Supplemental Unemployment Benefits FAQs

  • How Do I Become a Participant?

    You become a Participant in the Plan by working for an Employer required by a Collective Bargaining Agreement or Participation Agreement to make contributions to the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Fund on your behalf.

  • How Do I Become Eligible for Benefits?

    Once you become a Participant in the Plan, you will become eligible for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits upon meeting all of the following eligibility requirements:

    • Covered Employment Terminated: Your Covered Employment must have been terminated involuntarily due to lack of work or reduction in workforce. No benefits are paid if unemployment is due to a strike, work stoppage, lockout, voluntary quit or a discharge due to misconduct; and
    • Hour Requirement: You must meet the hour requirement by working a minimum of 1,040 hours in Covered Employment in either the four (4) Contribution Quarters prior to your Layoff Date or the 12-Month Review Period; and
    • Registered with the Union Referral Hall: You must be registered with the Union Referral Hall as Available for Work and follow the Referral Hall's daybook procedures; and
    • Application for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits: An application for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits must be filed with the Fund Office; and
    • Received Unemployment Compensation Benefits: You must provide appropriate proof of your actual receipt of unemployment compensation benefits for days you are claiming Supplemental Unemployment Benefits.

    You will not be eligible for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits if you are receiving Pension Plan benefits to which IBEW Local 11 or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a party or benefits from the Social Security Administration.

  • How Do I File an Application for Benefits?

    If you have been laid off, you must complete and submit an application for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits with the Fund Office.

    Journeymen:
    You may obtain an application for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits from any of the following locations:

    • IBEW Local 11 Referral Hall: 6023 Garfield Avenue, Commerce, CA 90040
    • Fund Office: 6023 Garfield Avenue, Commerce, CA 90040
    • Fund Office Website: www.scibew-neca.org.

    Journeymen are required to submit a copy of their layoff notice along with their application. The layoff notice must indicate that the reason for the layoff was due to a lack of work or a reduction in workforce. The Layoff Date indicated on the layoff notice will be used to determine when your benefits will begin.

    Apprentices:
    You may obtain an application for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits from:

    • Fund Office: 6023 Garfield Avenue, Commerce, CA 90040
    • Fund Office Website: www.scibew-neca.org

    The Layoff Date provided by the Electrical Training Institute will be used to determine when your benefits will begin.

    In order to receive benefits an eligible Participant must file an application for benefits no later than 60 days from the day for which benefits are claimed. Benefits payable shall be paid no more than 14 days following receipt of an approved application. If an application requires additional information the applicant shall be timely advised of the additional information required within the same 14 days. If an application is denied or a portion of benefit claimed is denied, an adverse benefit determination shall be issued within the same 14 days.

  • Can an Eligible Participant Lose Eligible Status?

    Yes. If an otherwise eligible Participant engages in Non-Covered Electrical Employment after meeting the Hour Requirement set forth above, all eligibility for benefits under this Plan is lost until the Participant, after the last hour worked in Non Covered Electrical Employment, works at least 7,000 hours in Covered Employment and meets all other eligibility requirements of the Plan.

  • When Is My Eligibility for Benefits Terminated?

    Your benefits under the Plan will terminate when your California Unemployment Insurance benefits terminate or if any of the following occur:

    • You have exhausted the 26 weeks of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits payable under the Plan; or
    • Your claim has been inactive for 365 or more days. All claims are "inactive" 365 days from the initial layoff or termination resulting in any payment of benefits. Your inactive claim will be closed and will not be re-opened under any circumstances. You will be required to re-satisfy the eligibility requirements to be eligible to begin a new claim; or
    • You begin receiving Social Security Administration benefits; or
    • You begin receiving Pension Plan benefits to which IBEW Local 11 or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a party; or
    • You knowingly misrepresent or falsify any information or matter in connection with a claim filed for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits. You may be required to forfeit your rights to remaining benefits, refund overpayments or lose entitlement to any future benefits under the Plan.

    If your eligibility for benefits is terminated for any reason, you must again satisfy the eligibility requirements for benefits based upon a new 12 month review period.

    When you again meet the eligibility requirements, you will be entitled to a maximum of 26 weeks of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits subject to all other limitations of the Plan including but not limited to maximum benefits in a rolling 52 week period.

  • How Do I Continue Benefits?

    Once you have met the requirements to be eligible for Supplemental Unemployment Benefits, you will continue to receive benefits, up to your maximum 26 weeks of payments, within 52 weeks from the first date of benefits provided your benefits are not suspended under the Plan, and you file timely additional applications.

  • When Are My Benefits Not Payable (Suspended)?

    Your Supplemental Unemployment Benefit payments are not payable (suspended) if any of the following occur:

    • You are not Available for Work: Any period in which you are not registered with the Referral Hall or not compliant with the Referral Hall daybook procedures.
    • You are receiving short-term or long-term disability benefits: Any period for which you are receiving California State Disability benefits.
    • You are receiving Worker's Compensation: Any period for which you are receiving Worker's Compensation Temporary Disability benefits.
    • Your State Unemployment is suspended for recoupment: Any period in which you are repaying the state for overpayments made to you for state unemployment compensation.
    • You did not receive California Unemployment Insurance benefits for the day(s) claimed.
    • Any other reason stated in the Plan.

  • What Happens if I Perform Uniformed Military Service?

    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA") protects the reemployment rights and benefits of civilian employees who enter the military" for a brief, non-recurrent period and have no expectation of significant continuing military service." This protection extends to employees who perform uniformed military service on a voluntary or involuntary basis for a cumulative period of service of five (5) years or less. "Uniformed military service" includes: active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty, full-time National Guard duty, and a period during which a person is absent from work for the purpose of examination to determine his or her fitness for military service. When you are away from covered employment due to uniformed military service covered by this law and return timely to work for a contributing employer, your Plan benefits will be protected as follows:

    • No forfeiture of benefits already accrued is allowed, and
    • There is no need to re-qualify for participation in the Plan due to absence for military service.

    If you will be entering military service, you must notify the Plan Administrator by providing a copy of your deployment to the Fund Office before you enter military service.

    When you return from military service, you must notify the Plan Administrator. You will forfeit any protected Plan benefits unless you return to work within certain time limits:

    • If the length of your military service was less than 31 days, you must return to work the next work day following discharge (with an 8 hour rest period);
    • If the length of your military service was more than 30 days but less than 181 days, you must return to work within 14 days of discharge; or
    • If the length of your military service was more than 180 days but not more than 5 years, you must return to work within 90 days of discharge.

    Within 14 days after returning to work, you must furnish the Fund Office with copies of your discharge papers showing the date of induction, date of discharge or termination of duty.