New Law Extends Unemployment Benefits

Law360, New York (November 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In the wake of increasingly grim economic data, President Bush has signed legislation that would keep unemployment checks flowing to laid-off U.S. workers into the new year.

Early Friday, the president signed H.R. 6867, the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008, into law. The extends emergency unemployment benefits to 20 weeks and creates a second tier of 13 weeks of compensation for those who live in states with high unemployment rates.

Congress approved the legislation Thursday, the same day the Labor Department revealed that new claims...
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