Monday, November 30, 2009

Kmart gives 20% discount to unemployed

Following the long line of companies helping out the unemployed in hopes of keeping them as customers when they get back on their feet, Kmart is offering a 20% discount to the unemployed on its private label grocery and drugstore staples for up to six months.

The program requires presenting valid state-issued identification and a state-issued unemployment benefits enrollment confirmation. Customers can continue using the savings card up until its expiration in six months, even if they get a job during that time.

At checkout, cardholders must show their Smart Assist Savings card, their valid state-issued unemployment verification and their state-issued ID for signature verification.

The program is set to expire near the first of next year.  For information on the program.  Visit the site below.

Florida Unemployment Benefits Extension - Do I qualify for EB (Extended Benefits)?

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Here are a few guidelines you can use to determine eligibility:
  • You are totally or partially unemployed.
  • You exhaust all entitlement to regular and emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits prior to February 22, 2009 but your benefit year ends after February 22, 2009.
  • You exhaust all entitlement to regular and emergency unemployment compensation benefits after February 22, 2009.
  • You are not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits in any state (including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, The District of Columbia) or Canada.
  • You satisfy all requirements of the Florida UC Law that apply to regular UC and EB, such as being able and available for work, and have not been disqualified from receiving benefits based on your reason for separation.
  • You actively seek work for each EB week claimed and provide the work search record as instructed.
  • You do not refuse an offer of suitable work or fail to apply for suitable work.

Tennessee Residents - November Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension

The Tennessee Department of Labor has stated that applications to apply for the latest unemployment insurance extension may do so online on December 11, 2009.  If you have exhausted your benefits and qualify for this extension, you will be sent a letter in the mail within the next week which will include a monetary determination and instructions for the application process.  Those who are currently getting unemployment insurance should automatically transition into this latest extension, if needed.

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NELP Estimates 1 Million Unemployed Will Lose Benefits If Congress Does Not Act.

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Reauthorize ARRA for the Millions of Workers That Will Lose Benefits

Last week, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a new analysis showing that one million workers will become ineligible for federal unemployment benefits in January 2010 unless Congress acts to reauthorize the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s unemployment insurance programs by December.

Ask your Congress member to reauthorize ARRA now on behalf of millions of Americans that will lose their benefits.

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US Department of Labor

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