To continue to be eligible for Unemployment Benefits you must file weekly or biweekly claims (after the week(s) has ended) and respond to questions concerning your continued eligibility.
Claims must include:
These claims are usually filed by mail or telephone.The state will provide you with filing instructions.If you fail to report as scheduled for any interview, benefits may be denied.You must also continue to meet the eligibility requirements.According to the law, in order to be considered “eligible” for unemployment benefits there are two main factors to be considered:The state requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a “base period”.
* In most states, the base period is usually the first four out of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the time that your claim is filed.
You must be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own (determined under state law).Since each state has its own Unemployment Insurance agency, each administer separate programs within guidelines established by federal law. This means eligibility requirements may vary slightly per state. It also means that the state where the claim is filed determines benefit amounts, number of weeks benefits can be paid and other eligibility conditions.
Claimants who file for unemployment benefits may be directed to register for work with the State Employment Service. This service assists individuals in finding employment.
The Employment Service Office helps individuals by:
There are many reasons for denying benefit payments. Some may include:
If you apply for unemployment and are disqualified or denied benefits, but you feel you are entitled to them, you have the right to file an appeal.
The state will advise you of your appeal rights. You must file your appeal within an established time frame. Your employer may also appeal a determination if he or she does not agree with the state’s determination regarding your eligibility.
Only your State Workforce Agency can make a determination to pay or deny benefits so, it is very important that you file an appeal and/or request reconsideration of your determination according to your state’sunemployment laws.
If you need any help you can contact the Department of Labor by phone or e-mail.
To contact your state agency directly, visit: http://www.servicelocator.org/owslinks.asp