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Glossary of Unemployment Insurance Terms

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Additional 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 unemployed worker.

Calendar Quarter  -  A period of three consecutive calendar months ending on March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31.

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 states.

Determination  -  An official decision by the Department of Labor and Training regarding the unemployment claim of a person. (See monetary and nonmonetary determination)


Disqualification  -  A condition, as defined in the Rhode Island statutes, which may disqualify a claimant from receiving benefits.


Effective date  -  The effective date of your initial claim is the Sunday prior to the day that you first file your claim for unemployment insurance.


Exhausted Benefits  -  This results when all of the benefits for which you are eligible have been paid.


Filing Date  -  The date you fill out your claim for unemployment compensation.


Highest 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.


Initial Claim  -  A new or an additional claim, according to Rhode Island law.


Interstate Claim  -  A claim filed, after you have moved to a new state, against the state where you had earned wages.


Issue  -  An act, circumstance, or condition which could potentially disqualify you from receiving benefits.


Job Attached  -  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 the claim.


Lag Quarter
  -  The quarter between the end of a base period and the quarter which includes the effective date of your claim.

Liable State
  -  The state against which a worker files a claim for compensation.


Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)  -  The maximum amount of benefits which a person may receive during a benefit year.


Monetary 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 year.

New claim
  -  The first claim for benefits which is filed in a benefit year.


Nonmonetary determination  -  A written notice issued to inform a person whether or not you are eligible for benefits based on a decision on an issue.


Overpayment  -  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.


Period 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.


Reopened 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 ).

  -  A process by which a claimant may establish eligibility for unemployment insurance through reemployment following a determination of ineligibility and a period of disqualification.


Unemployment  -  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 benefit amount.


Unemployment 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.


Voice 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.


Wage Credits  -  Wages earned during your base period by a person working in employment which is covered by state unemployment compensation laws.


Wage Protest  -  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.

Waiting Week  -  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.

Weeks Compensated  -  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.

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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