With the current state of the economy and the ever changing job market there may be times in your life that you are not employeeded through no fault of your own. If this happens to you and you live in the state of Oklahoma you should file for Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation. This is something you will need to do right away since there is an approval process you must go through in order to recieve Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation. Unemployment Compensation is provided through each state as a way to lessen the financial burden of individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own. This is just a short term assistance but can be very beneficial while you are looking for another job to take the place of your previous employment.
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The first thing you should do when you become unemployeed if file for unemployment compensation. You should file for unemployment compensation if you know you qualify for unemployment benefits or if you are unsure if you qualify for unemployment benefits.
To file for unemployment you can go ononline to Oklahoma unemployment benefits or by phone at 1-800-555-1554 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (offices are closed on all state holidays).
** You can also apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation if you are working less than full time hours and earning less than you unemployment payment would be.
When you file for Oklahoma Unemployment you must first prove your qualifications. This is done when you originally file your claim. To qualify for Oklahoma Unemployment you must be no longer employed through no fault of your own. Simply said if there is enough reason that you should not be employed you will not receive unemployment compensation.
You will be denied unemployment if any of the below apply to your claim:
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Voluntarily quit without good cause
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Discharged or fired for misconduct (misconduct is an act which is either willful or is an intentional disregard of the employer's interest).
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Not able and/or available for work
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Not a U. S. citizen and/or not authorized to work
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Limited the wages, hours, days, or areas of a job you would accept
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Did not report for or satisfactorily participate in reemployment services
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Not actively looking for work
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Refuse suitable work
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Self employed
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Involved in a strike
Ã¢ÂÂ¢ Jobs that are between terms (EX: Teachers or Sports professionals: Employees are aware there will be times of no income because of the nature of the industry)
After submitting your claim for Oklahoma Unemployment benefits you claim will be verified for approval. At this point it will either be approved if you meet the requirements or denied if you do not meet the requirements. There are two requirements you must meet.
Monetary requirements: You must have earned at least $1500.00 during the base period. The base period is the first 12 months our of the last 15 calendar months. The total during that 12 month period must also be at least one and a half times the amount you earned in your highest earning quarter in your base period. A quarter is a group of three months, you have five earning quarters in your base period.
Termination Requirements: Your request for Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation will be reviewed to determine the reason you are no longer employed. If it is determined it was through no fault of your own you will meet this requirement. The Termination reviewal is done during the first week after applying for Unemployment benefits. This week is known as the waiting week and no benefits will be paid for this week.
After you apply for unemployment benefits your previous employer will be notified by mail. The letter will be mailed with in 15 days of your application being submitted. This letter will ask that your previous employer provides details of your termination and they are also given an opportunity to dispute your claim for unemployment benefits. Your previous employer has 10 days from the date the notice was mailed to them to dispute the claim in writing.
If approved the amount of unemployment compensation will vary from person to person. The amount of unemployment compensation you will recieve if approved will be provided on the summary page when you submit your application for Oklahoma Unemployment. The earning amount can range from $16.00 to $409.00 (changed as of 2009). Your summary will also include the maximum benefit amount you can collect during your benefit year (the 52 weeks starting the Sunday prior to you applying for benefits).
Most unemployment claims are approved for up to 26 weeks. This can vary if your earnings are not enough to cover the full 26 weeks. This can also be affected by changes in unemployment compensation laws due to the current economy situation. As of January 1, 2009 the amount of unemployment compensation was increased. Make sure you check with your Unemployment department to see if there are any extensions you can file on your claim.
After you file your claims and until you no longer qualify or are denied benefits you should file weekly claims. You will only be paid benefits for the weeks you file a claim. You benefit week runs from Sunday through Saturday each week. You must file your claim after the week you are requesting benefits for. You have up to two weeks (14 days) to file a claim and still recieve benefits for that week any claim filed more than 14 days after the end of the benefit week will be denied.
Weekly claims can be filed over the phone through a automated system or over the internet. Make sure you answer all questions correctly or your weekly benefits could be delayed or denied.When filing your weekly claim you will be asked to report all earnings. You should claim the earnings for all work done during the week even if money was not paid in that week. You will also be asked for the number of hours you worked during the week.
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If you have any further questions or need additional assistance you should contact your local unemployment office. The Oklahoma Unemployment Compensation number is 1-800-555-1554.