The Nebraska Department of Labor computer system that processes unemployment benefit payments has been updated to allow eligible claimants to file for extended benefits on-line. Commissioner Catherine Lang says this applies only to those who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits and the first tier of extended benefits.
Lang says this change was made to assist both those receiving the benefits and to those who process the claims. The on-line filing is for individuals who have exhausted their regular benefits, which is up to 26 weeks and is for the emergency unemployment compensation is up to 34 weeks.
For those who do not have access to a computer, claimants may continue to call the Nebraska Claims Center but Lang advises to avoid calling on Monday’s and Tuesday’s as that is when they receive the higher volume. Calls made Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the call times are significantly reduced.
The Nebraska Department of Labor sent out 13,000 notifications to claimants who may be eligible for the latest extension and are processing 3,000 other exhausted claims per week. Lang says this enhancement will benefit both those who have computer access and those who do not as it opens up more phone lines.
More information and applications are available on the NDOL website at www.dol.nebraska.gov.