The purpose of the interview is to provide you with tools to help you return to work as quickly as possible. Your Labor workforce consultants are employment experts dedicated to helping you find work. They will provide individualized job search feedback and create a plan to help ensure a successful work search. The consultant also may assist you with labor market information, resumes and innovative ideas for seeking work.
Why is the interview required?
In order to receive unemployment insurance benefits, you are required to seek work and may be required to perform certain work search activities. Required work search activities include participating in an in-person interview if you are selected.
Question: I am a federal worker who has been furloughed. Am I eligible for unemployment?
Answer: Yes. You are considered laid off due to lack of work and you need to meet personal and monetary eligibility. However as a federal employee, you also need to be aware of several unintended consequences of applying for unemployment insurance benefits.
Before you apply, please consider the following:
You will not receive your first unemployment insurance payment for approximately three weeks after you file for benefits.
If the federal government compensates you or back pays you for the work you missed during the furlough (as it has historically), you will be required to disclose your payment information to the department and repay any unemployment insurance benefits you collect during that time.
You are required to seek work and make at least two job contacts per week.
Q. Once the shutdown is over, if the federal government back pays us for our time away from work, is this income reportable? If so, how should I report my income?
A. Yes. If you receive your back pay, call us at (208) 332-8942 and let us know.
Q. Once the shutdown is over, if the federal government back pays us for our time away from work, do I have to repay benefits?
A. Yes. For unemployment insurance purposes, any back pay you receive from the federal government is reportable income for the weeks you are furloughed and will result in an overpayment of benefits. Please be aware that unpaid overpayments accrue interest of about 11 percent after 30 days from the overpayment establishment. If you have an outstanding overpayment balance, the department will seize your state tax refund, potentially delaying your refund. If your overpayment balance exceeds $350, you must contact us at (208) 332-3842 to set up a repayment agreement that does not exceed three months to avoid a lien being filed against you.
Q. Why is my profile ‘not verified’ in the Claimant Portal?
The Idaho Department of Labor routinely verifies your claim information to protect your identity. Comparing your information with the Department of Motor Vehicles is one of our verification methods. Due to DMV computer upgrades, your profile information will temporarily show as ‘not verified’ from Wednesday, Aug. 8 until Monday, Aug. 13. Once upgrades are complete, we will complete the identity verification.
Why can’t I continue receiving unemployment benefits after returning to work? It’s just until I get my first paycheck.
There are a few reasons why people are not allowed to receive unemployment benefits after becoming fully employed. First and foremost, it’s important to know that it’s against the law to collect unemployment benefits after you return to full-time work. Unemployment is only meant as temporary financial assistance until you’re employed again.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on Dec. 6, 2019, to reflect changes to acceptable work search contacts.
The Top 10 Things You Need to Know
1. Actively look for work
Almost everyone collecting unemployment insurance benefits is required to actively look for work each week.
In very few cases, some people may not be required to look for work if they are scheduled to return to full-time employment within 16 weeks and they are considered to be job attached. Never assume you are job attached or are not required to look for work. If you think these situations may apply to you, please call a claim specialist at (208) 332-8942.
Unless you have specifically been told that you do not have to actively look for work, you are required to look for a full-time job. In fact, you are required to complete two employer contacts or work search activities each week you file a claim for unemployment benefits.
You MUST comply with the work search requirements you agreed to when you completed your online application. These requirements can be viewed, and verified, online at our Claimant Portal. Log in to your account at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal, and then go to Manage Claims to view this information. Continue reading →
El departamento de Labor de Idaho lanzará el Portal del Reclamante en español el 9 de Noviembre en nuestra página web labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal
El Portal del Reclamante es un sistema seguro en línea que los reclamantes usan para aplicar para recibir beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo, archivar reportes semanales y para ver información del reclamante. El portal del Reclamante fue establecido en ingles en el 2015.
¿Porque estamos cambiando?
Los reclamantes de beneficios que solo hablan español han tenido que llamar a nuestro centro de reclamos para someter una aplicación para recibir beneficios de desempleo. De ahora en adelante estos reclamantes pueden aplicar para recibir beneficios de desempleo y archivar sus reportes semanales cuando sea más conveniente para ellos. Ya no estarán restringidos por nuestras horas de trabajo y pueden evitar largos periodos de espera en el teléfono.
¿Si tengo un reclamo actualmente, tengo que registrarme en el Portal del Reclamante en Español?
Si. Al utilizar nuestro sistema por primera vez usted deberá registrarse con su correo electrónico y una nueva contraseña. Para instrucciones más detalladas por favor siga esta Guía.