Rhode Island Unemployment
The Rhode Island unemployment insurance program provides financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. After losing a job or resigning, applicants are required to file an initial claim with the Department of Labor and Training, and a weekly claim each week they wish to receive benefits. If you are granted unemployment benefits, you must continue to meet the state eligibility standards and look for full-time employment on a regular basis. The state will require you to keep track of all of your efforts to find a job.
You must file an initial unemployment claim in Rhode Island, and if it is approved, you will begin to receive benefits. You must wait a week after you lose your job to file your first claim, and you can do so either online or by telephone. In general, filing for EDD unemployment online is more convenient and time-saving for the vast majority of applicants. You will also need to post your resume online and apply for at least three jobs a week if you wish to remain eligible.
The amount that you receive on a weekly basis will depend on the amount you earned while working. It will be less than your regular salary, and calculations do not take financial need into account. You must be a citizen of Rhode Island to receive unemployment, and the state does have the right to verify any information you provide with a previous employer. All of your benefits are taxable, so you will need to report your benefits to the Internal Revenue Service to avoid owing at tax time. You can receive unemployment insurance coverage in R.I. for up to 26 weeks, and there is no way to extend them if they run out during the 52-week calendar year.
If you are denied unemployment insurance benefits in RI, you do have the right to file an appeal. Once your appeal is received, you will be scheduled for a hearing with the Board of Review, which will issue a final ruling in regards to your unemployment claim. During an appeal, you are allowed to present any evidence that may be relevant to the case and hire legal representation.