Claim - An additional claim is filed after a
break in unemployment claims because of intervening employment within
the benefit year.
Address of Record -
The address to which all documents are mailed. You must notify the
Call Center at 401-243-9100 of any address changes. Checks will
not be forwarded by the Post Office.
Base Period - The first
four of the last five completed calendar
quarters before the beginning of your claim.
Benefit Week - A calendar
week which starts at 12:01 am Sunday and ends at 12:00 midnight
the following Saturday.
Benefit Year - Your
benefit year ends one year from the effective
date of your claim.
Benefits - The monetary
amount paid to an unemployed or partially
Calendar Quarter - A period of three consecutive
calendar months ending on March 31, June 30, September 30, or December
Calendar Week - The
seven consecutive days beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday.
Claimant - A totally or
partially unemployed person who files
for unemployment benefits.
Claimant Fraud - The willful misrepresentation
or nondisclosure of a material fact by a claimant
for the purpose of obtaining benefits to
which the person is not entitled.
Combined-Wage Claim - A claim filed in one state
against wage credits in two or more
Determination - An
official decision by the Department of Labor and Training regarding
the unemployment claim of a person. (See monetary
and nonmonetary determination)
- A condition, as defined in
the Rhode Island statutes, which may disqualify a claimant
from receiving benefits.
date - The
effective date of your initial claim is the Sunday prior to the
day that you first file your claim for unemployment
- This results when all of the
benefits for which you are eligible have been paid.
- The date you fill out your
claim for unemployment compensation.
Quarter - The
quarter in your base period in which
you earned your highest wages. Total wages for the base period must
equal at least 1.5 times the highest quarter of earnings for you
to be eligible for benefits.
Claim - A
new or an additional claim, according to Rhode
- A claim filed, after you have
moved to a new state, against the state where you had earned wages.
- An act, circumstance, or condition
which could potentially disqualify
you from receiving benefits.
- If you expect to be recalled
to your job within twelve weeks from your employer, you will not
be required to contact other employers or register for work until
after the expiration of twelve weeks. If you are not recalled within
the twelve weeks, you must begin an active work search to continue
to receive benefits. This must be confirmed with the employer and
starts from the effective date of
Lag Quarter - The
quarter between the end of a base period
and the quarter which includes the effective
date of your claim.
- The state against which a
worker files a claim for compensation.
Benefit Amount (MBA) - The
maximum amount of benefits which a person may receive during a benefit
Determination - A
written notice issued to inform you:
1.) Whether or not you meet the
wage requirements necessary to establish entitlement to compensation,
2.) What the weekly and maximum benefit amounts you may receive,
if entitled, and
3.) The beginning and ending dates of your benefit
New claim - The
first claim for benefits which is filed in a benefit
determination - A
written notice issued to inform a person whether or not you are
eligible for benefits based on a decision on an issue.
- An amount of benefits paid
to an individual to which the individual is not legally entitled. An overpayment is created when unemployment compensation benefits are received by an individual not legally entitled to such payment. An overpayment may be caused by a claimant error or may be intentional. There is no time limitation which prevents recording an overpayment that is detected or any set period of time when the overpayment can be removed from the record as uncollectible.
It is important that you be completely honest when filing claims for benefits. If you are not truthful or you fail to disclose important information to receive benefits you will be required to repay the money to the department, future benefits will be withheld to offset your overpayment, your state tax refund can be withheld, and/or you can be taken to court.
of Employment - The
period beginning with the first day an employee works for an employer
and extending through the last day he or she works prior to termination.
claim - A claim
filed after a break in claimed weeks during a benefit
year. This break could be caused by illness, disqualification,
unavailability, or failure to report for any reason other than job
attachment. It is not a break resulting from other employment
(See additional claim ).
Requalification - A
process by which a claimant may establish
eligibility for unemployment insurance through reemployment following
a determination of ineligibility and a period of disqualification.
- Any week in which you perform
no services and receive no wages or perform less than full-time
work if wages payable for that week are less than your weekly
Insurance (UI) or Unemployment Compensation
- A program under which a person,
who is unemployed through no fault of his or her own, is paid weekly
benefits based upon his or her past wages in employment covered
by state or federal laws.
Unemployment Compensation for
Federal Employees (UCFE) - The
federal program that provides benefits to former federal employees.
Unemployment Compensation for
Former Military Personnel (UCX) - The
federal program that provides benefits to former military personnel.
Union Attached - If
you expect to be recalled to your job from your union, you will
not be required to contact other employers or register for work
with the netWorkri offices. This must be confirmed with the union
and starts from the effective date of the claim.
Response System - Phone
service which allows you to file your continuing claims by calling
401-243-9600. The system will note for which weeks you may file.
Then you will be asked to respond to questions corresponding to
those on the claim certification form.
- Wages earned during your base
period by a person working in employment which is covered by
state unemployment compensation laws.
- The right to protest a monetary
determination if a person feels that it does not accurately
portray his or her wages. This protest must be filed within 15 days
following the date of notice on the monetary determination.
- A week of unemployment
for which a claimant does not receive compensation
but must meet the same eligibility requirements that are necessary
to qualify for receipt of compensation for subsequent weeks of unemployment
during the benefit year.
- The number of weeks of unemployment
for which benefits are paid.
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
- The amount payable to a claimant
for a compensable week of total unemployment.