Quality Reporting Service Center
Railroad Retirement Board
844 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-1275
Please distribute this notice to all
individuals within your organization who may need the information in connection
with their work.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) provides for up to 13 weeks
of additional temporary extended unemployment benefits payable by the US
Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). The benefits may be paid to certain railroad
workers who received normal unemployment benefits for any days between
July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013, and who have exhausted their rights
to additional benefits payable under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act
The ATRA provides for the use of the funds previously apportioned under the
Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act (WHBAA) of 2009 for these
temporary extended Unemployment benefits. The additional benefits will stop at
the end of a person's extended unemployment benefit period OR
when the total funding has been spent - whichever comes first. The latest date
that an extended benefit period may begin under the ATRA is December
In summary, in order for a claimant to qualify for extended unemployment
benefits under the ATRA, a claimant must have:
- Exhausted normal unemployment benefits in Benefit Year (BY) 2012 or BY
2013, either based on earnings or on collecting the maximum 130 days, before
December 31, 2013 or
- Claimed unemployment benefits during BY 2012 but never received extended
benefits for BY 2012 and is not qualified for BY20 13. Those individuals can now
receive special extended benefits starting as late as December 31, 2013. The new
law does not lengthen extended benefit periods established under prior laws.
In addition, the same rules apply to the ATRA funded benefits as to normally
paid extended benefits as it relates to the duration of payments:
- Railroad workers with less than 10 years of service may now be eligible for
extended benefits up to 65 days within a period consisting of 7 consecutive
2-week registration periods.
- Railroad workers with 10 or more years of service may now be eligible for
extended benefits up to 130 days within at period consisting of 13 consecutive
2-week registration periods.
Any ATRA extended unemployment benefits paid will be charged to the $175
million appropriation. These benefits will not be charged to the claimant's base
year employer's benefit account balance and consequently will not be used when
calculating the base year employer's experience rated RUIA contribution rate for
any future years.
The RRB will notify eligible individuals of their new rights to extended
benefits and provide additional information about those benefits as soon as
If you have any questions regarding the benefits paid based on the American
Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, please contact the RRB's Quality Reporting Service
Center at (312) 751-4992.