Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in Indiana?
How much will I receive?
You can determine your weekly benefit amount by dividing your total base period wages by 52. Then, multiply that number by 0.47. Your weekly benefit amount should be rounded down to the next whole dollar amount. Your WBA is based on your total wages earned in the base period. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $390, as set by Indiana law.
How long will I receive these benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must continue to file weekly. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities either on the Indiana Career Connect page or using the work search activity log. To be actively seeking employment, you must, at minimum, look for work at 3 locations each week you claim benefits. You must register for work within 10 days of your initial application at Indiana Career Connect. After their fourth week of benefits, claimants must visit their local WorkOne for a review of their work search records and an orientation to WorkOne services. Finally, you must accept suitable work.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
You must mail or fax your appeal within 10 calendar days from the date the decision was mailed to you (noted on the front of the determination). Your appeal must be in writing. Also, you should keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you could only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal. Finally, you must attend the hearing, or your appeal will be dismissed.
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