Attention Claimants: New Debit Cards will be sent in June. Is your address up-to-date? Sign in to make sure.
5/12/16 - If you receive your benefit payments on a red
IDES MasterCard from Chase, please be aware that your card will be replaced in the near future with a blue
IDES MasterCard from KeyBank. To avoid payment interruptions, please make sure your address is up to date. To update your address, sign in
or call (800) 244-5631. Questions and Answers
about the debit card change.
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.
The program ensures that, if you meet the eligibility requirements
of the law, you will have some income while you are looking for a job, up to a maximum of 26 full weeks in a one-year period, depending on when the claim was established. Unemployment insurance, however, cannot and does not protect you against wage losses while you are absent from work due to illness or while you are idle by choice. Link to Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook.
File for Unemployment Insurance
File Online: You will be prompted to login, which requires you to create an online username and password.
Be sure to have all necessary information ready when filing your claim.
Instructions if you are filing for unemployment insurance and live out of state.
On your scheduled certification day, the best way to certify for benefits is the internet. You can certify for benefits online by going here. These services are available Monday - Friday from 5:00AM to 7:30PM.
Certifications are done every two weeks on your assigned call day.
Login to view and print your 1099-G tax information. Individuals who have not established a username and password to manage their account will first be prompted to do so. Accessing the form electronically speeds the tax preparation process because individuals can obtain the form at their convenience and not wait for it to be mailed. Earlier tax years are also available.
Chase Debit MasterCard Information and FAQ
With the Prepaid Debit Card, you can access your payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through retail Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) anywhere you see the MasterCard logo or the logos on the letter your card was attached to in this package.
Additional Information & Forms
What Every Worker Should Know about Unemployment Insurance (English
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