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Oklahoma Unemployment QuestionsWhen should I apply for benefits?
You may apply as soon as you become unemployed. Your application cannot be made retroactive beyond the week in which it is filed.
Can anyone apply for unemployment compensation benefits?
Yes. However, to qualify you must be unemployed at the time of filing or working less than full-time and earning wages less than your weekly benefit amount. You must have a minimum of $1500 in covered wages in your base period and your total base period wages must be 1½ times your high quarter wages. If you are not a citizen, you must present evidence to establish you were lawfully admitted to the United States during the period of your employment.
Will I automatically qualify if I file a claim?
No. You must first establish monetary eligibility. This means that you must have adequate wages in your base period to establish eligibility.
What can keep me from qualifying for benefits?
You may have enough covered wages in your base period and still be denied for other reasons. Some of the reasons for disqualification are listed below.
You may be disqualified if you:
- were discharged or fired for misconduct
- voluntarily quit without good cause
- are not able and available for work
- are not a U. S. citizen and not authorized to work
- have limited the wages, hours, days, or areas of a job you would accept
- do not report for or satisfactorily participate in reemployment services
- are self employed
- are involved in a strike
- are not looking for work
- refuse suitable work
The law imposes a special "between-terms" disqualification whereby certain college and school employees cannot be paid benefits for any week of unemployment which begins during the period between two successive academic years or terms. Also, professional athletes cannot be paid benefits for weeks of unemployment between two successive sports seasons.
If I am monetarily eligible, (I have the required wages in my base period) will I receive benefits?
Not necessarily. The monetary eligibility of an application means only that you have sufficient qualifying wages. After an application is monetarily allowed, OESC must determine if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. The first payable week of unemployment is your waiting week - no benefits can be paid for that week. You will not be paid benefits for that period of unemployment if you were discharged for misconduct or if you quit your employment without good cause connected to the work.
What should I have ready when I apply for my claim?
Your Social Security Number will be required to process any unemployment claim. Have the name and address and dates of work for the last employer for whom you worked.
If you are a veteran who separated from the armed forces in the past 18 months, we will need a copy of your DD-214 (member 4). If you were a federal civilian employee in the same period of time, we'll need a copy of your SF-8 or SF-50. If you had out-of-state employment in the past 18 months, you will need to provide the name(s) and address(es) of these employer(s).
Can I file a claim outside of Oklahoma?
Individuals who worked in Oklahoma during the base period who now live out of state may file their claims for Unemployment by telephone or the Internet.To file by Internet, simply go to unemployment claims section to file your claim for benefits. To file by telephone, you may call 1-800-555-1554 to establish a claim between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm (Central Time) Monday through Friday (except for State holidays).
If I am denied benefits do I have any recourse?
If you disagree with the decisions of the Commission you may file an appeal to the determination by following the directions on your determination. All appeals must be filed timely. The determination will give instructions on when you appeal must be filed.
Will my employer be notified?
Yes. We are required by law to notify your last employer of 15 days or more that you have applied for benefits, and to obtain from them the information needed to process your application.