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Applying for Benefit

To be initially eligible for SUB Fund benefits in a SUB Fund Benefit Year, you must file an Initial registration form, state withholding forms and federal withholding forms (if you are new to SUB, this is not required every year) to the SUB Fund. You must file all claims for benefits, with a clear copy of your claim summary or unemployment verification, within 30 days.

You may complete this step by mail, e-mail, or fax. This will permit us to update your records and process any applicable tax elections. You are not required to provide proof of your eligibility for state unemployment compensation benefits with your initial registration documents, although you are certainly permitted to do so.

Fast Facts:
To Receive SUB Fund benefits:
  • You must initially register with the SUB Fund, which involves completing a Registration Form, and state and federal withholding forms (only if new to SUB or if you want to change your tax withholdings). You do not need to be unemployed to register.
  • You must notify the Referral Office of your layoff date. Your employer is not responsible for making the Referral Office aware of your layoff. You must do it yourself.
  • You must provide evidence of your unemployment to the SUB Fund within the one calendar month time-frame rule. To do this, you may fax, mail or e-mail the evidence.
  • If you remain unemployed for a period of time, you must continue to provide evidence of your unemployment on a regular and timely basis. This is done by providing appropriate evidence of your unemployment to the SUB Fund within the one calendar month time-frame rule.

The SUB Fund will not pay benefits based on evidence presented more than one calendar month beyond its date of issue. There is a once-in-a-lifetime waiver that may allow you to receive up to two weeks of SUB Fund benefits for certain claims that contain evidence that is more than one calendar month beyond the issue date. For instance, if the state issues you a check on December 14 for benefits for the weeks ended November 30 and December 7, you have until January 13 to file your claim.

Remember, The first SUB Fund check issued for the 2023-2024 SUB Fund Benefit Year pays during the first full week in November and the final SUB Fund check pays during the last full week in April. No SUB Fund benefits are paid from May 1 through October 31.

You'll need to continually provide the SUB Fund with proof of your unemployment in order to receive a SUB Fund benefit. As long as you keep the one calendar month rule in mind, you can essentially submit your evidence for up to three to almost four weeks at a time.

Methods for Providing Proof
You can send in evidence by mail, fax or e-mail, subfund@local478.org or you can drop it off at the SUB drop box in the front foyer. The SUB Fund is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If there's a membership meeting, the SUB Fund will be open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
SUB Fund Office Holidays and Closing Policy
The SUB Fund Office will be closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day.
Occasionally, the SUB Fund may close or close early due to inclement weather, or on a day before or after the date of a holiday. If you are ever in doubt, call the SUB Fund at 866-288-9261, ext 225.

Providing Proof on Time
You must provide your evidence of involuntary unemployment on a regular and timely basis. The Fund will not honor evidence submitted more than one calendar month beyond its original date of issue. This takes into account holidays and SUB Fund closings due to inclement weather. So, for example, barring a holiday or SUB Fund closing, if you receive a weekly unemployment compensation check on March 1, and do not submit it to the SUB Fund until April 2, you will not be eligible for a SUB Fund benefit. You may choose to use the once-in-a-lifetime waiver of this rule.

Get into the habit of mailing, emailing or faxing your evidence of unemployment to the SUB Fund as soon as you receive it. This will prevent delays in your SUB Fund benefit payments. If you are faxing, mailing or e-mailing your evidence, please allow a reasonable amount of time for your SUB Fund check to be issued and mailed. If you need your SUB Fund check in one or two days, drop it off at the SUB Fund in person, there is a "Drop off Box" in the front foyer.

Timely Proof of Light-Duty Work
Assuming you are otherwise eligible for SUB Fund benefits, you must provide the SUB Fund with a copy of the notice from your doctor or from the Workers' Compensation Commission verifying your release for light-duty work, along with a copy of your partial unemployment check. You must do this within one calendar month from the date the state unemployment check was issued to receive SUB Fund benefits retroactive to the week for which your first reduced state unemployment was issued.

Tax Forms
Unless we have valid forms on file for you, you must complete and submit federal tax withholding forms and state income tax withholding forms to the SUB Fund if you are new to SUB or you wish to change your tax withholdings.