Rhode Island Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 21st, 2019
Eligibility rules vary from state to state in the U.S. Rhode Island uses the unemployment application process to collect information about every applicant so that their eligibility can be determined. Following are the eligibility criteria in RI.
To be eligible for UI benefits, a claimant must have earned no less than $12,600 during his/her base period or the alternate base period. If this is not true in your case, you may have to fulfill an alternate set of rules.
- You earned at least $2,100 in one quarter of your base period
- Your total base period wages were at least one and a half times your highest single quarter earnings.
- Earned total taxable wages of $4,200 during your base period.
- If you had a previous claim, you must have held a job in between before restarting a new claim.
Non Monetary Eligibility
Non monetary eligibility examines factors like reason for job separation, skill and availability of a claimant. Workers who were fired from their last job due to gross misconduct or lack of discipline are unlikely to qualify for UC. The primary eligibility criteria for UC is that the claimant must have lost their job due to no fault of theirs. Additionally, applicants who quit their jobs voluntarily are also less likely to qualify for unemployment compensation.
If I was fired from my last job, will I still qualify for UC?
If a claimant was fired from his last job, it is unlikely that he/she will qualify for UC. However, this should not stop you from filing a claim. Our suggestion is that you should apply for benefits anyway and see what happens.
If you feel that you were fired unjustly or if you feel that it was unfair to you, you may still get a chance to qualify for UC. If you get a notification saying that the state has denied your claim, you may get a chance to appeal this decision. During the appeals process, present your side of the case and get the Dept. of Labor to see that you were fired unfairly. If you succeed at that, you may qualify for benefits.
Will I be eligible if I was laid off from my last job?
Yes, if there was no mistake of yours in you losing the job, chances are quite high that you will qualify for UC. Unemployment insurance programs are social welfare programs that are designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who lost their jobs due to no fault of theirs. It is not your fault that you got laid off. This means there is a genuine chance that you will qualify.
However, this is not the only eligibility criteria. Unless and until you have earned minimum wages and worked minimum hours during the base period, you will not qualify for receiving benefits.
I plan to quit my job, will I qualify for UC if I do so?
In Rhode Island, all applicants who quit their jobs due to genuine and pressing reasons are given due consideration and they may even be deemed eligible for UI benefits.
Following are the reasons that are considered genuine enough to trigger you to a quit voluntarily.
- Failing health/ serious medical conditions
- Not being paid for the job they do
- Hostile/ unhealthy or dangerous work atmosphere
- Drastic change in responsibilities
- Discrimination or other unfriendly situations at work
- Family emergencies
- Transfer of a spouse to a different job location
If your reason for quitting your job is any of the above, you stand a high chance to qualify UI provided you meet the other monetary and non monetary requirements.