Qualified For Unemployment But Have Not Been Paid Benefits Yet
Hello, I filed for unemployment for the first time on 10/26/12. About two weeks later, I received my wage transcript and determination in the mail, which said I was eligible for a weekly benefit about of $275. I also received a letter reminding me to claim my weeks online on 11/12/12. I did as I was told and filed my claim on that date, reported my work search information, etc. Four days later, I still haven't received my first payment. When I go online to check my status, it tells me my weekly benefit amount, my available credits, the next date to claim my weeks, etc. But it also says "No payments have been issued on your claim." I'm wondering is it supposed to take longer than three or four days? Or did something go wrong? Please help, I'm very new to this and still don't quite understand how this works.
I would expect it to take just a bit longer before you receive benefits.
I didn't notice that you mentioned receiving the non-monetary determination which is what actually determines eligibility to receive weekly, or bi-weekly unemployment payments.
The non-monetary is always the second determination to be issued on all claims and the one that is most often appealed by employers.
Receiving unemployment benefits is contingent upon an investigation into whether you lost your job through no fault of your own for the reason associated with the circumstances for the separation from work.
When you filed your claim, a notice of claim filed went out to your last employer and any others found in the base period.
Unless the reason for separation you gave when applying is a lay off and this is confirmed by the last employer's response, barring any outstanding disqualification from earlier employers in your base period .. it shouldn't take longer than about six weeks to finally get that first payment (which should include backpay for the weeks you've been claiming, until you settle down into being regularly paid.
The typical procedure before a non-monetary determination is issued on a quit or discharge is to investigate and resolve the non-monetary issue before payment of benefits for any weeks you're claiming are actually paid.
So, to keep the claims procedure straight for myself, qualifying is all about the monetary determination and eligibility is about the second non-monetary determination which clears you to begin collecting.