Filing an Unemployment Claim - Oklahoma

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You must be 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.

Your benefit amount will depend on your base period wages, but it will not be less than $16. The maximum amount is dependent on the conditional factor of the trust fund.

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.

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. To be actively seeking work, you must contact 2 employers each week you file, and you may not repeat employers from a previous week until 4 weeks have passed since you last contacted them. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

You must appeal within 10 days of the mailing date of the decision for denial. You can file your appeal by mail, by fax, by email, by telephone, or in person. The mailing address, fax number, telephone number, and email address will be included in your decision for denial. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.