To be eligible for UI benefits, an individual must have been paid at least $12,120 in either the base period or an alternate base period. If they did not earn this amount, they may be eligible if they meet all of the following conditions:
1. They were paid at least $2,020 in one of the base period quarters, and
2. They were paid total base period taxable wages of at least one and one-half times their highest single quarter earnings, and
3. They were paid total base period taxable wages of at least $4,040.
The chargeable employer is the most recent base period employer for whom the claimant was separated and had worked at least 4 weeks and earned at least $202 each week.
How long can an individual claimant collect regular unemployment benefits?
The duration of a claim is equal to 33% of the total base period wages divided by the basic weekly benefit amount. Click here for additional information on the calculation of the weekly benefit amount as this is subject to change. The most individuals are allowed to collect of regular unemployment benefits is an amount equal to 26 full weeks. Individuals may claim these weeks any time they are unemployed during the benefit year.
Note: If you have already filed an appeal on a decision rendered by the director, you DO NOT need to protest benefit charges using this application.
For more information, including definitions, visit SECTION 28-43-1 of the RI General Assembly website.
§ 28-42-3 (3) “Base period”, with respect to an individual’s benefit year means the first four (4) of the most recently completed five (5) calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of an individual’s benefit year.
§ 28-43-1 (7) “Most recent employer” means the last base period employer from whom an individual was separated from employment and for whom the individual worked for at least four (4) weeks, and in each of those four (4) weeks had earnings of at least twenty (20) times he minimum hourly wage as defined in chapter 12 of this title.