DOL Clarifies Executive Order Extending Unemployment Compensation

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified the effect of President Donald Trump’s recent order that authorized additional funding for unemployment benefits. However, it’s unclear how long the funds will last.

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The August 8 order, technically a “presidential memorandum,” offers $300 per week in additional unemployment benefits if the state agrees to put up $100 of their own. However, the DOL is interpreting this state matching obligation loosely.

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States wishing to provide claimants with an extra $400 can supply their own share from amounts previously allocated to them under the Coronavirus

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