Nevada Unemployment Eligibility

Individuals who are considered unemployed through no fault of their own may be entitled to collect unemployment insurance benefits in Nevada.

Non Monetary Eligibility

Minimum qualifications for eligibility include, but are not limited to:

  1. Must be wholly unemployed or employed less than full-time and have earnings less than their weekly entitlement;
  2. Must be found to be jobless through no fault of their own;
  3. Must be available to seek and accept work customary to their normal occupation;
  4. Must be physically and mentally able to work at the time they initiate a claim for benefits; and,
  5. Must not refuse suitable work when offered.

Monetary Eligibility

An individual must have worked in employment and have enough wages within the base period to qualify monetarily for benefits. The work should be in “covered” employment, but it is not needed to be completely within one state. The vast majority of employers are “covered” employees, but some employment is freed from coverage, such as work performed for a church, self-employment and work executed for private employers while in the supervision of a state correctional institution.

In Nevada, an individual should have earned at least $400 in one quarter of the base period, and have total base period earnings of not less than 1-1/2 times the earnings in the highest quarter,


must have wages in at least 3 of the 4 base period quarters used to calculate eligibility.

Eligibility Questions

What is a person if fired? Will he/she be able to collect UC benefits?

Usually, in Neveda you have to lose your job through no fault of your own in order to obtain unemployment.
In most cases, this means that if you get fired, you cannot receive jobless benefits.

In case you get fired from your job, you must proceed and apply for jobless benefits, as there are some cases where you can be fired from your job and still obtain benefits.

If you think like you were fired unjustly, or there were justifying situations, ensure to tell your unemployment counselor about them. If your unemployment application is rejected, you also have the right to appeal the decision.

I am quitting my current job for a rightful reason. What are my chances with UC?

Every person has the right to leave any job for any reason. But if it is concluded that you quit without good cause, you must be denied benefits. Usually, jobless benefits are only obtainable to individuals who lost a job through no mistake of their own.

Be sure that you cannot quit your job because you didn’t like it, or it was too tough, or because it didn’t pay sufficient, or because the hours didn’t work for your schedule – and still wait for you to obtain unemployment.
Gather proof that you will need to prove your case, so you can obtain unemployment if you quit a job. For a health problem or care of a family member, you will require a doctor’s letter. In case the reason was a work problem, like discrimination, harassment or poor conditions, you may have to give witnesses to confirm.
Attend the “fact finding hearing” after being informed. The hearing may either be in person or by phone. Carry all proof or have your witnesses with you.

I will be laid off in a week’s time. Am I eligible?

Normally, in Nevada you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own so as to obtain unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.
In about all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits.
If you become jobless, you must immediately apply for unemployment benefits.
Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. It means that the company that you worked for did not have sufficient work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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    1. Nicole,

      To qualify, you’re required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters for consideration. Please call the Unemployment Office to inquire about eligibility.

  1. To whom it may concern I was in a car accident and have been out of work since June I filed for disability through my work and they only paid me for one month and I’ve been going to doctors appointments I might end up having surgery on my back and knee so my work changed my disability to general leave so they stopped paying me. Do I qualify for any unemployment benefits or any other benefits please let me know I have house payments, car payments, and lots of bills to pay. Thank you for your time.

    1. Oscar,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office for more information.

  2. I worked in a high pressure corporate sales position for 2 years and was fired due to my numbers not meeting their standards (poor performance). I was a stellar employee in all other aspects but sold a very expensive dental procedure that wasn’t covered by insurance and most of my ‘leads’ couldn’t afford. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

    1. Lisa,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  3. Also should I submit the eligibility form on my online documents page that I’m preftty sure I did already when I originally filed ? The answers were already filled in but looked like the submit button needed to be pushed again. If all the info is still correct and I do choose to submit it is there any harm or delays that it could cause,?

  4. I recently did not file for a few weeks, ended up getting my case reopened , and recently started receiving funds again. However I’ve been selected for a phone interview to determine eligibility again I guess? The call never came and I’m not sure if eligibility was just continued due to my job connect guy emailing them for me or if any holiday breaks will be affecting things including this ,or if there’s somewhere I can get this info? Thanks.

    1. Preston,

      I am guessing everything is pretty much in place again. Please call the Claims Center and speak to a representative to clarify.

  5. Hi, I have some health issues. I’m excused from work for it but I havnt worked since I became ill. I can work but my job is not helping fast enough with finding a later shift also working my job. If my work and I agree to split will I be eligible until I can find work with the required later shift. Thanks

  6. A Supervisor put her hands on me a pushed me out of anger. It stressed me out so bad because I didn’t push her back. I had to continue to work in close proximity with her. I couldn’t take it anymore so I up and moved to another state Nevada. Can I collect unemployment ?

