Learn How To Apply For Unemployment Claims With Our Guide

Learn How To Apply For Unemployment Claims With Our Guide

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Many applicants claim federal unemployment benefits in Nevada once they are approved. In some cases, beneficiaries may even file for an unemployment benefits extension, but that’s a rare occurrence, and depends on the nationwide unemployment rates. Otherwise, the time an applicant can claim unemployment benefits is unique, and is determined by the beneficiary’s employment status.

How to Claim Unemployment Benefits in Nevada

In order to claim unemployment benefits in NV, the applicant you will receive a “Notice of Monetary Determination”, containing all the wages he or she earned during the base period. This will also relay the beneficiary’s weekly unemployment insurance benefit amount. If the wages are incorrect, the applicant may file a wage redetermination and will have 11 days to submit additional proof, such as pay stubs or W-2s. If the petitioner believes that the redetermination is incorrect, he or she has the right to appeal.

How Long Can I Receive Unemployment in Nevada?

Although federal guidelines can vary per state, in Nevada, claiming benefits for unemployment entitles a recipient up to 26 weeks of benefits. The total benefit amount will be based on either 26 times the beneficiary’s average weekly earnings amount, or half the beneficiary’s total base period wages.

Learn About Unemployment Benefits Extensions in Nevada

Part of the federal unemployment benefits is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC), which covers states like Nevada when the unemployment rate rises too high. There are four tiers of EUC lasting up to 53 weeks in total. However, these benefits are not active unless the state’s unemployment rate reaches a certain percentage. A notice explaining how to receive a Nevada unemployment benefits extension will be sent to you when this happens. Make sure to obtain the special forms you will need for the NV benefits extension from the local unemployment office.

What is the Base Period and Alternate Base Period in Nevada?

The base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters (three month periods). For example, if filing an unemployment benefits claim in January, the base period would start in October of the previous year, and last until January of the year prior to that. The alternate base period is the four calendar quarters directly prior to the filing quarter. For example, if you file for unemployment insurance benefits during the last quarter of this year, you would have the previous three quarters of this year and the final quarter of last year as your base period. The alternate base period is used only if wages in the standard base period do not meet the earning requirements. The only other type of extended base used for income is in the case of a work-related injury that had earnings prior to the injury.

How are Unemployment Benefits Paid in Nevada?

All Nevada unemployment claim benefits are paid to a special VISA debit card you will receive in the mail. All beneficiary’s claiming benefits for unemployment will also be able to schedule same-day automatic transfers from the debit card into a personal bank account. You will be sent a prepaid debit card that your weekly benefits will be loaded onto. The card will be sent in the mail within 7-10 days of filing your initial claim. To activate the card, you will have to provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number and your date of birth. You will be able to log-in to Nevada’s Employment Security Division account to check your balance, see purchases and manage any fund transfers to other accounts.  To make purchases, you will not need your PIN unless requesting cash back.  You can check your balance at any ATM, which costs nothing the first time each month, but all other times will cost a $0.50 fee. Avoid paying ATM fees by getting cash back when you make purchases, or by only using ATMs at Wells Fargo Bank.

What are Nevada’s Job Programs?

Part of Nevada’s federal unemployment benefits include a full range of services for finding work. From exploring career options with the Nevada Career Information System, to easy access to copiers, fax machines, and resume builders, beneficiary’s will find everything needed to regain employment. The following free programs are available:

  • Resource Centers: Provide phones, copiers, fax machines, computers, phones, and other office equipment at JobConnect offices.
  • Vocational Counseling: Offers counseling from employment professionals who will assess your skills and create a plan to find work.
  • JobConnect Job Postings:  Posts work opportunities and allows search of local and statewide listings.
  • Job Search Workshops: Condensed guidance sessions focusing on specific topics related to employment.
  • Career Information System: Provides individuals information on paths to other careers.