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Nevada Unemployment Benefit Questions

Updated : January 20th, 2021

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. my wife passed recently and I found an unemployment check dated 11-04-02 and would like to know how to get it re-issued can you help me please

  2. Hello,
    My employer will be relocating to another State that I am unable to move to. I will be given a severance package. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  3. My husband has an immigration interview in july in another country and i have to be there. I have given my job over 3 months notice and they are telling me that they wont be able to accommodate any time off for me to go. If I quit to go to the interview would i qualify for unemployment? He isn’t sick but it is mandatory that i attend the interview for our immigration case. What can I do?

    The other option is to force them to fire me by not showing up to my job and going to the interview. Will that be a better option to get unemployment rather than quitting willingly and forgoing the ability to get unemployment?

    1. Alice,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Either way, you may not qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  4. I have sat on hold for hours on end without anyone picking up. I even fell asleep one afternoon because I was on hold for so long. I would like to know the status on my claim since it has been over 3 weeks now since I applied and cannot get through to anyone. I did the call back option, I got a call back within 5 minutes just to wait on hold for hours again without talking to any live person. What is going on that we have to wait on hold for hours?

    1. Denise,

      I can understand your frustration. Please note this is a private forum and we do not have any connection with the Unemployment Office in your state. Try calling during off-peak hours or even consider visiting an office in the vicinity.

  5. I had to quit my job as my spouse has to move back to California where his kids 10 and 12 are. They were living here in Nevada with him and the kids mother took them to California without him agreeing last year . He is extremely torn and depressed and we decided that we are moving back to California near them as they need him.Am I a candidate for benifits as I feel I quit for good cause? Thanks in advance

    1. Sayuri,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. I’ve been @ my job for 18 months here in NV, my spouse is transfering to CA, do I qualify for benefits, and if so do I apply in Nevada?

    1. Judy,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  7. I am currently unemployed and have been filing for unemployment for several weeks. I have been promised a job but it won’t be for a few weeks, am I eligible for benefits until the start date? How do I handle this?

    1. Juan,

      That is correct. You can be eligible until the job starts. Please call the Claims Center for specific details on how to handle the claim.

  8. John,

    I hope the issue is fixed now. If not, please try calling the office during off-peak hours or visit the official website to find additional phone numbers.

  9. Funds deposited by Unemployment should be Unemployments responsibility to get to the person…. Not lost or unusable because Unemployment opened an account without the approval or permission of that person receiving the benefit.

    Millions of dollars were made unavailable on Visa / Bank (Wells Fargo) accounts. Including my account which you opened against my will and my protesting. Thursday, October 16, 2015, Unemployment put in this account monies, finally sending me the funds May 2017 with no explanation of were the monies came from.

    Unemployment benefits should be paid on any time A person is unemployed period. Money was paid in for the working person to be paid out when they were not employed. This money should be paid on any time the worker was not employed or between jobs or employers. The Unemployment office has these records and should notify the worker that the funds are available and stop find ways to keep funds that were to be paid out for such situations.

    Phone calls to the Unemployment office have been a nightmare for years now. This could be easily fixed yet has gone on for years. Phone services have been available for decades now to address just such problems.

    The recordings on your phone system has tariffed some callers with false information. Example Joe is not nor did he ever go to prison the same is true of Marry.

    You are allowed to draw unemployment even if you have gone back to work. Why miss inform or miss lead people calling in waiting as I have for hours (Monday, June 19, 2017.) (With false misleading, brow beating recordings forced on callers.) You’re recording told me not to hang up 3 hours on the phone lessening to the same propaganda is completely unreasonable and abusive on your part at best.

    Why are you suggesting who to get legal advice from? Are you now attorneys and legal advisors to us?

    I received a call from Unemployment (Tuesday, June 20, 2017, ) about some of these grievances. The man accused me of complaining about the system hung up.

    Phone centers are an abusive mess.
    Calls dropped, hang up, no call backs, even when going through the governors office.

    Called the Govener’s office told you would call me never did.
    Look this mess has been going on for years now. It just needs to be fixed. Remove the people in the way or who are not working to fixing it.

    Get the all monies to the rightful people quit cheating the clients and looking for even more ways to take the monies that belong to them.

    It is bad enough to loose job. Then have to try to find another. Dealing with you should not be an additional burden to us.

    Unemployment is not helping by causing this supper mess and stress on us who worked and have these benefits coming, just to be cheated by some bulling and rules that make it hard or impossible to get paid our benefits.

  10. How long does it take to receive 1st payment? I filed 10/07/17 and have not received one payment its now 10/31/17, when I goto claims website it shows Ive been approved and case says open with weekly amount….still no payment

    1. Doug,

      Ideally, it should not take more than about 7-10 days for the payment. Please call the Claims Center and chase for an update.

