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, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in Iowa?
You can apply online at http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/file1.htm, in person, or over the phone.
How much will I receive?
Your weekly benefit amount is determined by your gross wages from all covered employers in the high quarter of your base period, and by the number of dependents you claim. The minimum and maximum weekly benefit amounts change each year for new claims filed after the first Sunday in July.
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 make at least 2 employer contacts each week you claim benefits. You must register for work with the Iowa Workforce Development. Finally, you must accept suitable work.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
You must appeal within 10 calendar days from the date the decision was mailed to you. Your appeal may be submitted by mail or by fax. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.
For more information on Iowa's unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the Iowa State Website http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/index.html
Read the Claimant Handbook online http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/guide.htm or PDF http://www.iowaworkforce.org/ui/claimants/70-6200factsforworkers.pdf