LABOR AND INDUSTRY
Unemployment Compensation; Table Specified for the Determination of Rate and Amount of Benefits
[46 Pa.B. 504]
[Saturday, January 23, 2016]
The purpose of this notice is to announce the Table Specified for the Determination of Rate and Amount of Benefits (Table) and the maximum weekly benefit rate for 2016.
The Table, in section 404(e)(1) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (law) (43 P. S. § 804(e)(1)), was amended by the act of June 12, 2012 (P. L. 577, No. 60) (Act 60). Under sections 18 and 20 of Act 60, the amended Table was effective January 1, 2013, and applies to benefit years that begin on or after that date.
As enacted, the amended Table establishes a maximum weekly benefit rate of $573. Section 404(e)(2)(i) of the law provides that the Table shall be extended or contracted annually to the point where the maximum weekly benefit rate for a calendar year equals 66 2/3% of the average weekly wage for the 36-month period ending on the previous June 30. However, section 404(e)(2)(iii) of the law, as amended by Act 60, contains limitations on the growth of the maximum weekly benefit rate. Section 404(e)(2)(iii) of the law provides that the maximum weekly benefit rate for 2013 through 2019 may not exceed $573. Therefore, the Department of Labor and Industry is not extending the Table for 2016, and the maximum weekly benefit rate will remain at $573.
The Table, as amended by Act 60, was published at 43 Pa.B. 378 (January 19, 2013) and is codified in Appendix A to 34 Pa. Code Chapter 65 (relating to employee provisions). Under section 201(a) of the law (43 P. S. § 761(a)), section 404(e)(2) of the law and 34 Pa. Code § 65.111 (relating to benefit table), the Table in Appendix A to 34 Pa. Code Chapter 65 is being adopted by this notice for 2016.
Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Kevin M. Cicak, Deputy Secretary for Unemployment Compensation Programs, Labor and Industry Building, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA 17121.
KATHY M. MANDERINO,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-121. Filed for public inspection January 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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