Nevada Unemployment Benefit Questions

When should I file benefits if I am receiving severance and/or vacation pay? Does receiving this pay disqualify me for Unemployment Benefits? For how long?

You should file your claim immediately upon becoming unemployed. During the interview process, you will be asked to report your severance and/or vacation pay. Your period of disqualification will be determined through Adjudication. Click here for more information on Unemployment Benefits, including applying online.

What do I do if I don’t have money to get back from a job?

If you are enrolled in one of the WIA programs, you may be eligible for transportation costs for a short period of time. There are no subsidies for employed individuals. For more information, get personal service from your local Nevada JobConnect Office.

Would an employer’s recent trend of laying off people and “shrinking” operations be enough to prove poor economic conditions within the company, or would more be required?

Even if an employer is laying individuals off due to a shortage of work, a person may be considered to be discharged if the reason for their separation was based on a cause other than a lack of work. Each case is reviewed individually and the circumstances surrounding the separation are taken into account when determining the nature of the separation.

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  1. Was laid off in July. Received 10 weeks severance. I filed my initial claim right after being laid off and severance was paid in a lump sum. The system said I was ineligible for unemployment while I was receiving severance so I did not file weekly claims during that 10 week period. I started filing my weekly claims at the end of the 10 week period.
    That was a month ago. I still have “Deductible Income – Pending Resolution” showing on my claim.
    There is no clear info on whether I should have been filing weekly claims from day one during the ineligibility period or waiting until the end of 10 weeks.

    Will I be paid from my initial weekly filing or are they going to start the 10 week clock from when I actually started the weekly filings?

    1. Brian,

      It all depends on the outcome of the investigation. If you filed right from “day 1”, you should be paid retrospectively (provided they approved it). I suggest you follow up regularly until you have a concrete update.

  2. My position was eliminated from my job in February and I received the equivalent of 6 months severance pay. At what point do I file for unemployment, after my last severance check or prior to? I am seeking work and hope to be employed before severance runs out, but just in case I’m not, what do I do?

    1. Deidre,

      Please wait until the severance payout ends. You can apply towards the end of it. If its a lumpsum, you can apply right away.

  3. Received severance pay in September, Laid off in March. Lay off turned to Permanent as of September and have been receiving unemployment since March. How long does unemployment get denied for after receiving severance? Just learned my status changed to deny after I reported the severance check.

  4. I have done my weekly claim for the additional 13 weeks. However, this is the 4th week that I have not been paid. It says that the reason is Work Performance. What on earth does that mean? I have not worked, I search for work, and I am not going to school nor doing any kind of training. I have tried calling and emailing DETR and can not get an answer.

  5. I am an on-call employee that works 1-3 days per week. I still collect unemployment benefits. My work has asked me to work 6 days for just 1 week. I will earn more than my unemployment benefits for that 1week. Do I still qualify for benefits after that week??

  6. I live in Nevada and work for a company that has payroll office in NY State.
    I’ve been trying to start a claim online but NV shows no earnings and NY tells me that because I don’t live in NY don’t qualify.
    Not sure who is correct but during these times its very hard to get through as Ive been trying for over a week!

  7. Good Morning,
    My daughter got her ATM Card for Unemployment today and she activated and follow the Instruction but its shows ZERO Balance , Why,, she’s approved and the Card says her account is Zero Balance. Can you please Explain

  8. I was laid off due to the Coronavirus. As a result, my company gave me 2 weeks pay. When do a apply for unemployment? At the end of the 2 week period or now and disclose that payment during the unemployment interview?

    1. We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state has activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

  9. 03/22/2020
    I’ve only been working in Nevada for the past 2.5 months and previously worked in Nassau, Bahamas. I’m being furlough because of the Covid-19. Will I be able to file for unemployment in Nevada?

    1. Your state has activated the ‘emergency funding’ program authorized by the federal government. We recommend you to apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

  10. I am a seasonal worker and have had no problems filing for my benefits for several years. This year I have answered all the filing questions correctly but there is still a question before I file as not to have any problems. My employer gave a Christmas bonus for the first time this year and none of the dates required for the time of that or questions asked about that. It was payable after all date questions which were answered correctly. There is nothing about reporting a Christmas bonus in anywhere on the forms. I will be returning to work on 5/31/2020 and since I am seasonal, I have qualified in the past as unemployment has told me ” I do have a job” Please advise on the bonus

    1. Donald,

      Please seek the advice of the Unemployment Office in this case. You can call them and ask for clarification.

  11. My husband worked as a remote IT tech for over 4 years. Prior to that he worked in the field doing computer repairs for the same company. The company he worked for let him go as they were downsizing. He was on unemployment for 3 weeks when he was hired for a job in the field doing computer repairs just like he did 4 years ago for the company he most recently worked for. He has been on the job now for almost 2 weeks and realizes he is not physically able to do a field job anymore. If he quits will be be able to claim unemployment again until he is able to secure a remote position or a position that allows him to stay in one location? What would he have to do in order to receive unemployment again?

    1. Jane,

      This is a tricky situation. Please ask your husband to contact the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility before making a decision on the job.

  12. I failed a drug test and lost my job. I had only been there 1 week. I knew there must be some mistake as I am required to drug test monthly for VA medication. I recently adopted a dog I am allergic to and had been using a nasal spray that caused a positive result. I offered to re-take the test, contacted the lab several times and one of the lab test Dr.s told me why I tested positive. However, she cannot attest on my behalf. It was 6 weeks ago. I didnt think I would be eligible for unemployment. At this point, am I too late?

    1. Michelle,

      This is a tricky situation. If you can prove it was unintentional if there’s a dispute, you can receive weekly UI payments.

  13. I am a government worker and when I tried to file on line it says I need to call but you can not get a hold of anyone ever. I have been trying for days and it always says they are busy and to call back later. The government had no problem taking out my unemployment insurance out of my check every two weeks but when I really need it , i cant get a hold of anyone . HELP !!!!!!

    1. Jackie,

      If you’re having difficulties reaching the Unemployment Office, please consider visiting an office in the vicinity if feasible.

    2. Had the same problem, ended up calling the governor’s office several times and with their help managed to get someone on the phone from unemployment.

  14. Hi,

    I was layed off after 20 years of employment due to the company closing down the factory I worked through in Cleveland, OH and moving it to Haifa, Israel. I worked from home in Nevada at the time. I was 67 years old and determined I would retire at the time, however I find that I am having a hard time living on my social security. I was layed off December 31,2018, is there a time limit that I must file for unemployment.

      1. I suffered a broken foot at work. I tried to claim workers comp but a d-29 was filed not a c-4. I opted to claim on work insurance. Now a returning employee who is married to management and I have had numerous issues with that management refuses to deal with. Gave me the ultimatum of resigning and signing a severance agreement. I want to be able to claim unemployment is this possible

        1. Joy,

          UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please consider applying if you think it was not your fault.

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