Iowa Unemployment Benefit Questions
What happens if I move out of Iowa?
If you filed a claim in Iowa and then moved out of state, go to or call the nearest public employment service office in the state where you live. That office will register you for work. You will be instructed by your resident state to call the Iowa Unemployment Insurance Service Center interstate line to change your address and telephone number. (You must notify the UI Service Center of any address changes because unemployment insurance correspondence may not be forwarded by the Postal Service.) You will continue to file your weekly-continued claims using the toll-free number in Iowa. Iowa will continue to be the state paying your benefits until you obtain work, exhaust benefits, or your benefit year expires.
How much can I make before it will affect my Unemployment Insurance?
If your gross earnings equal or exceed your weekly benefit amount plus $15.00, no unemployment payment will be made for the week. You must report your gross earnings. You can earn up to 25% of your weekly benefit amount before any deduction is made from your unemployment payment. Any earnings over 25% will be deducted dollar for dollar. This means you will be able to draw benefits over a longer period of time if you remain eligible.
Do I have to report my vacation pay/severance pay?
Severance pay is fully deductible from Unemployment Insurance benefits and must be reported week for week. Vacation pay has separate rules. You should report all vacation pay during the first week; however, the information from the employer in excess of one week will be used. Vacation pay is 100% deductible for one or more weeks. The number of weeks affected is determined by information we receive from the employer. Holiday pay is deductible as wages in the week in which the holiday falls.
If I get a job, how does that affect my Unemployment Insurance?
If you start a full-time job, you should stop calling in your weekly claim to discontinue claiming benefits. If you have started working part-time, you may continue to claim benefits as long as you continue to be able and available for work. Make and report your work search and report your gross wages as earned so that the wages will be correctly deducted from your weekly benefit amount. To determine your gross wages earned, multiply the number of hours worked for the week by your hourly rate of pay.
Working part-time will extend the time you may draw benefits, but the maximum benefit amount will not change. You must report all gross wages when earned, not when paid. While working part-time, if you were initially required to make a search for employment, then you must continue to look for work and be able and available to accept work if offered to you. If your gross wages equal or exceed your weekly benefit amount plus $15, you will not receive an unemployment insurance payment for that week. If this happens for four weeks in a row, you will need to reapply if your part-time earnings are reduced once more.
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