The Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) offers Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to those people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. The UI benefits program also encourages unemployed people to get re-employed. Below, we have listed eligibility requirements to qualify for UI benefits and much more information about the program.
Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Maryland
Applicants must meet the monetary and job separation eligibility requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in Maryland.
An applicant can monetarily qualify for unemployment benefits if he or she has earned the wages in at least two quarters in his or her base period and has minimum wages as defined by the state in the highest quarter of the base period. If the applicant does not have sufficient wages in the base period, DUI will consider wages in the alternate base period.
An applicant must submit the following documents to apply for UI benefits in Maryland:
An applicant can file for unemployment benefits using the following methods:
Online is one of the fastest ways to apply for Maryland unemployment benefits. The applicant must visit the BEACON 2.0 claimant portal, register, and complete the application to file online.
Alternatively, the applicant can file for benefits by reaching out to live claims agents. The applicant can call 1-667-207-6520, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
How To File Weekly Claims
The claimant must file weekly certifications for each week he or she wishes to collect UI benefits. The weekly certification can be filed by the BEACON mobile app called “MD Unemployment for Claimants” or by calling 667-207-6520. While filing weekly certification, the claimant must answer several questions to certify his or her ongoing eligibility for UI benefits. When the certification is submitted, the claimant will receive a confirmation number that should be noted for future reference.
The UI benefits amount depends on the base period wages. A claimant can receive a maximum of $430 and a minimum of $50 weekly benefit amount under the Maryland Unemployment Insurance program.
The benefits calculator can be used to determine the estimated weekly unemployment benefit amount.
Disclaimer: The estimates are good in faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for any loss and damages caused by using the tools on our website. This calculator is here to assist you in evaluating what you might obtain if you are entitled to receive benefits. We make no promises that the sum you receive will be equal to what the calculator illustrates.
There are several aspects that a claimant must know after filing for Maryland Unemployment Insurance.
At times, claimants may receive benefit amount more than he or she is entitled to. The unemployment overpayment occurs due to false statements, failure to report wages, administrative errors, or reversal of previous unemployment decisions. If a claimant receives overpayment, DUI will send an overpayment notice which includes repayment instructions. If the claimant fails to pay back the overpaid amount, the Department will deduct the amount from future benefits or withhold lottery winnings to recover the amount.
Overpayment Through Fraud
If a claimant receives overpayment due to false statements or wilful misinterpretation, he or she will have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 and interest on the overpaid amount. In addition, the claimant will be disqualified from receiving benefits and may also face imprisonment.
Generally, the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance provides benefits for up to 26 weeks. But if the state’s unemployment rate is too high, the Division may provide extended benefits. Visit DUI to know more about extended benefits.
Job Training Assistance
Maryland’s Workforce System, composed of a partnership between the twelve Workforce Development Boards and the thirty American Job Centers, helps adults and dislocated workers to get easy access to resources, including training, and secure a suitable job.
Also, Maryland Workforce Exchange helps job seekers to search for current openings in their community. The job seekers can research in-demand careers, create multiple resumes to apply for jobs, and find occupational training that meets their needs.
Q. Can I qualify for UI benefits if I refuse to take a job?
You must accept a suitable job to qualify for UI benefits, unless the job offered doesn’t match your previous experience, skills, and wages. If you refuse a job without a valid reason, you will be disqualified from receiving benefits.
Q. How can I do it if my claim is rejected?
You can file an unemployment appeal if your claim is rejected. You can file an appeal to the following address: Lower Appeals Division 1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 505 Baltimore, MD 21201 Telephone: 410-767-2421 Fax: 410-225-9781 E-mail: UILowerAppeals.Labor@maryland.gov A hearing will be scheduled when you appeal during which the Hearing Examiner will review your proof and make a decision. If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal with the Board of appeal.
Q. When will I receive a debit card?
You will receive a "Notice of First Benefit Payment Approval and Mailing of Your Bank of America Debit Card," if your benefit payments are approved. Under normal circumstances, you will receive your debit card within 10 days business days following the date you received the mail.