  11. I am currently working part time.[24 hrs.] week. if I quit am I eligible for benefits? have worked this job 17 months. worked previous job almost 27 years.

    1. Mike,

      If the job was meant to be part-time since the inception, I am not sure if you’re eligible.

      Please speak the Unemployment Office in your state.

    1. I am unable to conclude the context. If this relates to some kind of paperwork you received from the authorities, please call the Claims Center for details.

  12. Why would unemployment stop your check than send a letter saying that a week later you have a phone interview between 8 hours to confirm a certain issue thats been on log since the begining of my application?hummmmmm.wish i could get a loan like that.

  13. Hello there, I filed for unemployment almost a month ago and had my phone interview on 1/27/17. It is now 2/1/17 and it is still pending. How much longer does the pending period last? I have not had any income for what is about to be a month.

    1. Well, it should certainly not take so long unless they keep you in the loop.

      Please chase the Claims Center by calling them.

  14. My first day of work with current employer began 6/20/2016 making it 7 1/2mos with the company,I am going to be laid-off come 2/13/2017. What I’m trying to figure out is, if I qualify for unemployment insurance or not. The Base Period is not covering Oct through Dec 2016 me, but did cover Jul through Sept 2016 I earned $5343.98. I did leave 1 job to work at my present job now that will be laying me off 2 weeks. I moved out here in late April 2016. Base on the information given do I qualify for unemployment insurance?

    1. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website to ascertain eligibility.

      You can also call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  15. How do I get a live person to talk too or at least to email? The telephone system is ridiculous I have been on hold for over two hours now. Just to find out how to get my password as I have forgotten it! The computer I had it filed on crashed. When I answered the security questions they said they were wrong when I knew that they were correct.

    1. I am afraid, you have to keep trying the phone lines since this should be the only way out. Please visit the “Contact Us” section to find out alternate ways to contact.

  16. I live in Arizona, but worked in Nevada. Do I file for unemployment benefits in Nevada or Arizona? My employer was based out of Nevada and all of my checks were addressed from Nevada. Also, it seems that my employer has not paid into unemployment insurance and I was found not eligible for benefits which I appealed. How long does this process take? I call and email but everyone is being very vague and no one seems to have any answers. This was not a 1099 position, and i provided them with my w2 and all other proof that I was employed and payed taxes through employer. I have enough credit hours and have worked in Nevada for all quarters required in the blocks schedule.

    1. You should be filing from the state where your employment was based. If you filed an “Appeal”, if may take some time since its a lengthy process.

      Please check the official website of the Unemployment Office –

  17. I am 65 years old and was fired from my job a month ago.I am receiving unemployment for 26 weeks.Can I apply for my social security now as well?

  18. I was having phone issues when my interview tech called for my over the phone interview, when I tried to call back it said they’re wait times were very high and would call me back, I never received a call back today though however. Does this mean automatic denial of Benifits? If I get a hold of someone finallywhen I try and call back tommorow will they be able to help me with this?

    1. No, it does not mean that way.

      The determination will be communicated to you. If you think they denied wrongfully, please consider filing an appeal.

  19. I am the soul provider of my household and I have been working with a gaming company close to 8 years and I have Earned to be placed in better location but the employer (HR and Regional manager) has been transferring me to worst and worst locations so I will lose my tip income. I have been continuing work miserably because I cannot afford to be unemployed but my Tip Income has suffered Significantly since my employer moved me from one busy location to a dead location with hardly any activity. (Since last October).
    Last year, I have filed a complaint with the health department on a certain Sewage contamination that went UNATTENDED FOR DAYS at my workplace and all managers kicked me out of that store out of Retaliation and put me somewhere where I won’t make descent tips ( Which is my main source of Income) I do not work and rely on the minimum wage to pay my bills!!!
    I was promised a Comparable location where I would make about the same TIP Income and they know exactly which locations are hot and which ones are NOT.
    I was placed in a Not so hot and Dead location and despite my numerous requests for a transfer to a better place, they took 2 weeks of work away from me (they cancelled my work schedule for 2 weeks) and I went without pay until they’ve placed me in the Least sophisticated,worst location than the previous one!
    They are messing with me and my Income so I will quit and they won’t have to pay unemployment but I am hanging in there miserably. I am now very stressed and I cannot sleep or eat well , get depressed and don’t feel good and get sick a lot due to anxiety caused by employers and work. What else can I do when they only do the opposite of what I request?
    I have been filing applications all over the Internet and no luck. I am in the verge of quitting and I need your help.
    Please advise, Can one receive unemployment by quitting while they receive unfair treatment and employer caused a Significant financial loss in the employees income out of Sheer Retaliation? Thank you,

    1. I am sorry to hear about the ordeal you’re undergoing. Yes, you can be eligible to quit under hostile circumstances and draw Unemployment Compensation until you find a new job. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute raised by your employer. If they deny initially based on your employer’s feedback, ask for an adjudicator.

