The unemployment insurance (UI) program is administered by the Virginia Department of Compensation. Through the Unemployment Compensation Division, you can find information to help you address your employment needs, such as filing claims and obtaining worker’s compensation. If you have any questions regarding UI, you will need to contact the division’s official website.
You can file two types of claims, one of which is a regular claim and the other caters to low-income earners. In order to apply for the low-earnings claim, you must be partially employed and earning less than your potential weekly benefit amount. In the case of regular UI claims, you must be completely unemployed; however, you must be earning little to no wages through no fault of your own. As a result, you cannot apply for UI if you are voluntarily unemployed. As part of the application process, your reason for separation from employment must be confirmed by your last employer; he or she will be sent a questionnaire regarding your position and reason for unemployment. Therefore, you must be honest, accurate, and details in the UI application process. In addition, you cannot refuse a suitable job offer if it is provided to you through a reemployment service.
Work Search Requirement
To be eligible for UI benefits, you must comply with the work search requirement. In this case, your eligibility is based on whether you will participate in a reemployment service program (RES). According to the department, you must register with the Work Force West Virginia Employment Service. Through this service, you will be able to develop a work search plan and carry it out so that you can find suitable full-time employment as soon as possible.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
According to state law, you must have earned enough wages in your “base period” to be considered eligible for UI benefits. The base period is made up of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters before the quarter in which your claim is filed. In specific, you must have earned at least $2200 in total wages across two quarters. Moreover, your total wages will affect the amount that you are eligible to receive. For this reason, you will need to consult a chart of the 254 wage classes in order to determine how much you are qualified to receive in total and weekly UI benefits. In the state of West Virginia, you will not receive more than $424 per week or less than $24 per week in UI benefits. In addition, you can take advantage of these benefit payments for a maximum of 26 weeks in a specific 52-week period known as your “benefit year.”
How to File a Claim
The most convenient way to apply for UI benefits is by submitting your application online. You will need to have your Social Security Number (SSN), the details of your employment history from the last 18 months, and your personal contact information. If you wish to set up direct deposit as your payment method, you will also need your bank account details and bank routing number.