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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-1987



Unemployment Compensation; Table Specified for the Determination of Rate and Amount of Benefits

[48 Pa.B. 7841]
[Saturday, December 22, 2018]

 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 2019.

 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 November 3, 2016 (P.L. 1100, No. 144) (Act 144). Under sections 14 and 15 of Act 144, the amended Table was effective November 3, 2016, and applies to benefit years that begin after December 31, 2016.

 As enacted, the amended Table establishes a maximum weekly benefit rate of $561. Section 404(e)(2) 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 144, contains limitations on the growth of the maximum weekly benefit rate. Section 404(e)(2)(iii) provides that the maximum weekly benefit rate for 2017 through 2019 may not exceed $561. Therefore, the Department of Labor and Industry is not extending the Table for 2019, and the maximum weekly benefit rate will remain at $561.

 The Table, as amended by Act 144, was published at 47 Pa.B. 362 (January 21, 2017) and is presently codified in 34 Pa. Code Chapter 65, Appendix A (relating to table specified for the determination of rate and amount of benefits). 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 34 Pa. Code Chapter 65, Appendix A is being adopted by this notice for 2019.

 Questions concerning this notice should be directed to William L. Trusky, Jr., Deputy Secretary for Unemployment Compensation Programs, Department of Labor and Industry, Labor and Industry Building, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA 17121.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1987. Filed for public inspection December 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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