2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 34 - LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 8 - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY
ARTICLE 7 - BENEFITS
§ 34-8-193 - Determination of weekly benefit amount

O.C.G.A. 34-8-193 (2010)
34-8-193. Determination of weekly benefit amount


(a) The weekly benefit amount of an individual's claim shall be that amount computed by dividing the two highest quarters of wages paid in the base period by 42. Any fraction of a dollar shall then be disregarded. Wages must have been paid in at least two quarters of the base period and total wages in the base period must equal or exceed 150 percent of the highest quarter base period wages. For claims that fail to establish entitlement due to failure to meet the 150 percent requirement, an alternative computation shall be made. In such event, the weekly benefit amount shall be computed by dividing the highest single quarter of base period wages paid by 21. Any fraction of a dollar shall then be disregarded. Under this alternative computation, wages must have been paid in at least two quarters of the base period and total base period wages must equal or exceed 40 times the weekly benefit amount. Regardless of the method of computation used, wages must have been paid for insured work, as defined in Code Section 34-8-41.

(b) Weekly benefit amount entitlement as computed in this Code section shall be no less than $27.00 per week for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 1983; provided, however, that for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 1987, when the weekly benefit amount, as computed, would be more than $26.00 but less than $37.00, the individual's weekly benefit amount will be $37.00, and no weekly benefit amount shall be established for less than $37.00; provided, further, that for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 1997, when the weekly benefit amount, as computed, would be more than $26.00 but less than $39.00, the individual's weekly benefit amount will be $39.00, and no weekly benefit amount shall be established for less than $39.00; provided, further, that for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 2002, when the weekly benefit amount, as computed, would be more than $26.00 but less than $40.00, the individual's weekly benefit amount will be $40.00, and no weekly benefit amount shall be established for less than $40.00; provided, further, that for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 2005, when the weekly benefit amount, as computed, would be more than $26.00 but less than $42.00, the individual's weekly benefit amount will be $42.00, and no weekly benefit amount shall be established for less than $42.00; provided, further, that for benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 2007, when the weekly benefit amount, as computed, would be more than $26.00 but less than $44.00, the individual's weekly benefit amount will be $44.00, and no weekly benefit amount shall be established for less than $44.00.

(c) Weekly benefit amount entitlement as computed in this Code section shall not exceed these amounts for the applicable time period:

(1) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1990, but before July 1, 1994, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $185.00;

(2) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1994, but before July 1, 1995, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $195.00;

(3) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1995, but before July 1, 1996, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $205.00;

(4) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1996, but before July 1, 1997, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $215.00;

(5) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1997, but before July 1, 1998, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $224.00;

(6) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1998, but before July 1, 1999, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $244.00;

(7) For claims filed on or after July 1, 1999, but before July 1, 2000, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $264.00;

(8) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2000, but before July 1, 2001, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $274.00;

(9) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2001, but before July 1, 2002, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $284.00;

(10) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2002, but before July 1, 2003, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $295.00;

(11) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2003, but before July 1, 2005, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $300.00;

(12) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2005, but before July 1, 2006, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $310.00;

(13) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2006, but before July 1, 2008, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $320.00; and

(14) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2008, the maximum weekly benefit amount shall not exceed $330.00.

(d) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the maximum benefits payable to an individual in a benefit year shall be the lesser of 26 times the weekly benefit amount or one-fourth of the base period wages. If the amount computed is not a multiple of the weekly benefit amount, the total will be adjusted to the nearest multiple of the weekly benefit amount. The duration of benefits shall be extended in accordance with Code Section 34-8-197.

(2) In addition to and subsequent to payment of all benefits otherwise allowed under paragraph (1) of this subsection and without restriction with respect to an individual's benefit year, for claims filed on or after January 1, 2010, weekly unemployment compensation shall be payable under this subsection to any individual who is unemployed, has exhausted all rights to regular unemployment compensation under the provisions of Article 7 of this chapter, and is enrolled and making satisfactory progress, as determined by the Commissioner, in a training program approved by the department, or in a job training program authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, and not receiving similar stipends or other training allowances for nontraining costs. Each such training program approved by the department or job training program authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 shall prepare individuals who have been separated from a declining occupation, as designated by the department from time to time, or who have been involuntarily and indefinitely separated from employment as a result of a permanent reduction of operations at the individual's place of employment, for entry into a high-demand occupation, as designated by the department from time to time. The amount of unemployment compensation payable under this subsection to an individual for a week of unemployment shall be equal to the individual's weekly benefit amount for the individual's most recent benefit year less deductible earnings, if any. The total amount of unemployment compensation payable under this subsection to any individual shall be equal to at least 26 times the individual's weekly benefit amount for the individual's most recent benefit year. The provisions of subsection (d) of Code Section 34-8-195 shall apply to eligibility for benefits under this subsection. Except when the result would be inconsistent with other provisions of this subsection, all other provisions of Article 7 of this chapter shall apply to the administration of the provisions of this subsection.
(e)(1) An otherwise eligible individual shall be paid the weekly benefit amount, less gross earnings in excess of $30.00, payable to the individual applicable to the week for which benefits are claimed. Such remaining benefit, if not a multiple of $1.00, shall be computed to the nearest multiple of $1.00. Earnings of $30.00 or less will not affect entitlement to benefits. For the purpose of this subsection, jury duty pay shall not be considered as earnings.

(2) For claims filed on or after July 1, 2002, an otherwise eligible individual shall be paid the weekly benefit amount, less gross earnings in excess of $50.00, payable to the individual applicable to the week for which benefits are claimed. Such remaining benefit, if not a multiple of $1.00, shall be computed to the nearest multiple of $1.00. Earnings of $50.00 or less will not affect entitlement to benefits. For the purpose of this paragraph, jury duty pay shall not be considered as earnings.
(f)(1) The amount of unemployment compensation payable to an individual for any week which begins in a period with respect to which such individual is receiving a governmental or other pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or any other similar periodic payment which is based on the previous work of such individual shall be reduced by an amount equal to the amount of such pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other payment which is reasonably attributable to such week. Such remaining benefit, if not a multiple of $1.00, shall be computed to the nearest multiple of $1.00.

(2) The requirements of this subsection shall apply to any pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment only if:

(A) Such pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or similar payment is under a plan maintained or contributed to by a base-period employer or chargeable employer as determined under applicable law; and

(B) Payments for services performed for such employer by the individual after the beginning of the base period affect eligibility for or increase the amount of such pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or similar payment, except in the case of pensions paid under the federal Social Security Act, the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, or the corresponding provisions of prior law.

(3) The Commissioner shall take into consideration the amount contributed by the individual for the pension, retirement or retired pay, annuity, or other similar periodic payment and shall limit such reduction based on the percent share contributed by such individual. An individual who, while working, contributed 50 percent or more toward such plan shall not be subject to a reduction in the weekly benefit amount of the claim.

(g) Between the filing of one benefit year claim and the filing of another benefit year claim, an individual must have performed services in bona fide employment and earned insured wages for such services. These wages for insured work must equal or exceed ten times the weekly benefit amount of the new claim in order to establish entitlement.

(h) The wage credits and benefit rights of persons who entered the armed services of the United States during a national emergency are preserved for the period of their actual service and six months thereafter in accordance with regulations of the Commissioner.

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