DAR File No. 41525

This rule was published in the May 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance

Rule R994-402

Extended Benefits (EB)

Notice of Proposed Rule

(New Rule)

DAR File No.: 41525
Filed: 04/27/2017 03:42:52 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This rule inadvertently expired and is necessary so it is being filed anew. This rule primarily references Extended Benefits which have not been used since 1984 but could be triggered if Utah's unemployment rate went up and thus the rule is necessary.

Summary of the rule or change:

There are no changes to this rule. It is being filed anew because the Department of Workforce Services inadvertently allowed it to expire.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 35A-1-104
  • Section 35A-4-402
  • Subsection 35A-1-104(4)
  • Subsection 35A-4-502(1)(b)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to the state budget.

local governments:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to local government.

small businesses:

There are no costs or savings to any small businesses as there are no fees associated with this program, and it is federally funded.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There are no costs or savings to any persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities as there are no fees associated with this program, and it is federally funded.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no costs or savings to any affected persons as there are no fees associated with this program, and it is federally funded. These changes will not impact the contribution rate of any employer.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

There are no compliance costs associated with this change. There are no fees associated with this change. There will be no cost to anyone to comply with these changes. There will be no fiscal impact on any business. These changes will have no impact on any employer's contribution tax rate.

Jon Pierpont, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Workforce Services
Unemployment Insurance
140 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2333

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Jon Pierpont, Executive Director


R994. Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance.

R994-402. Extended Benefits (EB).

R994-402-201. General Definition.

When a claimant has been unable to find work for an extended period of time and has exhausted all of his or her regular benefits, EB may be paid providing the state is in an extended benefit period as defined by Subsection 35A-4-402(7). A claimant does not have to have additional wage credits to qualify for EB as the original claim is extended with the same weekly benefit amount. The maximum benefit amount for a claimant is one-half of the amount of his or her original regular claim up to a maximum of 13 times the weekly benefit amount. All EB stop when the unemployment rate drops below a certain level, even if the claimant has not used all of his or her EB. If the claimant has sufficient additional wage credits and can qualify for a new regular claim, EB are not allowed. There is no waiting week on an EB claim. Availability requirements for EB are different from those for regular claimants. Unless the claimant has good prospects as defined in R994-402-205, the EB claimant must have no occupational restrictions, must reduce wage expectations and increase his or her work search efforts beyond those expected of regular benefit claimants. The only exception to this requirement is for claimants who have Department approval while attending school.


R994-402-202. General Requirements for EB.

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Act concerning regular benefits, a claimant is ineligible for EB during any week of unemployment in the claimant's eligibility period if the Department finds that during such period:

(a) the claimant failed to accept any offer of suitable work as defined in R994-402-204 or failed to apply for any suitable work to which he or she was referred by the Department; or

(b) he or she failed to make an active, good faith effort to secure employment as provided in Section R994-402-207.

(2) Any claimant who has been found ineligible for EB under Subsection R994-402-202(1) will be denied benefits until he or she has performed services in bona fide covered employment for at least four subsequent weeks, whether or not consecutive, and earned wages for such services equal to at least six times the claimant's weekly benefit amount.

(3) Notwithstanding R994-402-204, no claimant will be denied EB for failure to accept an offer of, or apply for, any job which meets the definition of suitability as described in that subsection if:

(a) the position was not offered to the claimant in writing as defined in R994-402-206 or was not listed with the Department of Workforce Services;

(b) such failure would not result in a denial of benefits under the definition of suitable work for regular benefit claimants in Subsection 35A-4-405(3) to the extent that the criteria of suitability in that section are not inconsistent with the provisions of R994-402-204 or

(c) the claimant meets the requirements of "good prospects" as defined in R994-402-205.

(4) No work is considered to be suitable work unless it complies with the labor standard provisions required by Section 3304(a)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code as provided in Subsection 35A-4-405(3).

(5) The Department shall refer any claimant entitled to EB to any suitable work which meets the criteria prescribed in R994-402-204.


R994-402-203. Eligibility for EB.

To be eligible for EB the claimant must:

(1) exhaust regular benefits as defined by Subsection 35A-4-402(7)(h) and his or her benefit year must have ended after the beginning of the EB period;

(2) be ineligible for a regular claim in Utah or any other state or under any federal unemployment program;

(3) file for EB in accordance with instructions;

(4) meet EB requirements for availability and work search; and

(5) accept suitable work.


R994-402-204. Suitable Work.

(1) Suitable work for EB claimants includes work:

(a) in any occupation within the claimant's capabilities unless he or she can show that his or her prospects for obtaining work in his or her regular occupation are good, as defined in Subsection R994-402-205 and

(b) paying the greater of the federal or state minimum wage provided the gross average pay exceeds the claimant's weekly benefit amount plus any supplemental unemployment benefit.

(2) Suitable work for EB claimants does not include work:

(a) available as the result of a strike or labor dispute;

(b) having wages, hours or other conditions of the work which are substantially less favorable to the claimant than those prevailing for similar work in the locality (for example, a skilled claimant, such as a carpenter, may be required to take a job paying the minimum wage in another occupation, but he or she does not have to take a carpenter job paying minimum wage if that wage is substantially less than the prevailing wage for carpenter work in his or her locality);

(c) which requires the claimant as a condition of being employed to join a union or to resign from or refrain from joining any labor organization;

(d) which would not be considered suitable for a regular claimant, such as unsafe working conditions or work requiring a move or travel beyond normal commuting distance. Except with regard to the type of occupation and the wages, standards for determining the suitability of work are the same for EB claimants as for regular claimants.


