FAQ due to CARES Act
Will UI payments be increased by $600 per week and when?
Yes. All weekly payments will increase by $600. This will begin the week of March 29, 2020.
Example, if my benefit payment was $320 per week it will now be $920 per week starting on March 29, 2020. You will receive two payments one for $320 and one for $600.
I have worked part time over the past year and typically would not qualify, can I apply?
Yes. Under the CARES Act those who have worked part-time over the past year will now qualify for UI.
You will get the weekly benefit amount you qualify plus the $600. You will receive two payments. One for the weekly benefit amount and one for the weekly $600.
The Unemployment Benefits calculator is intended to be a quick reference for determining your approximate potential benefit amounts.
The results obtained are not guaranteed to be accurate.
The 4 quarters in your base period are the 1st 4 of the last 5 complete calendar quarters. The basic benefit calculation is easy, it is 1.1923% of your base period wages. However, below are some factors which may affect how you would expect the calculation to work:
- Effective July 7, 2019 the minimum rate is $39 and the maximum rate is $552 per week regardless of how high the wages are.
- There must be at least $1500 in one of the 4 quarters or the claim will be invalid.
- The total wages outside of the highest quarter must be at least $1,500.
- The total of the 4 quarters must be at least 1 1/2 times the amount in the high quarter.
If the wages in the 3rd & 4th quarters are very low compared to the 1st 2 quarters the claim may also be invalid. Once the weekly benefit amount is calculated from the wages, the total wages in the final 2 quarters must be at least 8 times this weekly amount.