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What are the earnings requirements for UI benefits?
To be eligible for UI benefits, an individual must have been paid at least $10,800 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 $1,800 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 $3,600.

Who is the chargeable employer?
The chargeable employer is the most recent base period employer for whom the claimant was separated and had worked at least four (4) weeks and earned at least $180 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.


SECTION 28-43-1

§ 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.

Partial Unemployment

If an individual works part-time, they must report all wages earned for any week in which they claim benefits. If an individual worked less than full-time hours (as defined by the occupation) and the gross wages are less than their weekly benefit rate; the individual should qualify for a partial benefit payment as well as a partial earnings incentive (the department would deduct the gross earnings from the weekly benefit rate and then add on 20% of the weekly benefit rate).

If you wish to protest benefits charged to your account, click here.

:  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.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8000
Fax (401) 462-8666
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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