Delaware Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $720 in the base period in Delaware?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: 1(800) 794-3032 or (302) 761-6576(available 7 days a week, 24 hours per day). TeleBenefits for any claim period can be filed by 10:30 a.m.
Visit UC Center:
You can’t seem to find assistance on call? No worries. Visit one of the UC center and let the specialist help you out. Please note that wait times can be longer but assistance is guaranteed.
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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Delaware?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Delaware?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
Delaware Unemployment Questions
How do I know if I'm eligible?
There are certain wage requirements based on the amount of money that you were paid while you were employed. The amount of money you were paid during your base period (the first four of last five completed calendar quarters) determines your "weekly benefit amount (WBA)". In addition, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own, able to work, available for work, looking for work and willing to accept a job for which you are qualified.
How much can I recieve in benefits?
The booklet Your Guide to Unemployment Insurance Benefits that you will receive when you file your new claim includes a "Weekly Benefit Amount Chart" that indicates the range of minimum to maximum benefits for which you may be eligible. The amount is known as the "weekly benefit amount (WBA)". The current range provided by the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Law is $20 to $330.
How is my Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) determined?
The weekly benefit amount (WBA) is based on the amount that you were paid during the base period. The base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed as of the Sunday before you file your first claim for benefits. Your weekly benefit amount will be 1/46th of your two highest calendar quarters in the base period. If you worked full-time during the four quarters, your WBA will be a little more than half your gross weekly wage up to the maximum weekly benefit amount in effect at the time.
How do I know if I am monetarily eligible and how much money I will actually get?
You will receive a form called a "Determination of Monetary Eligibility." It will show your base period wages and your weekly benefit amount if you are monetarily eligible. The " Monetary Determination," is mailed to you within 3 days after you file your claim. This is for your records and it contains a completed copy of your base period earnings. It lists all the employers who are covered by the Delaware Unemployment Insurance Law and all wages these employers reported under your Social Security number and your name during the base period. It also shows your "Weekly Benefit Amount" and the maximum amount of benefits you could be eligible to receive.
What are my responsibilities as a claimant?
If you are receiving unemployment insurance benefits, you must be able to work and available for work. In addition, you must make an active search for work, register for work with the Division of Employment and Training when required to do so, accept suitable work as defined by law, file a weekly claim for benefits properly and on time (see the question, How often do I file claims and when must I file claims?, for more information), and report to the local unemployment insurance office when directed to do so. You must report all wages, including self-employment and odd jobs, pensions, annuities, holiday pay, vacation pay, severance pay, and bonuses and special payments.
What type of notices will I receive?
There are many types of notices that will be sent to you while you are filing for unemployment insurance. Read all notices you receive carefully. If you have any questions, call the UI office immediately. Occasionally, you will receive a notice asking that you report to the local office or to be available by telephone at a specific date and time if we need additional information from you. If you have filed any type of appeal, you will get a notice telling you the time, date and place of your appeal hearing. You may be called in periodically for an Eligibility Review Interview. You will be given an "Eligibility Review Questionnaire" when you file your claim. Also, you may periodically be sent an "Eligibility Review Questionnaire" to complete and return to us. The questionnaire helps us offer you assistance in searching for work, and enables us to make sure you are still available for full-time work and that you are actively seeking work. It tells us whether you are also meeting the other eligibility requirements of the law. Therefore, it is important that you carefully and thoughtfully complete the form and that you appear on time on the correct date when scheduled for an "Eligibility Review Interview." Failure to do so may result in your benefits being denied or delayed.
What if I have moved to Delaware from an area outside of the state?
Your claim is governed by the laws of the State against which you file. This is called an "Interstate" claim. The Delaware office will take your claim and forward all the information to the State where you worked. Any benefits you receive will be paid by the State against which you filed and will be mailed directly to your home. You must meet all the requirements of that state's laws in order to be eligible. Also, you must be registered for work with the Delaware Job Service when required to do so and must be actively looking for work in the area where you now live. Since the laws of each State are different, it is possible that your base period, benefit year and check amount will be different from that of a Delaware worker. Your claim is governed by the laws of the State against which you file (the State that pays your benefits). You may file in Delaware against any of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Note: Different States may also have different penalties, rules for dependents' allowances and sick claims. Also, other deductions may be required.
Can I have my unemployment check deposited directly into my checking/savings account?
The Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance is pleased to offer Direct Deposit of unemployment insurance benefits to new and existing claimants. With Direct Deposit your weekly unemployment insurance benefits payment is electronically deposited into your checking or savings account as long as your financial institution participates in the Direct Deposit program. It is your responsibility to verify that your financial institution will accept Direct Deposit to your account. Some banks and credit unions will not accept Direct Deposit or they require that a special account number be used for Direct Deposit. Many brokerage accounts will not accept electronic transactions of any type.
Can I file for unemployment benefits online via the internet?
You can file your claim for unemployment benefits online via the internet. This site permits an unemployed Delaware worker to file an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits via the Internet. Apply online at ui.delawareworks.com
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Delaware is $20.
The maximum benefits amount in Delaware is $330
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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