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Suspended Unemployment Benefits

Author : Ray

Updated : November 26th, 2018

There will be times when you will be intimidated by that letter you receive by mail or a notification sent via e mail or call. The messenger from the state informs you about a temporary suspension or disqualification from receiving unemployment insurance. This will be a testing phase for you and your family if you’re dependent on the weekly benefits provided by the government.

First of all, do not panic. There is absolutely no point in expressing anguish which will worsen the situation. You must sit down and discuss the reason for suspension or disqualification.

Any time benefits are denied or suspended, the state will send you a letter explaining:

  • Why was it denied/suspended
  • for what time period
  • how to requalify
  • procedure to appeal if you disagree

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Common Reasons for Denial of Unemployment Benefits

The most common (the list is not exhaustive) grounds for disqualification of benefits are given below (Source: Maryland department of labor, licensing and regulation)

1. ABLE AND AVAILABLE – If you are not able to work or not available for full-time work without restrictions.

2. ACTIVE SEARCH FOR WORK – Benefits are denied until you begin making an adequate active search for work.

3. ALIEN STATUS – If you are not a citizen of the United States and your alien status must be determined as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

4. ATTENDING SCHOOL OR TRAINING – When you filed your initial claim or your weekly claim certification (request for payment), you indicated that you are currently attending school or training that may interfere with your availability for work.

5. DISCHARGED FROM EMPLOYMENT – Depending on the reason you were discharged, there are three levels of misconduct in the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law.

  • Simple Misconduct
  • Gross Misconduct
  • Aggravated Misconduct

6. FRAUD – If you knowingly made a false statement or failed to give important facts in order to obtain or increase benefits.You may be disqualified for one year and must repay all benefits you have received, plus interest. In addition, you may be prosecuted for fraud.

7. INSUFFICIENT BASE PERIOD WAGES – There is a question concerning your monetary eligibility for benefits.

8. MEETING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS – If you fail to report to the Division of Workforce Development when required to do so, or fail to be available for a telephone fact finding interview with the Division of Unemployment Insurance.

9.  MILITARY BENEFIT ENTITLEMENT – You are recently separated from the military and it must be determined if you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the Federal Law.

10. MONETARY ELIGIBILITY – You worked full or part-time during a week and you earned more than you reported, or you received holiday pay, vacation pay, special payment, bonus or severance pay, OR there is a question concerning your monetary eligibility for benefits or dependents’ allowance.

11. NOT UNEMPLOYED – You worked full-time during a week and earned more than your weekly benefit amount; or you worked full-time during a week and earned less than your weekly benefit amount; or you were self-employed on a full time basis, regardless or whether you earned any money.

Benefits are denied as long as you are working full-time.

12. OVERPAYMENT – If you received benefits for which you are found to have been ineligible.Benefits are not payable to you until the over payment is repaid.

13. PENSION – You are receiving, have received or will receive a lump sum pension or monthly pension.Your weekly benefit amount may be reduced by the amount of pension you are receiving.

14. REFUSED JOB OR JOB REFERRAL – If you fail to apply for available, suitable work or if you fail to accept such work when offered to you.

15. SEVERANCE PAY – You are receiving, have received or will receive severance pay, dismissal pay, [or] wages in lieu of notice.

16. VOLUNTARY QUIT EMPLOYMENT – You have voluntarily quit your employment.

Do I Re qualify?

After scrutinizing the reason for suspension or disqualification you may decide to reapply on amended terms if it is not severe. Follow the procedure laid out in the enclosures provided (that may come along with the letter of suspension/disqualification) that will provide instructions to reapply to re qualify for unemployment insurance and other benefits.

If you have met the re-qualifying requirements, and have stopped filing weekly claim certifications you must reactivate your claim.

A review of your claim will be done to establish that you have met the requirements. You may be sent requests for information to establish that you have met the re qualifying requirements. Complete the requests and return by the due date.

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  1. I am in a unique situation. I would like to know if even though I work for a church that does not pay into unemployment, I have only been here a year and my job previous did pay into unemployment. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits if I were laid off? This is in the state of Nevada. If so, how long do I have before that is NOT the case? In other words, I know that benefits usually go back 18 months. Would it be the same in this case?

    1. Leslee,

      As much as I am aware, church employees do not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  2. The unemployment office in Nevada doesn’t answer the phone. They have a recording that says they only take new claims on Monday, and Tuesday, from 8am to 4pm. But if you call at 8am, they tell you that the “Que is already full for the day.” How can that be possible if they don’t start accepting calls until 8am? No wonder unemployment in the United States is DOWN! They don’t accept phone calls after they tell you online that you “have to call to confirm your information” and then they don’t take the calls.

  3. I have called as soon as they open and they just say please call on the next business day I DID and you still didn’t answer

  4. Could you please provide a reference for the following statement in your article – please see below. Thanks.
    “You may also be qualified for unemployment benefits if:
    …You entered Commission-Approved Training and the job is not considered suitable under Section 20 relating to your availability for work, active search for work or refusal to accept suitable work”.

  5. If I exhausted all my benefits last year 2019 and my new benefit year starts back up in Jan. 2020 can I reapply? I still should have money in other quarters from my previous job.

    1. Yvette,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  6. Can i receive unemployment if my car broke down and i couldnt work cause i work outta my car and i couldnt afford to get it fixed so i ended up not working there anymore cause the car situation

    1. Willie,

      I can understand your situation. However, I am not sure if you can claim for voluntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      1. Hello,

        I have been unemployed since this past July. My regular unemployment benefits are running out. Can I apply for Emergency Unemployment Benefits after this claim expires? What can I do?

        Thank you,D. ANDERSON

  7. I filed my first bi-weekly claim today but it only took my first week. Are there only certain weeks I can file 2 weeks worth of unemployment?

    1. How strict are they on the school program being less than 2 years for CTB training extension? I have an interview next week for a Training Extension. I started school this week, I am set to finish just a few months over the 2 year mark. Finishing in May 2022.

  8. What if it’s an employer that is threatening over it being personal home life and nothing to do with work or the work place??

    1. Kelly,

      You can be eligible to claim if you resign due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

        1. Paula,

          A copy should be available on the department’s website. You will be able to download after logging in.

  9. I finally start new job on Monday. My work hours are 6;30-6:30pm.
    How can I file my last two weeks if I’m working

    Can I. Call Tuesday? What number?

      1. Hello, I live in the state of Pennsylvania, for reference. I was told on 1/9/2020 I am being let go because of financial issues my employer and office is having. With that, my employer said I can work for the next two weeks to give me time to find another job and if circumstances change they will call me back to work. My question is, Where do I go to figure out my quarter dollar amount earnings for my highest 4 out of 5 quarters. I’ve been with this employer for 7 months, started June 2019. Before that I was unemployed for 5 months and before that I was employed for years up until Feb 2019.

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