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DLLR's Division of Unemployment Insurance

 

Issues, Disqualifying Reasons and Penalties

 

ABLE AND AVAILABLE
If you are not able to work or not available for full-time work without restrictions. NOTE: If defined by unemployment insurance as a part-time worker, you must be able and available for the required number of hours of part-time work.
Benefits are denied until you are able to work and are available for full-time work without restrictions. NOTE: If defined by unemployment insurance as a part-time worker, you are denied until you are able and available for the required number of hours of part-time work.

ACTIVE SEARCH FOR WORK
If you fail to make an adequate active search for work.
Benefits are denied until you begin making an adequate active search for work.

ALIEN STATUS
If you are not a citizen of the United States and your alien status must be determined as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

ATTENDING SCHOOL OR TRAINING
When you filed your initial claim or your weekly claim certification (request for payment), you indicated that you are currently attending school or training that may interfere with your availability for work.

DISCHARGED FROM EMPLOYMENT - Depending on the reason you were discharged, there are three levels of misconduct in the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law.
Simple Misconduct - If you were discharged or suspended for simple misconduct in connection with the work.
Benefits will be denied from 10 to 15 weeks from the week that includes your last day of work.
Gross Misconduct - If you were discharged or suspended for gross misconduct in connection with the work (serious or repeated violations of employment rules or expected standards of behavior could be considered gross misconduct).
Benefits are denied until you become re-employed and earn 25 times your weekly benefit amount in insured work.
Aggravated Misconduct - If you were discharged or suspended for aggravated misconduct in connection with the work (malicious, deliberate acts meant to cause physical harm, property loss or damage could be considered aggravated misconduct).
Benefits are denied until you become re-employed and earn 30 times your weekly benefit amount in insured work.

EMPLOYMENT IN ATHLETICS (REASONABLE ASSURANCE)
You are employed in a sports-related job and are out of work between seasons, and you will return to work when the next season starts. In other words, you have reasonable assurance of returning to work.
Benefits based on the athletic employment are not payable between seasons.

EUC ELIGIBILITY (Federally Funded Extension of Benefits)
You may not be eligible to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) as provided by Federal Law.

FILING PROPER CLAIMS
If you fail to file a weekly claim certification (request for payment) for each week of unemployment timely or at all.
Benefits are denied starting with the first week for which you did not file a timely weekly claim certification (request for payment) and continuing through the weekending date prior to the week during which you contact DUI to reopen your claim.

FRAUD
If you knowingly made a false statement or failed to give important facts in order to obtain or increase benefits.
You may be disqualified for one year and must repay all benefits you have received, plus interest. In addition, you may be prosecuted for fraud.

FRAUD OVERPAYMENT
If you committed fraud and that fraud resulted in an overpayment.
A 15% fraud penalty will be added to the amount of your overpayment. Interest will be assessed on both the benefits overpaid and the fraud penalty at the rate of 1.5% per month or 18% annually.

INSUFFICIENT BASE PERIOD WAGES
There is a question concerning your monetary eligibility for benefits.

LABOR DISPUTE (STRIKE OR LOCKOUT)
If you are unemployed due to a stoppage of work because of a labor dispute from which you might benefit or in which you are involved.
Benefits are denied for the duration of the stoppage of work due to a labor dispute.

LATE APPEAL OF ELIGIBILITY
You did not file your appeal within the required time period.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE
You are unemployed because you are on a leave of absence and may be unavailable for work.
Benefits are denied as long as you are on the leave of absence and unavailable for and/or unable to work.

MEETING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
If you fail to report to the Division of Workforce Development when required to do so, or fail to be available for a telephone fact finding interview with the Division of Unemployment Insurance.
Benefits are denied until you contact the Division of Unemployment Insurance, or participate in the required Workforce Development program.

MILITARY BENEFIT ENTITLEMENT
You are recently separated from the military and it must be determined if you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the Federal Law.

MONETARY ELIGIBILITY
You worked full or part-time during a week and you earned more than you reported, or you received holiday pay, vacation pay, special payment, bonus or severance pay, OR there is a question concerning your monetary eligibility for benefits or dependents' allowance.

NOT UNEMPLOYED
You worked full-time during a week and earned more than your weekly benefit amount; or you worked full-time during a w eek and earned less than your weekly benefit amount; or you were self-employed on a full time basis, regardless or whether you earned any money.
Benefits are denied as long as you are working full-time.

OPTION TO FILE IN OTHER STATE
You may be eligible for benefits in another state that you worked in during the base period.

OVERPAYMENT
If you received benefits for which you are found to have been ineligible.
Benefits are not payable to you until the overpayment is repaid.

PENSION
You are receiving, have received or will receive a lump sum pension or monthly pension.
Your weekly benefit amount may be reduced by the amount of pension you are receiving.

QUIT TO ATTEND TRA TRAINING
You quit your job to attend a training class approved by the Federal Trade (Readjustment) Act.

RAILROAD OR OTHER STATE ELIGIBILITY
If you have applied for or are receiving benefits under the laws of another state or the United States, for example, railroad unemployment insurance..
Benefits are denied as long as you receive benefits under that law.

REFUSED JOB OR JOB REFERRAL
If you fail to apply for available, suitable work or if you fail to accept such work when offered to you.
Benefits are denied (a) from 5 to 10 weeks, or (b) until you become re-employed and earn 10 times your weekly benefit amount in insured work.

SCHOOL EMPLOYMENT (REASONABLE ASSURANCE)
You are employed by a school and are out of work between school terms or during a school vacation period, and you will return to work when school reopens. In other words, you have reasonable assurance of returning to work in school-related employment.
Benefits based on the base period school wages are not payable between terms or during vacation periods.

SECOND BENEFIT YEAR ELIGIBILITY
If you had a Benefit Year last year and haven't worked since it started.
Benefits are denied until you work and earn 10 times your new weekly benefit amount (counting all wages in insured work since the first Benefit Year began). Example: If your weekly benefit amount for the new Benefit Year would be $175, you must have earned $1750 since your first Benefit Year began.

SEVERANCE PAY
You are receiving, have received or will receive severance pay, dismissal pay, [or] wages in lieu of notice.
This money is allocated from the last day of work. Benefits are not payable for the weeks to which this money is allocated. All severance payments are deductible, regardless of the reason that you became unemployed.

SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS
You are required by court order to pay child support that may be deducted from your weekly unemployment insurance benefit amount.

VOLUNTARY QUIT EMPLOYMENT
You have voluntarily quit your employment.
If you quit your job without good cause attributable to your employment, either of two disqualifications may apply: Denial of benefits (a) from 5 to 10 weeks from the week that includes your last day of work, or  (b) until you become re-employed and earn 15 times your weekly benefit amount in insured work (voluntarily leaving to join a spouse, to attend school or become self-employed result in this penalty as provided by the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law). Penalties are determined based on the reason you voluntarily quit.

WORK SHARING ENTITLEMENT
You are participating in a work sharing plan and there is a question about your eligibility for work sharing benefits.