Suspended Unemployment Benefits

Updated : September 15th, 2021

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. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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