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Qualifying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Questions about monetarily qualifying for unemployment insurance benefits are usually confined to the first part of the process on every new unemployment claim filed.   The monetary determination establishes a claim's ..

  • Benefit Year Beginning (BYB)
  • Benefit Year End (BYE)
  • Base Period (BP) and Covered Wages
  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
  • Any Income Subject to Being Deducted from the WBA
  • Chargeable Employer(s) 

An initial monetary determination can and should be appealed if you think it is incorrect.

But, the monetary is not the determination that finds you eligible to receive unemployment benefits.    Eligibility to receive benefits is subject to an investigation into the separation issue.


However, Benefit Accuracy Measurements (BAM) indicate that monetary determination errors are commonly made by even a state UI agency.  Alarmingly so ..  depending on the state and the year, of course.  So appeal when necessary.  

Note:   If  your monetary concern is an overpayment determination for benefits paid years ago,  I'd appeal it to save my appeal rights .. and then try to figure out what might of went wrong and gather evidence while I waited for the hearing notice.  Also,  overpayment amounts can be inflated and subject to potentially being reduced if they include benefits paid before a non-monetary eligibility issue with your claim arose.


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