Supplemental Unemployment Benefits FAQs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.