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?
You can apply online at http://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm, or in person.
How much will I receive?
Your weekly benefit amount will be 5% of the first $2,000 you earned in the highest quarter of your base period, PLUS 4% of the amount over $2,000 in the highest quarter limited to a maximum wage credit of $9,250. 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 (a form to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). 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 www.IndianaCAREERConnect.com. 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.
For more information on Indiana's unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the Indiana State Website http://www.in.gov/dwd/2334.htm
Read the Claimant Handbook http://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Claimant_Handbook.pdf