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A new unemployment kit for MA employers



                  George L. Chimento
                  April 30, 2009
The Division of Unemployment Assistance ("DUA") has produced a new
information kit  (Form 0590-A Rev. 03-09) to assist terminated employees in
applying for unemployment insurance benefits.

My partner,
Dave Cogliano, points out the difference between this kit and the
previous version:

1. The DUA's Teleclaim service has expanded hours, and is now available until
6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

2. The DUA has instituted a new schedule to handle telephone claims. Claims
will be prioritized based on the last digit of a social security number.

Individuals with:

-social security numbers ending in 0, 1 or 2 get priority on Monday;

-social security numbers ending in 3, 4 or 5 get priority on Tuesday;

-social security numbers ending in 6, or 7 get priority on Wednesday;

-social security numbers ending in 8, or 9 get priority on Thursday.

On Friday and Saturday, it's first come, first served.


3. The Teleclaim service also now permits an individual to sign up for direct
deposit or to change the direct deposit by phone.


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