      Please come back to us if you have any further questions.

  20. I used to live and work in Henderson, and was fired due to downsizing of the company. I received unemployment for a few months, life threw me a curveball, and I stopped calling in. Therefore my checks stopped. It was quite some time ago. How many years back can I draw unemployment?

    1. You can call the Unemployment Office in your state to check if there are benefit weeks remaining in your account and apply accordingly.

    1. Depends on the reason for being put on “Unpaid Leave”.

      If its involuntary due to reasons such as lack of work, you can be eligible. Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  21. I started an online form where I was going to ask about benefits for shortened hours and then found out that I still make more weekly than the weekly benefit. I had submitted my phone number on that online form and now I continue to get calls asking if I want to apply for Social security disability benefits. I have repeatedly asked to not be contacted again, to no avail. how can I get these calls stopped?!

    1. I have a strong feeling that the contact details were provided on a private website. Otherwise, I don’t think government agencies will chase you for social security benefits.

      Please try reaching out on the same phone numbers and instruct them not to call you.

  22. If I exhaust my unemployment in Oklahoma before moving back to Nevada will I still be eligible to claim in Nevada if the plans I’ve made for employment fall through when I arrive? I qualify for benefits in Nevada I’m just not sure if drawing benefits in Oklahoma negates my qualifications to file in Nevada.

    1. You can only apply and receive UI benefits one time. Its not revolving in nature.

      Please only apply if you have benefit weeks left in your claims account with OK.

  23. In February 2015 I was discharged at my previous employer’s convenience and DETR said I was eligible for 26 weeks of benefits, of which I collected 22 weeks before starting a new job. I was discharged from the new job after 2 weeks without any cause or reason, but did not reactivate my claim after termination because I became an Independent Contractor and was making money self-employed. I was just notified that this independent contract will cease at the end of this year. Once I am no longer self-employed, am I able to reactivate my original claim and collect the remaining 4 weeks of benefits?

  24. Hi. My claim is denied till I work 14 weeks but the reason given by my employer was attendance. I proved this to be untrue. They charred me an incident in error. I have since procured a letter from them stating they would not contest my claim but can’t get ANYONE to listen to me. I’ve called, faxed proof, etc and they will not acknowledge me. I keep filing weekly claims, they keep blowing me off. I’m 6 weeks without anything coming in. I’m about to be in the street and I was at my job 12 years. What do I need to do?????

    1. Please look up for the adjudication process to escalate. It is a fact finding mission that helps in settling the claim.

      You may also wanna consider visiting the nearest office for assistance.

      1. Hi Martin,
        Thanks for your reply. I will look for the adjudication process. I have been hitting my head on the wall so to speak. Job Connect tells me there is no actual office in NV so I’m hoping the process can help me.
        Thanks again.

        1. My pleasure Susan. Please let us know how it goes and do come back if you have any further questions.

          Best Wishes!

  25. I was recruited by the city of Las Vegas Parking Enforcement for a supervisory position. After 5 months they decided I was not the right “fit” and did not want me for that position. They offered me an enforcement officers position at an $8 dollar per hour reduction in pay and it would be a graveyard shift. I have an 11 year old daughter from my divorce who lives with me. The mother recently moved to Virginia with her husband, I have no relatives or friends who can help with babysitting a graveyard shift. In addition, I was off work on workman’s comp from Sept, 2014 through April 2015 for a staff infection from knee surgery that resulted in a full knee replacement in March 2015. Will those workman comp hours count as part of the qualifying period for unemployment?


  26. I work as a Taxi Driver in Las Vegas, Nv. My wife and I are moving to Pahrump, Nv to take care of her 89 year old mother. I only work 3 days a week now, but worked for this same company for 7 years full time. I took 6 months off but came back to work part time. I will be looking for work in Pahrump, but may need a little help until I find something. I am 68 years old but I want to work at least 3 or 4 days a week. If I quit can I collect benefits?

  27. I was recently fired for a swab test I am with the teamsters they did not offer any drug rehab its the first time i wwas tested and I’ve been there i did not do anything to give them reason to test me it was random. I went on vacation made o e mistake and was willing to go to rehab. Can I get unemployment.

    1. You will not be eligible to receive unemployment insurance since it is only offered to people who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  28. Hello,

    I was wondering since I will be separating from active duty service and possible becoming a selective reservist making roughly $300/mth if this would disqualify me from unemployment benefits?

