The unemployment insurance (UI) program in the state of Indiana is provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. It is intended to be used as temporary income replacement for individuals who are unemployed and seeking employment.
Eligibility & Benefits
Similar to other state laws, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own in order to be eligible for UI benefits. However, there are other requirements that must be met before you can submit a UI claim. You must be actively seeking work, available to work, and ready to take on any opportunity that is provided to you by the department. Moreover, you must register with the reemployment service program (RES) known as Indiana Career Connect. Through this website, you will need to create a work search log that will be used to keep record of your search for employment. You must contact at least three contacts for each week that you wish to remain eligible for UI benefits. In the case that you are working on a part-time basis, you are considered eligible as long as you are earning less than 20 percent of your weekly benefit amount; if you earn more than this amount, a dollar-for-dollar deduction will be applied to your benefit amount for that week.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
In order to satisfy this requirement, you must have worked in the state of Indiana for the past 12-18 months. From this, your “base period” will be determined and used to calculate the maximum amount of UI benefits that you can receive. Your base period is a 12-month period consisting of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters in which you earned wages through employment. In this base period, you must have earned enough wages to be eligible for UI benefits. In specific, you must have earned at least $4200 in your base period, and you must have earned at least $2500 in wages during the second half of the base period. Your total wages from your base period must be equal to or greater than 1.5 times the highest wages that were earned in one quarter. Similarly, you can calculate your potential weekly benefit amount by using the total wages earned in your base period. In order to determine your weekly payments, you need to divide your total wages of your base period by 52; then, you need to multiply the result of this equation by 47 percent (or 0.47). However, you cannot earn more than the maximum amount of UI benefits permitted by the state, which is $390 per week.
How to File a Claim
The application process has been simplified, and you no longer are limited to applying in-person at a WorkOne Center in Indiana. Instead, you can fill out an application online by using the user-friendly Uplink filing system, which was created specifically for processing UI claims. Before you can submit your application, you will need to have the following items:
- Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- The dates of employment and reasons for separation from all positions held within the last 18 months
- Banking information if you wish to receive payments through direct deposit
- One additional piece of identification, such as driver’s license or pay stub
- Unique username and password, which will be used to verify your identity and provide you with access to your claim