2020 Code of Alabama
Title 25 - Industrial Relations and Labor.
Chapter 4 - Unemployment Compensation.
Article 4 - Benefits.
Section 25-4-72 - Individual Weekly Benefit Amount.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 25-4-72 (2020)

Section 25-4-72

Individual weekly benefit amount.

(a) For weeks of unemployment during benefit years which begin before the effective date of subsection (b), an individual's weekly benefit amount shall be as prescribed by this section as amended through July 6, 1997.

(b) For weeks of unemployment during benefit years beginning on or after July 2, 2006, an individual's weekly benefit amount shall be an amount based on an equal division of the current weeks compensated of the wages for insured work paid to the individual during the two quarters of his or her base period in which the total wages were the highest; except, that:

(1) If the amount thus derived is not a multiple of one dollar ($1), fractional parts of one dollar ($1) in excess of fifty cents ($.50) shall be rounded to the next higher multiple of one dollar ($1) and fractional parts of one dollar ($1) which are fifty cents ($.50) or less shall be dropped to the next lower multiple of one dollar ($1).

(2) If the amount derived before the application of subdivision (1) is not in excess of forty-four dollars fifty cents ($44.50), there shall be no weekly benefit amount.

(3) Effective with benefit years beginning on or after July 6, 2008, if the amount thus derived is more than two hundred fifty-four dollars fifty cents ($254.50), the weekly maximum benefit amount shall be two hundred fifty-five dollars ($255).

(4) Effective with benefit years beginning on or after July 5, 2009, if the amount thus derived is more than two hundred sixty-four dollars fifty cents ($264.50), the weekly maximum benefit shall be two hundred sixty-five dollars ($265).

(5) Effective with benefit years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, if the amount thus derived is more than two hundred seventy-four dollars fifty cents ($274.50), the weekly maximum benefit shall be two hundred seventy-five dollars ($275).

(c) If, as a condition for approval of this section for full tax credit against the tax imposed by the federal Unemployment Tax Act, federal law should require a greater maximum weekly benefit amount than that provided herein, then the maximum weekly benefit amount shall be the minimum required by any such federal law for such approval.

(d) Nothing herein shall serve to deprive any individual of any benefit for which he or she had qualified in any benefit year beginning before the effective date of subsection (b).

(e) There is hereby appropriated out of funds made available to this state under Section 903 of the Social Security Act, as amended by Title II, Section 209, "Special Reed Act Transfer in Fiscal Year 2002," of the "Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002," as contained in the "Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002," an amount not to exceed 15 percent of the funds, or so much thereof to be used as may be necessary, under the direction of the State of Alabama, Department of Labor, for the expenses incurred for the administration of this state's unemployment compensation law and public employment offices. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the additional amount of up to $7,940,119 of "Reed Act" funds may be withdrawn from the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund and used for administrative purposes from May 29, 2008, until September 30, 2009. Furthermore, whatever amount is withdrawn during this time period, that amount shall not change the Employer Tax Schedules pursuant to Section 25-4-54 for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2010.

(Acts 1939, No. 497, p. 721; Code 1940, T. 26, §207; Acts 1945, No. 283, p. 449, §4; Acts 1951, No. 565, p. 990, §1; Acts 1955, No. 349, p. 848, §1; Acts 1957, No. 300, p. 392, §1; Acts 1961, Ex. Sess., No. 274, p. 2298, §6; Acts 1965, No. 390, p. 548, §2; Acts 1967, No. 167, p. 499, §3; Acts 1969, No. 234, p. 559, §8; Acts 1971, No. 88, p. 349, §3; Acts 1973, No. 1057, p. 1716, §5; Acts 1975, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 76, p. 203; Acts 1975, No. 801, p. 1604, §7; Acts 1983, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 83-155, p. 264, §8; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-784, p. 213, §1; Acts 1989, No. 89-405, p. 822, §5; Acts 1992, No. 92-173, p. 284, §1; Acts 1994, No. 94-719, p. 1399, §1; Acts 1997, No. 97-246, p. 426, §1; Act 2002-432, p. 1129, §1; Act 2004-111, p. 179, §1; Act 2006-521, p. 1208, §1; Act 2008-500, p. 1089, §1; Act 2019-204, §1.)

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