Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits Information

Claiming Benefits for Unemployment in Oklahoma

When a petitioner files an OK unemployment benefits claim, the employer will be mailed a notice when the former employee files a claim. The employer can respond to this notice by submitting their input as to the circumstances of the job separation. Although the federal unemployment benefits claimant will not be paid for the first week of the claim (as that week is considered to be a waiting period), he or she must still file a weekly certification for that week, either by phone or the internet, in order to get credit for the waiting period. Following the waiting period, once the applicant files his or her weekly certification, he or she should receive a payment unless there are issues on the claim that are still being investigated, or the claimant is not monetarily eligible. Oklahoma unemployment insurance payments do not necessarily come on the same day of the week and could be delayed by holidays, computer failures or the former employee’s failure to respond to a request from the unemployment claims center.

When a candidate is claiming benefits for unemployment, the former employee will receive a Notice of Determination of Benefits (monetary determination). This determination will show:

•    The employers that paid unemployment taxes on their wages during the base period.
•    The applicant’s benefit year, which generally begins on the Sunday of the week he or she files the initial claim, and ends one year later
•    The weekly benefit amount awarded
•    The maximum benefit amount
•    Any messages regarding eligibility for unemployment or overpayments on a prior claim

It is the responsibility of the unemployment insurance applicant to read the Notice of Determination and ensure all employers and base period wages are reported correctly. If claimants earned wages in another state, were in the military service or worked for the federal government during the base period, these wage credits will not appear on the Notice of Determination unless requested. If the unemployment registration wages on the Notice of Determination of Benefits are listed incorrectly or if there were other errors or omissions, the claimant needs to immediately contact his or her Unemployment Service Center. He or she may be instructed to provide check stubs or W-2 statements to show the correct wages. 

If a candidate received worker’s compensation total temporary disability (TTD) during the base period and were not monetarily eligible for benefits, he or she also needs to contact the Unemployment Service Center so that the Center can file an extended base period claim. If an education employee desires to file for an unemployment claim, he or she is held to different criteria. If there is a historical pattern of reemployment, or the applicant has been notified in writing that he or she may be rehired doing the same or similar work, the wages earned from the educational institution cannot be used on the claim. The applicant must continue to file weekly benefit claims while wages are being investigated.

Regarding Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) unemployment benefits claims, TAA pays benefits to workers who either lost their jobs or experienced reduced working hours as a result of increased imports. A Trade Readjustment Allowance is essentially an extension of weekly unemployment insurance coverage.


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