Missouri Unemployment Eligibility
To be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments in Missouri, you must meet certain requirements.
Non Monetary Eligibility
- You lost your job recently through no fault of your own
- You must be available, able and willing to work. This means you have no illness, injury, or personal circumstances that would keep you from working
- You are unable to work due to a natural disaster
- You have quit your job for good cause directly attributable to the employer
- Termination from job for misconduct
- You must report all wages earned each week, even if you won’t be paid until later. This includes tips, commissions, bonuses, show-up time, military reserve pay, board, and lodging
- Refusing an offer of work may result in denial of UI benefits
- Make at least $2,250—at least $1,500 during one of the calendar quarters, and at least $750 during the remainder of the base period—from an insured employer during your base period
- AND your total base period wages must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages.
- OR you must make at least $19,500 during two of the four base period quarters.
Eligible claimants may receive up to 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits through the state.
Can I draw unemployment if I am fired?
To qualify for unemployment benefits as a terminated employee, you must be able to prove that your employer terminated you illegally.
You cannot receive unemployment benefits if your separation from employment happened because of a termination for misconduct. Missouri court rulings have defined misconduct as “wanton or willful” policy or procedural violations. A blatant refusal to follow reasonable work directives is an example of misconduct. Occasional absenteeism, or extended absenteeism because of a legitimate reason such as an illness or family emergency, usually is not misconduct. Isolated poor performances or honest mistakes are not instances of misconduct.
Your employer cannot terminate you for filing a wage complaint, filing a complaint based on discriminatory conduct or for exercising any other of your legally protected rights. If your employer terminated you because of your age, race, national origin, religion, gender or disability, then you will be eligible for unemployment benefits, but you may be required to prove your employer terminated you for those reasons.
If the state approves your claim, you will receive weekly benefits for up to 26 weeks, and you may qualify for additional federal benefits if you are still not working after exhausting your state benefits. You will be required to submit a weekly certification that you are looking for a job and able to work.
I have quit my job. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
Unemployment benefits in Missouri are for employees whose separation from employment is because of a lack of work or another reason they cannot control.
If you quit your job, you usually will not be entitled for unemployment benefits. The state makes an exception if you have “good cause directly attributable to the employer.” Leaving for personal reasons, or because you are bored or dissatisfied with your job, for example, generally will not allow you to receive unemployment benefits. On the other hand, mistreatment by your employer, such as verbal abuse or harassment, usually is good cause.
Can I obtain unemployment benefits after getting laid-off?
Normally, in Missouri you have to lose your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.
In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. It simply implies that the company in which you worked did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.
If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.
I was on EUC08 and was told I qualify for a new claim. The weekly benefit amount is lower than my EUC08. Can I stay on the EUC08?
In most conditions, the regular Missouri unemployment claim must run out of money before EUC08 payments can be made. However, a claimant can carry on collecting EUC08 payments instead of regular UI payments if the WBA on the regular claim is at least 25 percent less than the WBA on the EUC08 claim. You can go back to your regular claim if you either draw out all the money on your EUC08 claim or the EUC08 programs ends on Dec. 28, 2013, providing the regular claim is still in effect.
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