The reasons an applicant may be denied unemployment benefits in Indiana are varied and may occur during the initial unemployment application process or even after an applicant has been approved.
Should an applicant be denied unemployment benefits in IN, he or she has the right to file an unemployment denial appeal with the state.
Unemployment applicants wanting to know the answer to the question, “What can I do if unemployment denied me benefits” will benefit from reading through the following sections:
Reasons for Denied Unemployment in Indiana
Applicants may have their unemployment benefits denied in Indiana if they:
- Voluntarily quit their job without good cause
- Were terminated for just cause
- Accepted payment in exchange for voluntarily resigning or retiring
- Did not provide the proper identification or information on their initial application
- Were employed at a business during a short-term assignment
- Volunteered for a temporary layoff or reduction in hours
- Refused or failed a pre-employment drug screening
- Are on suspension due to work-related misconduct
- Did not earn sufficient wages during their base period months
Learn About Indiana Unemployment Compensation Denials After Initial Acceptance
In addition to having IN unemployment benefits denied during the initial application process, unemployment beneficiaries can be denied benefits even after they are approved for unemployment.
Unemployment beneficiaries may be disqualified from receiving benefits if they:
- Do not register with the EDD job matching service
- Fail to visit their local WorkOne for an orientation and review of their work search efforts after their fourth week of benefits
- Do not keep a record of their three weekly work searches and are not able to show a record of them when requested
- Receive pay or refuse work during any week as on-call or need-based workers
- Refuse a suitable work offer, fail to go to a job referral by their local WorkOne
- Are temporarily not available for work due to illness, injury, or leave of absence
- Fail to participate in job search assistance if selected for this service
Learn About Indiana Unemployment Denial Appeals
If an unemployment beneficiary’s claim for benefits is denied or reduced and the beneficiary disagrees with that decision, he or she has the right to an appeal. The Indiana unemployment denial appeal will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). After an applicant has filed their unemployment claim, he or she will receive a Determination of Eligibility through the mail. This notice will state whether or not he or she qualifies for benefits and explains how and why the decision was made.
Applicants who choose to make an unemployment denial appeal must complete a written statement that includes:
- Their name
- Social Security number
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Statement or description that tells why their determination of eligibility is incorrect
Unemployment applicants must file their request for an appeal within 10 days of the date the Determination of Eligibility was mailed to them. Appeals should be filed by fax, mail, or in-person at their local WorkOne.
Unemployment applicants will then be notified by mail if an unemployment denial appeal has been filed. Applicants will later be notified of the date of the appeals hearing, and they must attend this hearing or their appeal will be dismissed.
Many hearings are done over the phone and applicants will be considered as “failing to appear” if the ALJ cannot reach them at the time of the hearing. Most unemployment denial appeal hearings concern the issues of how the applicant became separated from work and if he or she is seeking full-time work.
Applicants who cannot attend an unemployment denial appeal hearing may request a postponement no later than three days before the scheduled hearing. The ALJ will then review all evidence and issue a decision on the appeal within two weeks after the hearing. The unemployment applicants should bring any evidence related to their former employer which can assist their appeal.
Unemployment claimants also have the option to appeal the ALJ’s decision to the UI Review Board within 18 days of the mailing date of the ALJ decision. Once the Review Board has rendered a decision on the case, the claimant’s next opportunity for appeal is to appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals.