemployment tax credits, the commissioner of the Washington state employment security department shall have full and complete authority and discretion to determine the extent of the conflict and to determine which provisions of this act shall be inoperative and which shall remain in effect in order to remedy the conflict with federal requirements." [2011 c 4 § 21.]