Maryland UI law Section 8-812, additional training benefits (TAB), became effective March
1, 2011. The law allows for up to 26 weeks of additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits at your regular
weekly benefit amount. It may be paid over a two year period determined by the effective date of your initial
claim for UI benefits. In order to be considered for TAB eligibility certain requirements must be met. In
general, you may be entitled to benefits under this section if:
- You are unemployed.
- You have exhausted all rights to unemployment insurance benefits under both federal and state law.
- Your initial UI claim was due to a job separation from a declining occupation or due to an involuntary
and indefinite separation from employment as a result of a permanent reduction of operations.
- You are enrolled in a training program approved by the Secretary or in a job training program
authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, as amended, that will lead to employment in an
occupation that is in demand.
- You enrolled in the training program prior to the end of the benefit year established due to the
separation from the employment as described in #3.
- You are not receiving similar stipends or other allowances for non-training costs.
These benefits cannot be paid unless, in addition to the requirements listed above, it is determined that
the training you are attending is considered to be approved training as determined by the Secretary under
Section 8-903 of the Maryland UI Law and Section 09.33.01.06 of the Code of Maryland Regulations. Criteria
for determining whether training is considered to be approved training includes but is not limited to the
- The training is supported by the WIA.
- The training is full time (unless supported by WIA).
- The training will prepare you for employment in a demand occupation.
In order to be considered for TAB you must apply for the benefits by calling the telephone number listed
below. When contacting the Special Programs Unit to apply for benefits, you will be asked to provide
information regarding the employment that resulted in your filing an initial UI claim. You will also be asked
to provide information about the training/school you are attending. Be prepared to provide the facility name
and address, the type of training you are receiving, and the start and end dates of the training. After all
information has been obtained a determination will be made as to whether you are eligible for the TAB
benefits. If it is determined all requirements have been met, you will be required to provide this unit with
training attendance forms for each week of TAB requested.
If you think you meet the requirements for TAB and would like to apply please call the Special Programs
Unit at 410-767-2627 or 410-767-2553 Monday - Friday, except for official state holidays, between the hours
of 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT A UI CLAIM CENTER OR ATTEMPT TO FILE FOR THESE BENEFITS OVER
THE INTERNET. YOU MUST CONTACT THE SPECIAL PROGRAMS UNIT TO APPLY. APPLICATIONS FOR TAB CANNOT BE TAKEN UNTIL
ALL RIGHTS TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS UNDER BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LAW HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.