Arkansas Unemployment Benefits
The Arkansas Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits provide temporary financial protection during periods when you are unemployed through no fault of your own. The UI program is administered by the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services and funded by the employers through payroll tax. Read on to know more about the Arkansas unemployment benefits program.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Arkansas
You must meet certain eligibility criteria to qualify for unemployment benefits in Arkansas. They include:
You must meet two monetary requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in Arkansas. They are:
- You must have covered wages in at least 2 quarters of your base period
- Your total base period wages must not be less than 35 times your Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
Note that the Workforce Services will consider the ‘alternate base period’ if you don’t have sufficient wages in your regular base period.
Regular Base Period – It is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters.
The Alternate Base Period – It is the four completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the quarter in which you filed an initial claim.
You will qualify for Arkansas unemployment benefits only if you have lost your job through no fault of your own. The Workforce Services will disqualify you from receiving benefits if you are unemployed due to any of the following reasons:
- You quit your job without good cause
- You were fired or discharged for misconduct
- You were fired for failing a drug test
You must maintain your eligibility as long as you want to receive Arkansas unemployment benefits. You can maintain your eligibility in the following ways:
Able To Work – You must be physically and mentally able to perform suitable work.
Available For Work – You must be available to take up a job. There should be no personal or other reasons that stop you from accepting suitable work.
Actively Seek Work – You must actively look for suitable work. This includes making efforts to secure work by reaching out to people with hiring authority, union local, etc.
Register With DWS Employment Services – You must register with DWS Employment Services and contact a specific number of employers each week.
Document Work Search Activities – You must record your work search activities and submit them to the Workforce Services whenever you are asked to.
How To Apply For UI Benefits In Arkansas?
You must submit the following documents to apply for UI benefits in Arkansas:
You can file for Arkansas unemployment benefits through any of the following methods:
It is the easiest and fastest way to apply for unemployment benefits. You can file for benefits online at the EZARC link.
Visit Job Center
You can visit your nearest Division of Workforce Services and apply for benefits if you don’t have access to the internet or computer.
Note – You must serve a waiting period during which you will not receive any payments.
How To File Weekly Claims?
You must file weekly claims for each week you wish to receive benefits. You can file your weekly claim by visiting www.arknet.arkansas.gov or calling 1-501-907-2590. Note that you won’t receive payments for the weeks you failed to file a certification.
UI Benefits Amount
The weekly UI benefits amount depends on your wages in your base period. The maximum WBA you can receive in Arkansas is $451, and the minimum is $81.
Use the benefits calculator to determine the estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Things To Know After Filing An Application
You must know several aspects after filing for Arkansas Unemployment Insurance. They include:
You may sometimes receive a benefit amount more than you are entitled to. Unemployment overpayment occurs due to false misinterpretation, administrative errors, failure to report wages and other information, and reversal of previous unemployment decisions.
If you receive an unemployment overpayment, you must repay it to the Unemployment Compensation Fund. If you fail to pay back, the Department may recover the amount by deducting the amount from any future benefits payable to you.
Overpayment Through Fraud
If you receive unemployment overpayment through fraudulent practices, you may be required to pay a penalty of 15% of the amount of the overpayment and disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.
Generally, you can receive Arkansas unemployment benefits for up to a maximum 26 weeks. However, if the state’s unemployment rate is high, the Workforce Services may provide extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
Along with the One-Stop Workforce Centers, the state of Arkansas offers Reemployment Services to help unemployed people like you find a new job. Some of the services offered include:
- Supportive Services Case Assessment
- Job Search Programs
- Job Development
- Job Referrals
- Employment Counseling