In Nebraska, the unemployment insurance (UI) program is designed to provide temporary financial assistance to individuals who are unemployed and seeking employment in the state. The UI program is offered to workers through the Nebraska Department of Labor. To accommodate a diverse population, the employment services are offered in both English and Spanish.
To qualify for UI benefits, you must be completely or partially unemployed due to no fault of your own; however, you must not be sitting idle. Instead, you must be actively seeking employment and willing to work as soon as you find a suitable job opportunity. At the same time, you cannot refuse employment for any reason, such as illness or injury. Moreover, you must have worked in Nebraska for the past 12 to 18 months. In the case that you are partially employed, you will be eligible to receive UI benefits as long as you are earning less than your potential weekly benefit amount. For this reason, you must report all of your earnings, which includes any tips, commission, or bonuses earned through part-time or contract-based employment.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
As previously stated, you must have worked in Nebraska for at least one year before applying for UI benefits. This is because your earnings from this period will be used to determine your monetary eligibility for the UI program. This specific 12-month period is known as your “base period.” In general, your base period will consist of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters, and it will be used to determine how much in total you will be qualified to receive through the UI program. In particular, the quarter in which you earned the most wages is known as your high quarter, and you must have earned a minimum of $800 in your high quarter in order to satisfy this requirement. In addition, you must have earned at least $2600 in total wages in your base period.
In Nebraska, the maximum amount you can receive in UI benefits is $363 per week; however, you will not receive less than $70 per week as well. Although each claimant’s eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, you can benefit from the UI program for a maximum of 26 weeks in one benefit year (52-week period). Before you can start receiving benefit payments, you will need to serve a one-week waiting period in which you will not be paid and you are not permitted to work.
How to File a Claim
The process of filing a claim can be completed online or by telephone. You can contact the Claim Center at 1-877-725-9918. Before you can apply for UI benefits, you will need the following information:
- Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- Dates of employment and the reasons for separation from the positions mentioned
- Banking information if you wish to receive your payments through direct deposit