by Lyle Daly | March 27, 2020
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Here are all the details you need about Utah's unemployment benefits.
If COVID-19 has cut your income, one step you should take ASAP is filing for unemployment benefits. Every state has different rules and regulations for these benefits, and this guide covers qualification requirements and the application process in Utah.
These are the standard requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits in Utah:
In addition, there are specific scenarios related to COVID-19 in which you should qualify (Workforce Services says these conditions may receive ongoing updates):
You won't qualify for unemployment if you're on paid leave or if you're not able and available to work -- which includes not being available because you have COVID-19. However, Workforce Services still recommends filing a claim in the latter scenario.
To apply for unemployment benefits, go to the Workforce Services Claim Filing website. Read the instructions, and then click "Continue" to start the filing process. This process takes about 30 minutes.
Your benefit amount is based on the wages you earned in the highest-paid quarter of your base period. You should receive this information in a "Notice of Monetary Determination" within three weeks of filing for unemployment. Benefits can be paid to either a U.S. Bank Reliacard account or as a direct deposit to your bank account.
To estimate how much money you'll receive, go to the Workforce Services Preliminary Monetary Determination calculator and provide your Social Security number.
You can collect unemployment benefits in Utah for between 10 and 26 weeks, depending on your earnings. The number of weeks you can collect unemployment will be included in your "Notice of Monetary Determination."
However, the CARES Act extends that period by 13 weeks, allowing you to collect unemployment benefits for up to 39 weeks.
If your unemployment claim is denied, you can file an appeal online, by mail, or by fax. You must file your initial appeal within 15 days of the denial date.
The appeal involves a hearing before an impartial administrative law judge (ALJ), who will decide whether to confirm or reverse the denial.
If the ALJ confirms the denial, you can file an appeal with the Workforce Appeals Board. The board only reviews the record of the first hearing to reach its decision, and there isn't a hearing for this second appeal.
While a loss of income is jarring, unemployment benefits can at least provide some relief. We've also gathered information on where to find financial help during this pandemic so you can get the assistance you need.
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