Employment Law -- Employee
What Are The Eligibility Requirements To Draw Unemployment Benefits?
To be eligible to receive benefits, the nonmonetary requirements each week are as follows:
- Be physically and mentally able to work.
- Be either totally unemployed or performing less than fulltime work and earning less than oneandonequarter (1¼) times your weekly benefit rate (a claimant earning less than this amount and working less than fulltime may qualify for partial benefits, with 80% of his earnings deducted from his weekly benefits).
- Be available for suitable work and making a reasonable effort to find employment.
- Register for work with the Department for Employment Services.
- Claim benefits for each week of unemployment.
You must also meet monetary requirements as follows:
- Earned at least $750 in one quarter of your base period;
- Total base period wages equal to at least 1 1/2 times your high quarter wages and total base period wages outside the high quarter must be at least $750; and
- wages in the last six months of your base period equal to not less than 8 times your weekly benefit rate.