Temporary Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC)

Effective Date: The FAC program began paying additional compensation starting the week of February 28, 2009. It will remain in effect for unemployment benefit claims established prior to January 1, 2010. The last week payable under the program for any benefit year established before January 1, 2010 is for claims filed for the week ending July 3, 2010.

Background

If you are receiving benefits under certain unemployment programs you may also receive an additional $25 weekly benefit payment through the Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC).

You will receive the extra payment each week where you are eligible for at least one dollar in unemployment benefits through the following programs:

  • Regular Maine Unemployment Insurance Program (UI)
  • Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (EUC)
  • Trade Reemployment Adjustment Allowances Program (TRA)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
  • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX)
  • Maine Enterprise Option Program (MEO)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Federal Additional Compensation is not payable to individuals receiving Dislocated Worker Benefits (DWB) or Alternate Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Federal Additional Compensation Benefits?

You do not need to sign-up or register - all eligible workers will automatically receive the benefits. If you file a weekly claim under one of the programs listed above, and are eligible for at least $1.00 in benefits that week, you will receive a $25 Federal Additional Compensation Program check that week as well.

Why does the check come separately from my other unemployment benefits?

Federal Additional Compensation is a temporary program funded entirely with federal dollars. States are required to handle those funds separately from other unemployment benefit programs. The technology and accounting issues involved with combining the two payments were far to costly to implement for a temporary program, so the best option was to issue separate checks for Federal Additional Compensation payments.