Only Days Left to Replenish Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund
The April 1st deadline is fast approaching.
As a reminder, states have the option of using stimulus funds to replenish their Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. However, if the funds are replenished after April 1st, 2022, states will be subject to a maintenance of effort requirement for unemployment benefits through 2024. On its face, such language could limit the ability of states to take any action to reduce weekly unemployment benefits or reduce the number of weeks of benefits available until after 2024.
This is quite the string to attach. Who knows what the next two years will hold and whether states will want to adjust their unemployment benefits? There’s still time for lawmakers to act and avoid having their hands tied by this rule.
Read more about this issue here.