    1. Well, this might be considered a trivial reason to leave the job. Please call the Unemployment Office in the state where your employment was based on inquiring about your eligibility.

  7. If I am living in a household that is mentally abusive and I have no other relatives here can I quit my job and go home where I’m safe also can I move home to take care of a sick mother

    1. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

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

  8. My boss recommended I quit and has told me if I keep asking questions about federal regulations I wouldn’t have a job. I addressed this to corporate but they haven’t shown any interest in my concerns. Can I quit my job now and collect unemployment insurance claiming harassment or poor conditions till I can secure another one?

    1. Chris,

      You can be eligible to quit and claim UI benefits under such conditions. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute raised by your employer.

    1. If you were salaried and earned sufficient income, you can be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  9. I got hurt at work I’m now eligible to go back to work but my old job was given to someone else now they want me to take a job where I have to be out of town a few days a week my wife can not drive do to medical reasons can I quit to get a local job and still get unemployment benefits

    1. Steve,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered. UI benefits are only extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office in your state for clarification.

    1. If your employer remitted Unemployment taxes, you should be able to collect. Plus, the applicant should also be unemployed due to involuntary reasons to qualify.

  10. I have been recently fired from my job that I have worked for about a year, due to my absent rate. I had contacted my higher ups to review my absences and tardies but never got back to me. Instead I was fired 2 weeks later after speakibg with hr. Am I eligilble to receive unemoyment?

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

  11. I am flexed off from work approx. 1 to 2 days a week due to not enough work. Do I qualify for benefits for the days/hours not worked?

    1. Yes, you should be able to claim partial Unemployment Benefits if they reduced the standard hours due to involuntary reasons.

  12. I work a full time job and a part time job been working both for 6 years now. My part time job just fired do I still qualify for unemployment

  13. I work a full time job and a part time job been working both for about 6 years my part time job fired me do I qualify to collect unemployment

  14. I quit a job last October due to the company changing my title and responsibilities. I’m currently sitting out a non-compete clause and cant work in my chosen industry until the beginning of April. Would this qualify me to apply for UI until I start my new job in April?

    1. If you quit voluntarily, you will not be eligible to claim UI benefits.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  15. I need to have surgery and will be able to go back to work light duty or at a desk type of job after 2 weeks. My job doesn’t offer light duty or desk jobs. Can I claim unemployment while looking for another job?

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

  16. My husband works for a roofing company, he’s been working there for almost 9 months. We’re starting to get bad weather, so he is never certain if he’s going to work that day or if it starts getting windy, raining, snowing ect., they get sent home. Because of this he hasn’t been working full weeks. Would he qualify for unemployment benefits?

    1. Well, if it’s meant to be a seasonal employment, he may not qualify for UI benefits. I suggest you speak to the Unemployment Office for further details.

  17. I have been suspended following an investigation. I have had no income for a month. Am I able to file? I am also not a citizen but working in the US on a green card.

    1. Well, if there is an investigation pending, they will not release the payments until resolution.

      Call the Claims Center for an update. You can also consider filing for an appeal if the rejection was not fair according to you.

  18. I’m a full time employee in Nevada. My mother had a stroke 8 months ago and I just became responsible to care of her full time since she is 100% dependent. I can supply documents from doctor. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits? thank you!

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

  19. I was employed, full-time for 1 year at a women’s clothing store. There was a large amount of theft, as we were in a bad area. Myself, and 3 others were let go because we did not reduce our theft percentage. Do I qualify for unemployment?

    1. Voluntary issues such as performance is generally not considered. You may not be eligible.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  20. if I was working a job and there was a point system instilled for being late and call ins, and I was fired for this will I be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    1. Voluntary issues such as performance is not considered. You may not be eligible.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  21. I am currently in the Navy as a 15 year E6. I volunteered to retire sooner under the Temporary Early Retirement Act. My net retirement will be about $1200. I am a California resident assigned in CA which is a very expensive state that I won’t be able to afford to stay living in CA post active duty (even after finding a new civilian job). I intend to move east, NV, AZ, NM or TX to eventually buy a cheaper affordable home and find work there asap. In between my state moving transition, am I able to change state residency and apply for temporary UI in my new state right away? Or are there any rules like you must have been employed in that particular state for an amount of time? Or you can’t apply immediately within a new state resident change until having lived there for a certain amount of time? Or can I be eligible to apply in CA while staying a registered resident but physically living out of CA? I just want to ensure that the course of action I take is legal and compliant with all laws.

