Idaho 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 $2340 in the base period in Idaho?
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: (208) 332-3570 (24 hours per day, 7 days a week) to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim. For local offices the hours of operation is 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to noon Friday and closed on holidays. In the Boise dialing area call 334-4700 and outside the Boise dialing area call your local office and enter Option 7.
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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 Idaho?
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 Idaho?
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:
Idaho Unemployment Questions
How do I file a claim?
If you are unemployed and wish to file a claim you may:
File your claim during your first week of total or partial unemployment—to delay may cost you benefits.
What if I am not working, but being paid severance pay?
If you are receiving pay for a specific period of time and being paid on your regularly scheduled pay periods, you must divide your severance pay by the number of weeks covered and report that amount each week you certify.
What if I am not working, but continuing to be paid by my separating employer in compliance with WARN requirements?
Claimants are not required to report Warn Act payments on their weekly certification.
What information do I need to have with me when I file?
The amount you receive for unemployment is based up your past earnings. We use the wages you earned in a period of time that we call your base period1. We use the highest quarterly amount from your base period and divide that amount by 26 to determine the maximum amount you may receive per week on unemployment. For example, if your highest base period quarter was $2600, we would divide that number by 26 and you would be eligible for a maximum of $100 per week. The current range for unemployment weekly benefits runs from $72.00 per week minimum to $334.00 per week maximum. We use the wages reported to us by employers that you have worked for in Idaho. We can use wages from other states, from work done as a federal employee, and if you were active duty in the military (with some restrictions). When you file for benefits, you will receive a form called a Monetary Determination. This form shows your base period, the employers who reported wages to us during the base period, and the amounts they reported. It will also show your weekly benefit amount, and the total amount you may draw during your benefit year. If you think that any of the information is wrong on your Monetary Determination, you must contact the Department of Labor within 14 days from the mailing date of the Monetary Determination. (Click here for a list of the Idaho Department of Labor locations in Idaho.) You should be prepared to show some kind of proof as to why the amounts shown are wrong, or proof that an employer you worked for does not show up on the Monetary Determination. We will investigate and possibly contact the employers you worked for to try and find out what the correct amounts are. You will receive a Monetary Re-Determination after we complete the investigation.
How many weeks can I collect unemployment insurance benefits?
The law has a formula for calculating how many weeks of unemployment insurance benefits that you may qualify for on your claim. The number of weeks of full entitlement you can receive will vary between 10 weeks at a minimum and 26 weeks at a maximum. The formula is a ratio of your total base period wages divided by your highest base period quarter. Basically, the person who earns a consistent wage in each quarter in the base period1 is awarded more weeks of unemployment. A person who has periods in the base period where they did not work as much, or earned much more than the other quarters will have their number of weeks reduced because of the ratio formula. In some instances, a person who earns substantially more in one quarter than in the three remaining quarters may not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. This situation is referred to as "high quarter." When you file a claim for unemployment, it is set up for a 52-week period. If you draw a full weekly benefit amount each week, you will run out of money in the number of weeks that you are entitled to. You can work and draw unemployment. (See question Can I work and still collect unemployment insurance benefits?) If you work part-time and are not able to find a full-time job, your unemployment benefits may last the entire 52 weeks. It just depends on what rate you draw those benefits out.
What is a base period?
The base period is the four quarters of earnings that are used to determine how much unemployment you qualify for. Idaho Department of Labor uses a regular base period of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you do not qualify using the regular base period, you may qualify using the alternate base period of the last four completed calendar quarters.
Overpayments and Fraud
Benefits are paid to you based on the eligibility information available at the time you phone in your Tel-A-Claim report, submit your Internet Continued Claim report or turn in your Continued Claim report. An overpayment may occur if the Department receives additional or contradictory information relating to your eligibility after benefits have been paid to you.
Engaging in any of the following acts is a felony crime in Idaho:
You or a current or previous employer may protest any decision regarding your eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Your protest must be in writing and be signed. When a protest is filed and a new decision is reached, a written document will be issued telling you the reasons for the new decision. There are four decision-making levels. Decisions made at the first three levels may be protested by you or by an interested party.
Re-Employment Eligibility Assessment: You may be required to provide the Department with you work search contacts or participate in an in person interview with a Workforce Consultant from your local office. You may receive a letter instructing you to input your weekly contacts for a specific week of benefits via the internet at labor.idaho.gov/iw. Failure to provide this information when requested will result in your benefits being stopped. The contacts you list will be verified with the employers. You may also be required to participate in an in person interview with a Workforce Consultant at your local office. The interview is designed to help you return to work in the shortest time possible. The Consultant may assist you with labor market information, resumes, and innovative ideas for seeking work. Failure to participate will result in your benefits being stopped.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Idaho is $72.
The maximum benefits amount in Idaho is $343
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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