Delaware Unemployment Eligibility
To receive benefits you must fulfill each of these requirements.
Non Monetary Eligibility
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own
- You must be able, available and actively seeking work
- You must register and participate in required services with the division of Employment and Training
- You must quit job with good cause attributable to your work
- You must be discharged from your job for just cause in connection with your work (unless exempt by law)
To be eligible for Delaware benefits, you must have been paid at least thirty-six times your weekly benefit amount by a covered employer in your base period. The amount of your benefit (WBA) will be 1/46 of your wages in the two highest wage quarters in the base period. However, an eligible claimant will not receive less than $20 or more than $330 a week.
Note: The base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed as of the Sunday before you file your first claim for benefits.
What Happens if I am fired?
You qualify for unemployment benefits if terminated without cause. If fired for misconduct, lateness, unexcused absence or violation of company rules, you lose the right to unemployment benefits.
Check with your local unemployment office to establish unemployment eligibility. If you experience a denial after filing for unemployment benefits, avail yourself of the chance to appeal the decision.
Can I collect benefits if I quit?
You generally won’t get benefits if you quit a job. In case the employer can show evidence or documentation that your termination occurred because you failed to execute your job, Delaware may deny your unemployment claim.
Telephone interviews usually take place within 2 weeks after you file a claim. The interviewer will ask questions about the reason(s) you quit work and try to verify that you tried to work out a solution to the problem with your employer. Interviewers may ask about current work offers and verify you can work. Proving eligibility for unemployment after quitting a job is your responsibility. It is essential that you document any conditions that led up to your quitting and actions you took when trying to continue your employment. The department tries to resolve claims as quickly as possible after you file.
Can I draw unemployment if I am laid off?
When it comes to unemployment benefits, laid-off workers have the opportunity to apply for and receive unemployment compensation because their employment at the company is essentially over.
If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.
Getting laid-off does not mean you were fired or you did something wrong. It only means that the company that you worked did not have sufficient work and could no longer pay you for the job.
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