    1. Each state has its own rules pertaining to administering UI compensation to military men.

      For specific and accurate information, please call the Unemployment Office in the state where you wish to apply from.

  22. I’m over here in a contractor job in Afghanistan, things are getting a little more dangerous, if I quit will I qualify?

    1. If your employer is paying the relevant taxes into the system, you can quit due to hostile work conditions, quit and receive compensation.

      Please confirm further with the Labor Authorities in your state.

  23. I am currently employed full time at a casino restaurant and they are closing for a week and I will not get paid for that time can I claim unemployment for the period?

    1. Scheduled time offs are not considered. You may not qualify.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  24. I was in a car accident and will q be able to work for 4 months.I’ve been employed by the same company for 24 years. Can I collect unemployment benefits or other financial help during my recovery time

    1. Please look out for benefits under the Workers comp scheme.
      You will not be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance since it is only extended to those who are able and available for work.

  25. I went out on maternity leave but my job does not apply for maternity leave I have three babies would if I could apply for unemployment at least until you can start work again

    1. Maternity leave is not covered.

      You will not be eligible since compensation is only provided to those who are able and available to work.

  26. If someone has been out of work on disability while having chemo and is going to be laid off, hw does this affect getting unemployment

    1. UI benefits are only extended to those are able to and fit to work.

      If you’re able to apply for jobs along with treatment on the sidelines,please consider applying.

    2. She is able to work so that part is ok,I should have been cleared, since she hasn’t worked for 6 months would she get any money from unemployment.

  27. I worked/lived in vegas since 2007 have been with the same company since 2008 and I was transferred to AZ in Oct.2013. My job was just terminated. I am eligible for umemployement in NV?

  28. I am a poker dealer for a casino and my hours have been cut to 15 or less a week and also make much less in tips because of this. am I eligible for some benefits ?


    1. You may not be eligible as UI benefits are only provided to those who are fit and able to work.

  30. I am working full time but also receiving retirement benefits. I will be laid off in June because the company contract is not being renewed after 3 years in Las Vegas. Am I eligible for benefits?

    1. I see that you’ve posted three questions.Hope this page has been thoroughly read to understand how the system works.You will find all the answers here.

      If you still have any questions,please be elaborate.

  31. I am a govt. contractor working over seas. They will be closing the base
    in June 2014, all of us will be out of work. Will I still be able to get unempolyment benifits? It is a US company I work for. Thank you for your time on this matter.

  32. I began employment on October 31, 2013 and was terminated on January 6, 2014.
    Am I eligible for UC benefits

  33. I drive a commercial vehicle.
    Which allows me 14 hours of operation and the company that I work for from time to time they asked me to come in early to make a run.
    Knowing that it takes 18 + hours to do which is illegal by the dot.
    And when I refuse they give me the next day off.
    So if I refuse I don’t work.
    So do I have the rights to unemployment benefits if I quit.

  34. I was collecting partial unemployment, has I was working part-time, my hours at my current job was cut. I was told I would need to take some time off this year. In taking that lay off, I had knee surgery, remember I was already receiving over a $100 per week before my lay off and medical issues. I was told if my case was already open I would still qualify for unemployment. Is that correct?

    1. if you drive for UBER as a independent contractor / with sole proprietor state business license. DO I HAVE TO PAY INTO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ON MYSELF ???

      1. I am not really sure how it works for cab drivers.

        Please contact the Unemployment Office for specific details.

  35. I work for a casino and been employed for 8 months now. I have been in an on-call position but have averaged 30-35hours a week since being employed. The winter months are a slow season and the company is now reducing shifts and hours. I am expecting to work only 1-2 days a week. I am going to school and my current employer works around my schedule. Would be very hard to find another job that works with my school and my on-call schedule.
    Can I file for part time unemployment and also how would the tips factor in when I say how much I make and how much I am eligible for?

  36. I am unemployed due to the Govt. shutdown. I’m a contractor working a govt. contract and my current company has told us we are eligible only after using up all paid time off(PTO)and all compensatory time earned. I have used all comp-time, but have a few days of PTO left. Do I need to use the earned PTO up before applying for unemployment?

    1. Please call your local unemployment office to confirm just how you are to proceed. It seems you may have to use the PTO first because you have a job to go back to but it doesn’t hurt to clarify and find out how to proceed.

  37. If I have information someone has been claiming benifits, but they have been running their on business that they must claim taxes on for the past 2yrs, how do I report the claimer?

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