Unemployment Compensation Article


Unemployment Compensation

Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Work

To receive unemployment benefits, a person must have been separated from employment through no fault of their own, made a certain amount of money while employed,  and be able, available and actively seeking full time work. This article focuses on the “be able, available and actively seeking work” requirement. 

To show you are able, available, and actively seeking work you have to meet all of the following:
1.    You must be accessible to a labor market
2.    You must be ready to work on a full-time basis
3.     Your personal circumstances must leave you free to accept and undertake some form of full-time work
4.    You must be actively seeking work or following a course of action reasonably designed to result in prompt reemployment in full-time work.

Actively Seeking Work

To show that you are actively seeking work you should keep a log of all jobs you apply for, all job fairs you attend, and all job interviews you go to.
Ready to Work on a Full-Time Basis
Ready to work on a full-time basis means that if you left your last job due to an illness or injury that kept you from doing your job, you are not eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if the illness or injury still keeps you from working.  You may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits when the illness or injury no longer stops you from working.
You also may be eligible for unemployment benefits if the illness or injury prevents you from no longer working in your usual occupation, but you can do other work.  You will need to show:
•    That you are able and available for  other full-time work, and
•    That such work exists in your community, and
•    You would accept such work.

Students

If you are a full-time student, you are not available for work. However, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if you can show all of the following:

•    You attended school full-time and worked full-time for the nine months before you filed for unemployment; and
•    You did not leave suitable full-time work voluntarily or reduce your hours to part-time work.
•    You are a part-time student, and you show that schooling is secondary to full-time employment.;
•    You did not quit full-time work to be a part-time student;
•    There is full-time work available at times when you do not attend class;
•    You will change your class time or drop classes to accept full-time work.

Refusal of Suitable Work

 You will lose your unemployment benefit if you turn down an offer of "suitable" work without "good cause." Suitable work is work that fits your training, experience, skills, health, physical fitness, prior earnings, and is within 20 miles of your home.

For example, if you are an auto mechanic, you will not have to accept the open job at a fast food restaurant. However, if an auto mechanic job is available, you will have to accept an auto mechanic job or lose your unemployment compensation unless you have "good cause" to refuse the new offer.
Good cause to turn down an offer of suitable work means one of the following applies to you:
•    There was a reasonable prospect of other work, which means a written offer for another job;
•    The distance to the available work from home is more than 20 miles, or more than 1 hour commuting time one way, or commuting expenses would be 15% 0r more of gross wages.;
•    The work would adversely affect an existing physical or mental impairment;
•    The work required take a polygraph test as a pre-employment requirement.
•    The wages, hours or other conditions of the work are much worse than those for similar work in the community;
•    The job offered is not in the worker’s customary occupation and there is a good prospect of obtaining work in the customary occupation.
•    The work is offered because of a strike, lockout or other labor dispute;
•    You would have to join a company union or to resign from or refrain from joining a bona fide labor organization as a condition for work. (A.R.S. §§ 23-775, 776).

The Department of Economic Security (DES) manages unemployment compensation in Arizona. DES has on-line unemployment benefits applications and other useful information for job seekers.

The on-line unemployment benefits application is here: https://des.az.gov/content/apply-ui-benefits.

Other useful information about unemployment compensation in Arizona is here: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/eligibility-unemployment-insurance-benefits.

A Guide to Arizona Unemployment Compensation Benefits is  here: https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/dl/PAU-007.pdf.

Attached Document
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Comments:

On 8/11/07
nancy said
i was sent a notice that denied my unemployment,stateing i failed to return from an fmla,i was fired and my doctor had me schld returning pending medical findings,which resulted in a surgey/ a lower lumbar disk fusion.

On 11/8/06
need help said
eeks notice, I recived appeal hearing and was denied because I went back to work after being told I would not have work history if I didn't give 2 weeks notice

On 11/8/06
NEED HELP said
I was verbally assulted and embarassed by drunk owners in front of many coowners and coworkers.I quit my job!manager called me begging to come back I said no,he said you dont want to leave with no work history for last 7yrs do you? So I agreed to 2 w

QUESTIONS

  • if you are court ordered to quit a job can you get unemployment
  • I lost my job almost a year ago. I was denied unemploymt due to a paperwork problem and didn't appeal as I kept thinking I had a job right around the corner. I didn't. I finally got a job, right after I filed the appeal. They denied me because I hadn't been checking in every week. Is there anything I can do to get my "back-pay"? I was applying for jobs the whole time and can prove it.
  • Well I'm unemployment so I file for unemployment I got prove but now they sent me an telephone appeal. Now I have to prove my case after I got approve. what do I need to do to get myself ready?
  • I was laid off and filed for UI April, 2011. I received a Severance Package from my employer that payed me my salary for a period of 7.25 months in a lump sum. Unemployment originally approved me receiving UI Compensation in April 2011. They reversed their decision when I applied in November 2011 for Federal extension. They based the reversal on ARS 23-621 and A.A.C. R6-3-55460 B. DES contends these codes deny UI for anyone while they receive Severance. They do not. Please take a look. My sorting out of the mess my claim is in continues to this day. I was referred to you by Channel12
  • Is the state required to make a decision on your unemployment claim by a certain amount of time? What is the longest they can wait to make a decision on whether or not you qualify for unemployment? What happens if you get a job before they make a decision?
  • how do i file for unemployment online
  • can you receive unemployment going to school part-time?
  • if someone worked with a faked social security until May 2013 then got her valid social can she transfer all the years worked under the faked social security #?
  • Am I eligible for U.I. benefits if I am employed part time? My employer has reduced my hours to 25 or less per week due to the seasonal nature of the work.
  • Can I take a part-time job while receiving unemployment compensation?

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