¿Los trabajadores calificarán para beneficios de desempleo si el coronavirus (COVID-19) hace que un empleador cierre temporalmente o permanentemente sus operaciones?
Los beneficios del seguro de desempleo (UI) están disponibles para las personas que están desempleadas por causas ajenas a su voluntad. Si un empleador debe cerrar sus negocios y no hay trabajo disponible, las personas pueden ser elegibles para beneficios de desempleo. Haga clic aquí para más información.
¿Cómo solicitan los trabajadores beneficios de desempleo?
Pueden presentar su solicitud en línea en labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. Si requieren asistencia o no tienen acceso a una computadora, pueden llamar a nuestro centro de reclamos al (208) 332-8942. Haga clic aquí para más información sobre como archivar un reclamo de desempleo.
Si un empleado recibe beneficios de desempleo como resultado de un cierre comercial relacionado con el coronavirus, ¿podría afectar los impuestos de desempleo del empleador?
Si. No hay provisiones para renunciar a los requisitos de carga como resultado del coronavirus.
Los beneficios de desempleo pueden estar disponibles para algunas personas cuyo desempleo es atribuible a COVID-19.
¿Qué es el seguro de desempleo (UI)?
El seguro de desempleo proporciona mantenimiento temporal de ingresos a las personas que han sido separadas del empleo por causas ajenas a su voluntad y que cumplen con todos los requisitos de elegibilidad, incluidos los requisitos que estén capaz y estén disponibles para trabajar, registrarse en el servicio estatal de empleo y busca de trabajo activamente. Haga clic aquí para más información.
¿Qué pasa si me descansan temporalmente porque el lugar donde trabajo está cerrado temporalmente debido al virus COVID-19?
Un individuo descansado temporalmente puede calificar para beneficios si él o ella están, disponible y buscando trabajo activamente o si van a volver a trabajar con su empleador dentro de 16 semanas.
* Will workers qualify for unemployment benefits if the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes an employer to temporarily or permanently shut down operations?
Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer shuts down operations and no work is available or reduces an individual’s hours due to a drop in business, we would consider this a lay off due to lack of work and the individual may be eligible for benefits. Anyone can apply for benefits, and we will evaluate the individual merits. If there is a situation not covered by these FAQs, the individual may want to file a claim and we will evaluate the circumstances to determine eligibility. Individuals do not need to call us before filing the claim. Click here for more information.
* How do workers file for UI?
Anyone can file online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. If claimants require assistance or do not have access to a computer, they may call our claims center at (208) 332-8942. Click here for filing information.
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Additional FAQs were added and other questions were revised March 24 and March 27. They are marked with *.
FAQs for Claimants
COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19.
What is unemployment insurance (UI)?
UI provides temporary income maintenance to individuals who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own and who meet all eligibility requirements, including the requirements that they be able and available for work, register with the state employment service and actively seek work. Click here for more information
* What if I‘m temporarily laid off because the place where I work is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus?
An individual temporarily laid off may qualify for benefits if he or she was able, available for and actively seeking work or returning to work with their employer.
How do I file for UI?
File online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. If you require assistance or do not have access to a computer, please call our claims center at (208) 332-8942.
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 →