Indiana Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 25th, 2019
In order to remain eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, you must meet the following requirements.
Non Monetary Eligibility
- Become unemployed through no fault of your own
- Must be able, available and actively seeking full-time
- Be registered for work
- Must quit voluntarily with good, work-related reasons
- Must be fired for “just cause”
Your benefit amount depends on how much money you earn while working during your base period.
Your base period includes the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week you file an initial claim application for a new benefit year. The wages you earn during this period of time are used to determine if you qualify for benefits and to calculate how much you can be paid. The last quarter worked is called the lag quarter, and no wages from that quarter count in your base period.
To establish a valid claim, you must meet the following requirements:
- During your base period months, you must have wages of $4200 of which $2500 must be in the last 6 months of the base period
- Also, your total wages in the base period must be at least 1.5 times your highest quarter wages
What happens if I am fired?
A claims deputy within the agency’s administrative office will need to make a determination of whether or not you are eligible for benefits. You must provide fact finding information as part of your online application. Your benefit eligibility determination will be based on the fact finding information you provide, as well as information provided by your employers. Your most recent employer and your base period employer(s) will be contacted for information regarding your claim.
If you were fired for “just cause” you may not qualify for benefits. Just cause includes, but is not limited to:
- Giving false information on a job application
- Knowingly breaking an employer’s rules
- Unexcused absence or tardiness
- Purposely damaging the employer’s property
- Refusal to obey employer instructions
- Reporting to work under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Consuming drugs and/or alcohol on the job
- Conduct that threatens the safety of others
- Conviction and imprisonment for a serious crime
- Breach of a duty you owed your employer
What should I do if I am laid off?
Usually in Indiana, you have to become jobless through no fault of your own in order to receive unemployment benefit insurance.
When you get laid-off, it is not your fault and hence you are entitled to receive jobless benefits.
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something incorrect. It simply means that the company in which you worked did not have enough work and could no longer afford to pay you for your job.
If you get laid off, you must apply for benefits without any delay.
Can I collect benefits if I quit my job?
If you quit voluntarily without good, work-related reasons, you may not be entitled for benefits. Good, work related reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Your employer arbitrarily (unreasonably) changes the terms or conditions of your work
- Safety violations at your work site
- Domestic or family violence
- Moving to follow a spouse accepting a new job
- Military service
Employees who accept payment in exchange for voluntarily resigning or retiring are considered to have quit voluntarily and are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
Can I get benefits if I am a seasonal worker?
If your employer has been granted seasonal status (the business operates less than 26 weeks a year) and has requested the designation of seasonal employer, you will not be eligible for benefits during the off season. You will be notified if your employer has been granted seasonal status on your Wage and Benefit Computation.
Can school employees collect benefits during school vacations?
Not usually. If teachers and other school employees expect to return to school at the end of scheduled breaks, they may not qualify for benefits. Some exceptions do apply.
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