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Disqualifications and Penalties
Receipt of unemployment insurance is based on eligibility, not need. A worker who worked enough during the base year may receive benefits if out of work through no fault of their own. The person must be able, available and actively seeking work.
Some reasons for disqualification, denial or reduction of benefits are:
  • Voluntarily leaving work without good cause, discharge or suspension for misconduct connected with work, or failing to accept a job offer or referral to a job without good cause. If disqualified, claimants must work and earn at least four times their weekly benefit amount. In addition, the total benefits a person can receive are reduced. As a general rule, the total reduction is eight times the person’s weekly benefit amount for each disqualification.
  • Discharge because of a felony or theft connected with work. If disqualified, all benefit rights based on the wages earned before the date of discharge are canceled.
  • Being involved in a labor dispute. The claimant may be disqualified as long as the labor dispute continues.
  • Not being able to work, not being available for work, and/or not actively seeking work. This is a week-to-week denial. The disqualification ends when the claimant is able, available and actively seeking work.
  • Receipt of retirement pay from a base year employer. Retirement is deducted dollar for dollar from the weekly benefit payment.
  • School employees between terms and school years. Generally, school employees do not receive benefits based on school wages if they have reasonable assurance of returning to work when school re-opens.
  • United States. Benefits will not be paid unless a person has authorization to work in this country.
  • Fraudulently receiving benefits. Misrepresentation in order to receive benefits may result in a disqualification of up to 26 weeks and criminal prosecution.