Maine Unemployment is an insurance program that serves as an economic stabilizer to workers, their families and communities when jobs are lost. The program provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
Eligibility Requirements for Maine Unemployment Benefits
In order to receive Maine Unemployment Benefits, you must:
1) Be totally or partially unemployed;
2) Be able and available for work;
3) Have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in by a ‘subject employer’ (one that pays unemployment payroll taxes) during the past 18 months, check with your payroll department to be sure;
4) Have been paid wages that are at least 2 times the annual average weekly wage in Maine during at least two calendar quarters in your base period;
5) Have been paid wages totaling at least six times Maine’s annual average weekly wage; and
6) Be actively seeking work. Your local Department of Labor (DOL) CareerCenter offers free job search help. But you cannot limit your work search only to CareerCenter registration.
Applying for Maine Unemployment Benefits
To request Maine Unemployment Benefits by:
1) Internet – go to www.file4ui.com and then click ‘File an Unemployment Claim’;
2) Telephone – call a Maine Unemployment Compensation Claims Center at 1-800-593-7660;
3) Mail – Maine Unemployment insurance claim forms are available at all Maine Department of Labor (DOL) CareerCenters, at many city and town offices, and www.file4ui.com. On Publications and Forms, locate the Initial Claim Form (B-9.2). You must print a copy, complete it, and then mail it to the nearest UC Claims Center. Instructions for completing the form are included with the form. In some situations, your employer may give you a claim form. Instructions for how to complete and to mail the form are included.
Receiving Maine Unemployment Benefits
Your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is the benefit amount that you can receive for one week. Your weekly benefit amount (up to the limit provided for under State law) is determined by dividing the average of the wages in the two (2) highest quarters of your “base period” by 22.
Your maximum benefit amount (MBA) is the maximum amount of benefits that you can receive during your “benefit year.” This amount is either 26 times your weekly benefit amount, OR, one-third of your total base period wages, whichever is less.
If you are the whole or main support of a child under the age of 18, a child who is a student between the ages of 18 and 23, or a child who is disabled, you may be eligible for a dependency allowance of $10 for each child. If you do not receive a form for claiming dependency allowances, you should request one from your UC Claims Center.
Each “Benefit Year” lasts for 12 months. It starts with the Sunday of the week in which you file your claim and ends one year later. CLAIMS CANNOT BE BACKDATED. If you have earned enough money to qualify for a claim, your benefits are available during that one-year benefit year. Your benefits will not last for the entire benefit year. You may be eligible for a maximum of 26 full benefit checks during your benefit year, however this period may be extended by law.
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