Am I eligible to receive benefits?
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 week in which you file your application for benefits, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in Vermont?
Your initial application must be done over the phone. You will be able to file weekly online.
How much will I receive?
Your weekly benefit amount is based on gross wages paid to you as reported by your former, liable employer(s), and will be calculated by adding the wages in the 2 highest quarters of your base period, dividing by 45, and rounding to the next whole dollar.
How long will I receive these benefits?
You may be eligible for a maximum benefit amount equal to 26 weeks times your weekly benefit amount or 46% of your base period wages, whichever is less. Being fired for misconduct will lead to a cap on the maximum number of weeks to be claimed in a benefit year, not to exceed 23 full weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must file weekly claims, be able to work, and available for work. Vermont requires that you contact 3 employers each week to be actively seeking work. You must keep a record of your work search contact, and forms to help you do this can be found in the Claimant Handbook. You must accept suitable work, and report any wages made.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
All appeals must be submitted in writing by mail, by email, by fax, or in person. Appeals must be submitted no later than 30 days from the date of the decision. Also, you must continue to file for weekly benefits, as you will only be paid benefits for the weeks you filed if you win your appeal.
For more information on Vermont's unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the State of Vermont Website http://labor.vermont.gov/Unemployed/tabid/109/Default.aspx
Read the Claimant Handbook http://labor.vermont.gov/Portals/0/UI/B-11%20Claimant%20Handbook.pdf