Washington Unemployment Benefit Questions
What is the typical duration of Unemployment Insurance?
Typical duration of one “Benefit year” is 52 weeks, starting with the first week in which you filed your initial claim. In Washington, you cannot open a new claim even if your benefit amounts are exhausted until your benefit year is completed.
Most claims allow 13 to 26 weeks of benefits.
How can I stop filing for UI? Am I expected to notify the Dept. of Labor if I get a job?
You need not inform the labor authorities in your State if you landed a job. To discontinue receiving benefits, all you need to do is to stop filing for UI.
You can also stop in between the benefit year and then resume availing benefits if you have any balance remaining during the same benefit year.
If you miss to file your claim for a certain week, it automatically becomes inactive. You will need to reopen the claim if you wish to continue receiving benefits.
How do I file a claim if I moved out or if I’m planning to move out of Washington?
If you were working in Washington previously, you can file a new claim either through the Internet or by calling the claims center on the toll free number.
If you worked in multiple states in the last two years, out of which one is Washington, you may have a better claim if you apply in Washington and then combine your wages from other the other state(s). You are requested to contact the claims centre directly if you wish to apply for such claims. The Internet cannot be used to file such combined wages application.
If you are collecting UC from Washington, you may need to register for work in the state to which you moved to. You can either register online or visit the nearest local employment office or check with your telephone directory.
Don’t forget to file a change of address once you relocate and contact the claims center should you have any doubts.
How do I file my claim if I have never worked in Washington?
As of 11 January, 2009, you cannot file for a claim in Washington if you have never worked here during the base period. The only time this rule is waived is if you were in the military or if you worked for the Federal government.
When filing for an unemployment claim, you must file from of the state(s) in which you worked during the last two years. You can contact the claims center in each state before choosing where you want to file the claim from.
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