Not necessarily. Being monetarily eligible means only that you have sufficient qualifying wages to establish a claim. We must also determine if you meet all the personal eligibility requirements. Like other types of insurance, the unemployment insurance program requires that you meet certain conditions before qualifying to receive payment. To qualify, you must meet both personal and monetary eligibility requirements.
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Each week you claim, you must do certain things to receive a payment. You must be ready, willing and able to take any offer of suitable work. To be eligible, you must be:
The general rule is that a person who voluntarily leaves suitable work without good cause, attributable to the employment, is not eligible for benefits.
For good cause to be attributable to the employment, it must relate to the wages, hours or working conditions of the job. A change in conditions created by your employer or a breach of your employment agreement which is substantial and adversely affects you may be good cause to quit. Also, if the job itself adversely affects your health or aggravates or worsens a medical condition, it could be good cause to quit. Medical documentation may be required.
Regardless of the cause, in most cases, good cause attributable to the employment may only be found if you took reasonable steps to inform your employer of your dissatisfaction and sought to remedy the problem before you left. If you quit, you must prove that you had good cause for leaving.
If you are fired, you may be disqualified for benefits if the employer can prove you were discharged for work-related misconduct. If you are discharged, the employer must prove there was misconduct.
Pregnant claimants are eligible for benefits according to the same rules that apply to all other claimants. If you are ready, willing and able to work, and are actively searching for full-time work, your pregnancy has no bearing on your collecting benefits.
If your schooling or training does not interfere with your availability for full-time work, you may be able to collect benefits. You may also qualify if your schooling or training is funded by WIA, TAA/NAFTA, or is Director approved. Contact your nearest local office for information regarding these programs.
First, you must file your weekly report. You must be working less than full time, physically and mentally able to work, available for work and actively seeking full-time work. You must be willing and able to work all of the days and hours normal for the type of work you are seeking. You must remain in your area unless you are seeking work elsewhere.
Situations arise that require the Idaho Department of Labor to stop payment while investigating claims and issue decisions that may deny benefits. Some of the circumstances under which your claim for benefits may be denied are explained below:
If you lose your job and unemployment benefits are denied because you were separated for cause or because you refused another job, you must build a new earnings record to qualify for benefits in the future, and usually self-employment can be used to requalify. You must provide proof of the income earned from self-employment. During Extended Benefits, the wages used to requalify from a benefit denial must be earned in an employer-employee relationship.
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Brad Little, Governor
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