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How does working affect my benefits?

You are not eligible for benefits in any week you work 32 or more hours or when your gross earnings for the week are equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount.

A partial benefit payment may be made for any week you work fewer than 32 hours and your earnings are less than your weekly benefit amount.

What if my hours vary week to week?

If the number of hours you work varies week to week, you should request benefits every week. Report the gross earnings and hours you worked each week. The system will automatically determine whether you are eligible for a payment (and the payment amount).

What happens if I fail to report my hours and earnings?

  • If you did not report your hours and earnings, call us immediately to correct your mistake. 
  • If you do not report all hours worked and all earnings, you will be held overpaid and required to repay the benefits you received. 
  • If we determine that your overpayment is due to fraud, you will be charged a 40 percent penalty and interest on the overpaid amount. You will not be eligible for benefits until your overpayment, penalties, and interest are paid in full. In some cases, there may be criminal penalties.

Your earnings will be verified! We will verify the earnings and hours you report with information reported by your employers.

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