Utah Unemployment Insurance Claims and Benefits
Updated : July 9th, 2012
Unemployment insurance is the temporary financial assistance provided by the state unemployment agencies to the eligible unemployed or part time workers. Claimants should be unemployed through no fault of their own and must be either looking for full time work, in approved training, or awaiting call letter or unemployment.
Utah Eligibility Criteria
Losing job won’t be the sufficient condition to receive unemployment insurance benefits. There are some additional criteria you should meet to be eligible to receive the compensation. Here are those conditions:
- You must be partially or absolutely unemployed through no fault of your own.
- You must be a US citizen or legally authorized to work in the US.
- You must have sufficient earnings in the base period to establish a monetary entitlement.
- You must have worked and was paid wages for employment in at least two of the base period quarters that are being used.
- You must have earned at least $3200 in total wages in the base period and earned 1.5 times the high quarter. If you do not have 1 1/2 times your high quarter wages in your current base period, you may qualify under the same conditions by using your Alternate Base Period, which would be the most recent four completed calendar quarters.
- You must have a valid Utah claim.
- You must file a weekly claim.
- You must be able and available for full-time work.
- You must be willing to actively seek full-time work in the US.
- You must reside in the United States.
- Officials of Utah Unemployment Insurance Agency will obtain necessary information from you and your employer and will determine your eligibility for benefits.
Source of Utah’s Unemployment Insurance
Funding source for unemployment insurance compensation is benefited from the quarterly unemployment insurance taxes paid by employers. Employees need not pay or contribute any fund for the unemployment insurance fund.
Filing Your Claim
Utah Dept. of Unemployment Services expects employers to report all wages paid to each employee on a quarterly basis. Unemployment tax is not assessed on wages that exceed the annual wage base; on the other hand, the employer must report all wages paid to them regularly.
Every business must complete a Status Report, Form 1, which informs them of whether they are subject to state unemployment tax and allows them to register their business. If subject to taxes, the employer files his/her reports on Forms 3 and 3H — Employer’s Contribution Report and Employer’s Quarterly Wage List, respectively.
First and foremost, visit the official website of the Utah Department of Workforce Services and click on the option File New- for new claim or Reopen Claim option to renew the UI benefit.
Online application page has got four sections. Click on continue to begin the procedure of filling the application from personal information section. After you complete every section, you can’t go back and make any changes, so be conscious while filling the form.
Wait at least two weeks before contacting anyone if you do not receive your unemployment check; sometimes it takes that long to process your requests. You can call 801-526-WORK (9675) with any questions regarding your claim.
Duration of Utah Unemployment Benefit
A formula is used to determine benefits amount based on your earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Multiply your total wages for insured work paid during the base period by 27%, disregarding any fractions of $1 and divide by your weekly benefit amount, disregarding any fractions. The result will be a preliminary determination of the number of weeks you are entitled to receive benefits. Utah has a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 26 weeks of regular benefits.
Utah Weekly Benefit Amount
The highest quarter during your base period divided by 26 determines the benefit amount you will receive per week of unemployment, up to a maximum of $467 for new claims.