Nevada Unemployment Eligibility Information

Eligibility Requirements for Nevada Unemployment Benefits

When it comes to Nevada eligibility for unemployment, there are several requirements a candidate must meet before starting the application process. Whether you’re filling out the initial application or already receiving benefits, applicants must continuously meet unemployment insurance eligibility in order to receive benefits weekly. This section will answer questions about how to qualify for unemployment, such as:

What are the different types of unemployment in Nevada?
What are the requirements to get unemployment in Nevada?
What are the specific wage requirements for unemployment in Nevada?
How do I maintain ongoing unemployment insurance eligibility in Nevada?
How do I actively seek work and show proof?
Will I lose benefits for accepting part-time jobs in Nevada?
What wages must I report in Nevada?
What other information will I need to report in Nevada?

What are the Different Types of Unemployment in Nevada?

There are four types of NV unemployment insurance eligibility: state, federal, interstate, and combined state. The combined state claim is applicable when you have worked in more than one state during the base period. 

What is a Base Period?

When receiving unemployment insurance benefits in NV, a base period is the first four of the last five calendar quarters. For example, if your claim was initiated in March, since this is still in the first quarter, the last five quarters would start in December and go back until the October of the previous year. In other words, if your claim started sometime between January and March, the base period would be between October two years ago, and December one year ago.  

What are the Requirements to get Unemployment in Nevada?

Who Qualifies for Unemployment in NV? An applicant must have personal identification and proof of employment in the last year. Furthermore, candidates must also meet certain wage requirements. Individual based period wages must be equal to 1 ½ times the highest earning calendar quarter. If not, then wages must be earned in three of the four quarters of the base period. Once either of these conditions are met, a claimant who qualifies for unemployment will then depend on his/her income, which would have to be above $400 in the highest quarter. 

Ongoing Requirements

Once you have met the basic eligibility for unemployment in Nevada and filed your claim, further actions must be taken starting that week. If you wait until you receive a notice of monetary determination you will already have unmet requirements. The following is a list of Nevada qualifications for unemployment needed to maintain eligibility.

You must file a weekly claim through the automated system. See the section on how to apply for more information.
You must be able to work unless injured, and have reliable transportation. 
You must be available and willing to accept either part-time or full-time work.
You must be seeking work and be able to show proof of contacts. 

How do I Actively Seek Work and Show Proof?

To prevent denial of unemployment insurance benefits, you are required to show a “good faith” effort to find a new job. Keeping an accurate record of these attempts to find work is essential to maintaining eligibility for unemployment. The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation has some discretion, but unless you have a reasonable excuse not to do so, you must do three things: 1) Continue to search for work, 2) Register with local job offices and the Nevada JobConnect agency and, 3) Make a record of your work search efforts and submit it with your weekly claim. 

To keep eligibility for EDD you will also be expected to be willing to take offers comparable to what is typical in your line of work. You may be exempt from searching for work if you were granted a waiver. Possible reasons for getting a waiver are labor disputes, and disability due to workplace injury. 

Tip on registering: To register for union jobs, you must meet the particular requirements of the union. 

Will I Lose Benefits for Accepting Part-time Jobs in Nevada?

Generally you will not lose unemployment insurance coverage for any work that is under full-time, unless your weekly pay equaled or exceeded the weekly benefit. If you report change in income, your benefit amounts may be lowered or increased. Make sure to report any increase or decrease in income in order to prevent overpayment or underpayment. For any reported income, an amount equal to 75 percent of the income will be deducted from the weekly benefit amount. 

What Wages must I Report in Nevada?

Wages are any amount earned before tax deductions, including commissions, tips, meals, rent, profit sharing, vacation or severance pay, 401k plans, or residual income. If not working full-time, you will still need to perform work search activities and include the results in your weekly federal unemployment benefits claim. 

What Other Types of Information will I need to Report in Nevada?

If a beneficiary want to continue to claim unemployment benefits, it is required to report changes in income, such as annuity payments and any type of pension or deferred compensation, which might reduce benefit amounts. You must also notify the unemployment office directly to change your address since the USPS will not forward Unemployment Insurance-related material.  

Moving out of state, or even leaving the local area for more than two weeks, must also be reported. You also have to report any unemployment income from another state, and any income from a previous employer. 

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