Category Archives: Unemployment Insurance

Respuesta a Preguntas Frecuentes del Empleador

Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes del Empleador

Las preguntas y respuestas nuevas tienen la fecha.

Si necesita información importante para sus empleados por favor visite las publicaciones Datos del desempleo y Cómo Solicitar Beneficios

Actualizado el 20 de mayo: ¿Están cubiertos los contratistas independientes o trabajadores auto-empleados (que trabajan por cuenta propia)?

Si. El Departamento de trabajo de Idaho está haciendo pagos bajo el programa de asistencia de desempleo por pandemia. Encuentre más detalles acerca de los beneficios en nuestra página web Programa de Asistencia de Desempleo por Pandemia

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Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes de Solicitantes de Seguro de Desempleo

Nota: Todos los programas federales de asistencia de desempleo del Acta CARES, incluyendo PUA, serán descontinuados en la semana que termina el 19 de junio de 2021. Hay más información disponible aquí

Vea estas  Respuestas a preguntas frecuentes de seguro de desempleo  para información de como solicitar y como navegar el sistema.


Preguntas relacionadas con COVID-19

EL seguro de desempleo en general

Las preguntas y respuestas que han sido actualizadas tendrán fecha escrita.


Pregunta: Escuché que la Asistencia de Desempleo por Pandemia (PUA, por sus siglas en inglés) está terminándose.

Respuesta: Si, es correcto. Los programas de seguro de desempleo y las extensiones financiadas por el Acta Federal CARES expiran el 26 de diciembre del 2020, incluyendo la Asistencia de Desempleo por Pandemia (PUA) y La Compensación de Emergencia de Desempleo por Pandemia (PEUC por sus siglas en inglés). Seleccione aquí para información adicional acerca de la expiración de estos programas.

NUEVO el 15 de abril: Recibí mi pago de estímulo de $1,200. ¿Lo reporto en mi solicitud de desempleo o mi reporte semanal?

No. El pago de estímulo no está enlazado con el seguro de desempleo y no se reporta para propósito de seguro de desempleo

Actualizado el 16 de mayo: ¿Están cubiertos los contratistas independientes o trabajadores auto-empleados?

Si. Encuentre los detalles acerca del beneficio en la página web Programa de Asistencia de Desempleo por Pandemia

Actualizado el 16 de abril: Escuche que voy a recibir $600 más por semana. ¿Cuándo comienza?

Encontrará más información en la página web del departamento de trabajo en Compensación de Desempleo Federal por Pandemia

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Claimant FAQs about Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19

FAQs for Claimants. Updated or new FAQs are noted with the date.

See these unemployment insurance FAQs for how to file and navigate the system.

Note: All federal CARES Act unemployment assistance programs, including PUA were discontinued June 19, 2021. Additional information is available here.


What is the CARES Act?

The federal CARES Act programs provide economic assistance to unemployed workers. The CARES Act consists of programs for an additional $300 per week, individuals who are not eligible for regular benefits, and extended benefits.

Did the CARES Act programs expire?

Yes. But Congress passed legislation to extend the CARES Act programs that affect unemployment benefits. Former President Trump signed it into law on Dec. 20, 2020.

Will I receive an additional $300 per week?

Yes. The Federal Pandemic Compensation (FPUC) program will add an additional $300 to a weekly benefit payment, effective 12/27/2020.

How do I apply for the additional $300 per week?

No additional action is required on your part. If you submit your weekly certification report and are eligible for a full or partial unemployment payment, you will receive the additional $300.

Are independent contractors or self-employed workers covered?

Yes. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides benefits to self-employed individuals who became unemployed because of COVID-19 and are not eligible for regular benefits.

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Re-employment Interview Gives You the Tools to Get Back to Work

What is the purpose of the RESEA interview?  

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.

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Federal Shutdown: Idaho Unemployment Insurance Benefits

This blog post was updated Jan. 29, 2019

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.

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DMV Computer Upgrades Mean Delay in Verification in Claimant Portal

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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.

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Why Can’t I Continue Receiving Unemployment Benefits After Returning to Work?

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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.

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits Information for Furloughed Federal Workers

Question: I am a federal worker who has been furloughed. Am I eligible for unemployment?

Answer: You are eligible to file for unemployment insurance compensation. You would need to meet personal and monetary eligibility, but would be considered laid off due to lack of work.

Q. How do I file for benefits?

A. You must file online at We do not file claims over the telephone. If you do not have internet access or need help filing online, you may file at your nearest local Idaho Department of Labor office. If you are filing a claim against Idaho, but live in another state, you also may file your claim online at

After you have successfully filed your initial claim, you will file your weekly continued claim reports at You may want to check out these helpful videos.

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Do You Know How to Meet Your Work Search Requirements While Receiving Unemployment Benefits?

Editor’s note: This article was updated on May 3, 2021, 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, and then go to Manage Claims to view this information. Continue reading

Respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes acerca del Portal del Reclamante

Note: English translation is below the article.

El departamento de Labor de Idaho lanzará el Portal del Reclamante en español el 9 de Noviembre en nuestra página web

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.

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