R994-402-205. Good Prospects.

When a claimant has a definite assurance of full-time employment in his or her customary occupation to begin within four weeks the claimant is considered to have good prospects. He or she must continue to seek work, but suitability will be determined under the definition of suitable work for regular benefit claimants in Subsection 35A-4-405(3) without regard to the definition in R994-402-204.


R994-402-206. Position Offered in Writing.

A position is considered "offered in writing" if it is listed with the Department and the claimant is referred or offered a referral by the Department even if the claimant is given the referral verbally. If an employer makes a verbal offer of work and the job is not listed with the Department, the provisions of Section 35A-4-405(3) may apply.


R994-402-207. Systematic and Sustained Work Search.

(1) A systematic and sustained work search means that the claimant must register for work with the Department and contact at least 4 employers each week, unless advised otherwise by an authorized Department representative. The claimant should have a realistic plan for finding employment. All of the employer contacts cannot be made on the same day except in circumstances where a work search on several days of the week is impractical. Work search contacts must be with employers not contacted within the last 90 days.

(2) Except for claimants who have received Department approval under section R944-403-201, there is no good cause exception for failure to make a systematic and sustained work search after the claimant has received instructions with regard to the required work search. If the claimant is ill or otherwise unable to seek work, but files a claim for benefits after being instructed with regard to work search requirements, benefits must be denied under Section 35A-4-402 and not under Section 35A-4-403(1)(c) unless the claimant was hospitalized for treatment of an emergency or life-threatening condition. Benefits may be allowed if the claimant failed to make the required work search because he or she was on jury duty and regular unemployment benefits would have been allowed under similar circumstances. If the claimant made the required work search but was unable to work or unavailable for work for more than half the normal workweek, he or she might be found ineligible under Sections R994-403-111c and R994-403-112c.

(3) If the claimant has obtained part-time work, he or she is still required to make a work search on those days when he or she is not working. The number of contacts may be reduced if the claimant is working a substantial amount of time in the part-time job.

(4) Work search requirements may be suspended if the Department determines that severe weather conditions or other calamity has forced a suspension of such activities by most members of the community.


R994-402-208. Claimant Responsibilities.

(1) EB claimants must report all information as requested by the Department.

(2) An EB claimant is required to keep a detailed record of the employers contacted including:

(a) the name and address of the employer,

(b) the date of contact with the employer,

(c) the person contacted if personal contact is made,

(d) the result of the contact,

(e) the type of work sought,

(3) Failure to keep records or provide such information will result in a conclusion that a work search was not made unless other convincing evidence is provided.


R994-402-209. Period of Disqualification.

A claimant who fails to accept an offer of suitable work or fails to actively seek work will be denied benefits for the week in which such failure occurs and for the following weeks until he or she has had employment during at least four subsequent weeks and has earned at least six times his or her weekly benefit amount. The earnings do not have to be in consecutive weeks, but must be bona fide, covered, employment.


R994-402-210. Requalification Requirement Following a Disqualification for a Crime in Connection with Employment.

All disqualifications for regular unemployment benefits continue to be in effect on EB claims. In addition, a claimant who has been denied benefits under Subsection 35A-4-405(2)(b) is not eligible to receive EB until he or she has returned to bona fide covered employment and earned at least six times his or her weekly benefit amount in employment subsequent to the disqualifying separation, even if the disqualification period has ended.


R994-402-211. Out of State Claimants.

A claimant who resides in another state but is filing against Utah under the interstate benefit payment plan is only entitled to two weeks of EB while residing in another state if the state of residence is not in an extended benefit period. The amount of the payment, whether it is a full or partial payment, is immaterial. When a payment of any amount has been made for each of two weeks, whether or not consecutive, no further payments can be made.


R994-402-212. Overpayments.

Overpayments established on extended benefit payments are collectible in accordance with the provisions of Subsections 35A-4-406(4) and 35A-4-406(5).


R994-402-601. Notice.

(1) Immediately after it has been determined that an extended benefit period will become effective or will end in the state, the Department will make a public announcement and give personal notice calculated to reach the largest practicable number of potentially eligible persons within the state.

(2) The notice given at the beginning of an extended benefit period will state

(a) the first date on which potential claimants may file a claim for, and become eligible for, extended benefit payments,

(b) eligibility criteria for EB, and

(c) what action individuals must take to protect their benefit rights.

(3) Whenever there has been a determination that an EB period will end, the Department will provide notice to all claimants currently filing claims for EB of the forthcoming end of the EB period and its effect on the claimant's right to EB.


R994-402-602. Effective Date of EB Claim.

The effective date of claims for EB will be the Sunday of the first week during which EB are payable in accordance with Subsection 35A-4-402(7) provided the claimant has filed as instructed. The effective date of the EB claim may be backdated upon a showing of good cause under Subsections 35A-4-403(1) and 35A-4-401(1)(b).


KEY: unemployment compensation, employee recruitment, extended benefits

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2017

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 35A-4-402(2); 35A-4-402(6)(a)

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.