The steps for how to claim unemployment benefits, for registering for work, and for maintaining continued eligibility for federal unemployment benefits in Delaware are all established by department regulations. Additionally, the state department also oversees the calculation of unemployment benefits claims, the limitations on benefits, and the procedure for withholding income taxes on UI compensation.
To learn more about how to claim unemployment benefits in Delaware, and the regulations associated with the process, take a look at these sections:
When you claim unemployment benefits, request your benefits on the first Sunday after you fill your new or re-opened claim, and each week thereafter that you are eligible. Make all your DE unemployment benefits claims through TeleBenefits or WebBenefits. The Division of Unemployment Insurance’s payment week begins on Sunday and runs through the following Saturday.
Concerning how many weeks you will receive benefits when you claim unemployment benefits in Delaware, this is determined by the total wages in your entire base period. You are entitled to benefits totaling 50 percent of your base period wages or up to 26 weeks, whichever is less.
The benefit year commences on the Sunday of the first week in which you file an unemployment benefits claim and are found eligible for federal unemployment benefits. It continues for one calendar year.
If you draw all of your benefits for that year in the first 26 weeks, you cannot receive any additional DE weekly benefit payment within that benefit year. Benefits cannot be paid in a second benefit year unless you received new employment, earned at least 10 times your new benefit amount, and met all other eligibility requirements.
There is also the possibility that you could receive an unemployment benefits extension if you have run through your regular unemployment insurance benefits, but this only occurs during a period of high unemployment. Extensions are covered in depth on our unemployment benefits extension page.
It is important to note that a claimant will have to serve a single one-week waiting period every year that he or she claims unemployment benefits. The waiting period occurs right after a beneficiary is accepted, and it does not affect the claimant’s maximum benefit amount.
If you have selected to claim benefits by using the Weekly Pay Authorization option and do not get a new Weekly Pay Authorization covering the weekly claim period in the mail within one week of the Sunday you mailed your last Weekly Pay Authorization, it is your responsibility to call the local unemployment insurance office on the next working day in order for your Weekly Pay Authorization to be received on time. You will be given a PIN when you call, which you can use in either the online or telephone system.
In addition, when you claim unemployment benefits, you will be asked whether you prefer direct deposit or a debit card to receive your payment. If you choose neither, you will automatically be placed on a debit card. Both of these require the use of a PIN. If you have certified your claim or checked the status of your unemployment insurance by using TeleBenefits or WebBenefits, a PIN has already been established, and that PIN can be used to sign up for direct deposit.
Bear in mind that unemployment benefits claims in Delaware are taxable if they are sufficient in amount either separate or together with your other income. These benefits will be listed on Form 1099-G which will be sent to you. You may elect to have federal taxes withheld from your check at a set rate of 10 percent.