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Report work when requesting benefit payments

Each time you request a benefit payment, we ask if you worked during the week you are requesting. You must answer “Yes” if you worked at all, including:

  • The last week of your old job or first week of a new job
  • A temporary job
  • A part-time, or on-call job, even if you had it before you became unemployed from your main job
  • Self-employment, working for cash, or volunteer work
  • A job outside your usual occupation or industry
  • A training or trial period at a new employer, paid or unpaid
  • If your hours were reduced

If you worked, you must report all hours worked and earnings from all work every week you request benefits. There are no exceptions. You must report:

  • Total hours worked that week.
  • Total gross earnings that week (before deductions and taxes). Earnings include:
    • wages, tips, salary, commission, cash
    • self-employment income
    • the value of any rent, goods or services you receive for working

Keep a record of your hours worked (Sunday through Saturday) regardless of when you will be paid for those hours. If you worked for more than one employer in a week, combine your earnings and hours from all employers.

You must report your earnings for the week you perform the work, not when you are paid. For self-employment, report your weekly earnings after you deduct your direct business expenses for that week (for more information on reporting self-employment, go to: Self-Employment).

How does working affect my benefits?affectBenefit

You are not eligible for benefits in any week you work 32 or more hours, or when your gross earnings for the week are equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount.

A partial benefit payment may be made to you for any week you work fewer than 32 hours and your earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount.

What if my hours vary week to week?varyWeek

If the number of hours you work varies week to week, you should request benefits every week. Report the gross earnings and hours you worked each week. The system will automatically determine whether you are due a payment and the amount.

What happens if I fail to report my hours and earnings?failReport

  • If you did not report your hours and earnings, call us immediately to correct your mistake, otherwise it may be considered fraud.
  • If you do not report all hours worked and all earnings, you will be overpaid and must repay benefits you received.
  • If we determine that your overpayment is fraud, you will be charged a 40 percent penalty and interest on the overpaid amount. You will not be eligible for benefits until your overpayment, penalties, and interest are paid in full. In some cases there may be criminal penalties.

Your earnings will be verified! We will verify your earnings and hours with information reported by your employers.

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