State Extended Benefits, or SEB, is an extension of benefits that occurs when a state meets the unemployment rate threshold for a designated period. Georgia became eligible to pay SEB May 10, 2020. However, the first payable week ending date (WED) was July 4, 2020 based on the first payable WED of PEUC was April 4, 2020 for 13 weeks. As of July 5, 2020, Georgia began a high unemployment period in the Extended Benefits program increasing the maximum potential entitlement for claimants to 20 weeks and or until week-ending December 26, 2020 for individual claims and December 30, 2020 for employer filed claims, whichever comes first. On October 11, due to a decrease in the unemployment rate, we will begin low unemployment period and decrease the maximum potential entitlement for claimants back to 13 weeks or until week-ending December 26, 2020 for individual claims and December 30, 2020 for employer filed claims, whichever comes first.
To qualify for SEB, individuals must have:
Exhausted all rights to regular UI under state law;
Ineligibility for regular UI in another state or Canada;
Established a qualifying UI claim (with respect to the regular UI claim that exhausted);
No disqualifications preventing SEB eligibility;
At least one week in the benefit year that begins on or after May 10, 2020, beginning of the SEB eligibility period.