    Thank you

  29. if i work 2 jobs (1 full-time and 1 part-time) and i am laid off from part-time job, am i able to collect unemployment from part-time job, and does it matter i am the only income in a 6 member household?

    1. You will not be able to collect unemployment benefits for the loss of part time job. The full time job you’re working will be the base employment and since this is intact, you will not be able to apply.

      Your household members will have no saying since the benefits are in lieu of loss of employment.

  30. To clarify my question. If I become unemployed May 1st 2014, can I wait 1 year, until May 1st 2015 and then register tocollect unemployment benefits for 26 weeks? Will waiting reduce my benefit amount?

    1. The sooner you apply, its better.

      There may be questions on why you waited for an year before you considered applying. The benefit amount will be affected if you delay.

  31. If I become unemployed through no fault of my own and decide not to file for unemployment benefits immediately, how long do I have before I would become ineligible to file for unemployment benefits in Nevada?
    Is there a negative effect to my benefit amounts if I wait?

    1. Depends on what you’re approved for. You can get up to 26 weeks of UI benefits.

      Not sure what negative effect is on your mind.

  32. Once I am collecting Nevada State unemployment can I continue to collect benfits if I find a job for only 10 hour per week?

    1. If you found a part time job, you can collect benefits. Notify the labor dept.

      The benefit amount will certainly be a reduced value.

  33. I recently underwent surgery for a total knee replacement which is restricting my ability to perform certain physical aspects of my position which are essential functions of the job. Complete recovery is approximately 1 year which will not occur until the end of 2014. I am working with my employer to try to find reasonable accommodations but we have not yet agreed on a plan. If we cannot reach a solution and I have to resign will I be eligible to file for unemployment?

    1. Well, you’re moving out on health grounds.

      Generally,UI benefits are extended to those who are available and ready to work.Please explore Workers compensation or workman’s comp for any benefits to suit your condition.

    1. Self employed are generally not considered for UI benefits. Please try exploring other benefits offered in your state.

  34. If I gave a week’s notice to my employer, with an offer to work longer, if needed, but my employer terminated my employment to end the next day, am I eligible for unemployment compensation from them?

  35. i am single and live alone. because of not having a job i am looking for a less expensive place to live and looking for a job at the same time. Will i receive more than one week at the first claim?

    1. You will only receive what has been filed.Please speak to a representative on one of the numbers below before filing/for modifying existing claim.

      Northern Nevada: (775) 684-0350
      Southern Nevada: (702) 486-0350
      Rural Areas and Out of State Callers: (888) 890-8211 Toll Free
      Rural Areas and Out of State Callers: (888) 890-8211 Toll Free
      Call Center Hours of Operation and Holiday Schedule

  36. My daughter was recently “fired” (through no fault of her own) from a company she worked with for 4.5 months. She was told she could not file for unemployment because she did not pay into it (or the company did not pay into it). Aren’t employers required to pay into unemployment or offer it to the employee? I live in California, so Nevada laws may be different. Thank you!

    1. I gave a week’s notice to my employer today and offered to work beyond that, if needed. But my employer chose to terminate my employment tomorrow after my work shift. Do I qualify for unemployment?

  37. my husband was hurt on the job and then was laid off, he has had a finger amputated and is receiving workmans comp for now , when can he file for unemployment benefits ? Also he worked in Nevada but lives in Arizona , what state do we file benefits for ? can we file a claim thru an az. unemployment office ? and will they handle the Nevada claim for us ? thank you I have many unanswered questions and cant seem to research these precise answers

  38. My job is relocating to minden from Reno will I quail if for unemployment until I find a new job if I leave this company when they move. It’ll be 1.5 hour drive each way to new location

  39. I started drawing a pension from my previous job at 55 years of age. I am now 63, there are rumors that the company that I work for will be closing down. Will I be eligible for unemployment compensation, in Nevada?

  40. I am self employed since 12/28/2010 and work for commission. My business has drop considerably this last year and this year is even worse. I have been using my 401K to help me pay my bills, am I eligible for unemployment benefits. I work from home and have a disability, I have degenative disc diseas, bulging disc and spinal stinoses, and can only sit and stand for short periods at a time.

    1. Are you receiving Social Security Insurance for your disability? Your situation could be more complex than I am able to answer – self employment issues may exclude you. Is there a state re-employment center you can contact? They can be a wealth of information for all “job seekers”.

  41. I am going to be relocating to another state due to my husbands job. What is the wait time before unemployment benefits apply? I’ve heard 6 weeks or more. Anyone know for sure?

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Usually, a person has to serve a waiting week during which they will be asked to file a weekly claim but will not receive any pay. This will be the week where your initial claim is processed.

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