Meeting Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Claim

The United States government has been generous in taking measures to temporarily assist unemployed workers in financial ways while they haven’t found a new job. This does not cover everybody who does not have a job. The funding for unemployment insurance (UI) comes from the taxes imposed on employers. It is only fair that people who will benefit from UI are those who have lost their jobs through business conditions beyond their control, who are still actively seeking for jobs, and are available for work anytime. In short, a person is considered to be unemployed if he hasn’t found a new job in the last four weeks but is taking efforts to find one because he is ready to work, too.

In order to become entitled of UI benefits, one must have received enough wages during the base or alternate period. He can be totally or partially unemployed. When we say partially unemployed, he is taking a part-time job because he cannot go full time due to employer’s choice. His unemployment is not due to his negligence or irresponsibility but brought about economic conditions. He should be physically capable of working and without any disabilities, which also means that he is ready to work anytime and willing to immediately accept work provided that the circumstances is suitable to him. It must be taken into account as well that he has been taking measures to find a job. Since benefits are filed and claimed weekly, he must also meet eligibility requirements on a weekly basis. The applicant should be approved for training to increase his chances of landing a job.

As for meeting eligibility requirement on a weekly basis, claimants are normally asked to complete a claim form every two weeks, sign it, date the form, and return it to the local office of the Department of Labor for payment. If the Department finds that the claimant no longer meets the eligibility requirements, the office will schedule a telephone interview to determine whether the benefits should be reduced or denied.