Indiana 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 $4200 in the base period in Indiana?
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: 1-800-891-6499 (8:00 to 5:00 Monday-Tuesday and 8:00 to 4:30 Wednesday-Friday) to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim.
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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 Indiana?
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 Indiana?
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:
Indiana Unemployment Questions
How do I apply for unemployment benefits?
To apply for unemployment benefits, go to Uplink CSS, the online system for unemployment insurance claims or if you don't have internet access, go to your nearest full service WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed. You will be required to report your last employer's name, mailing address, phone number & dates of employment as well as your address, social security number & phone number.
How much am I entitled to receive in unemployment benefits?
Benefits are based upon total wages earned during your base period. The minimum amount paid per week in Indiana is $50, while the maximum is currently $390. The highest quarter of your base period determines your weekly amount. A claimant would need at least $9,250 in their highest quarter to receive $390 per week.
What is my password?
A password is the 8 to 20 characters (letters or numbers) you created when you entered your application into the Uplink CSS, our online system for filing your claims. If you have forgotten your password, please contact the Help Line at 1-800-891-6499 or your local WorkOne Center. The local center or Help Line can reset the system, so that you can enter a new password.
When will I receive my first payment?
You should receive your first payment within 3 weeks if there are no issues on your claim for benefits. You are not paid benefits for the first week you claim after filing for benefits (the first voucher you submit) because this is your waiting period week.
What are issues, and why are there issues on my claim?
An issue can be associated with your claim if circumstances occur such as being terminated from your last employer or you were eligible for severance or vacation pay at the time of separation. Other issues may occur due to how you answered the questions on your voucher. These issues must be resolved before payments can be released.
Why don't I receive a check for my first voucher?
Indiana law requires a one waiting period week, which means you do not receive a check for the first week of your claim if you meet eligibility requirements.
Why is my claim being reviewed?
Issues associated with your claim will cause a review of your claim and delay payment of benefits.
Why was I told I could draw benefits for a year?
All claims for unemployment benefits are in effect for a 52-week period called a benefit year. However, the maximum number of weeks full benefits are paid is 26, with some claims having fewer weeks. If you are paid all 26 weeks of a claim before the expiration of the benefit year, you will not be eligible to file a new claim until that benefit year ends.
What is my Benefit Year-End (BYE) date?
Your Benefit Year-End (BYE) date is the Saturday that ends the 52nd week after you filed your claim for unemployment benefits. Your local WorkOne Center can provide you with this date. Also, it is located on your monetary determination that was mailed to you after filing your claim.
Received a "Notice of Overpayment" and can't afford to pay all this back at once. Can I make?
Yes, to talk to someone about a repayment agreement, call 317-233-4838 or 317-233-4839.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Indiana is $50.
The maximum benefits amount in Indiana is $390
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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