You will also need to fulfill the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible consider these three criteria:
- Covered employment.
- A total gross income of at least $2,500 earned over two calendar quarters of your base period.
- Continuing eligibility.
What is Covered Employment?
Covered employment is when you work for an employer who is bound by Alaska statute and pays an Unemployment Insurance Tax for their workers.
How do I know if my employer pays an Unemployment Insurance Tax?
If your employer pays the tax, this means he is registered with the Alaska Department of Labor.
- He should have a certificate posted at the place of work, which shows he is registered with the Alaska Department of Labor or the Employment Security Division.
- You can also ask the department who handles payroll if your wages are subject to unemployment insurance.
What is the “base period”?
In Alaska, the regular Base Period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which a claim is filed for benefits.
If you do not have sufficient wages in the base period for an eligible claim, you will be placed on an alternate base period.
An alternate base period is the last four completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you file your claim.
To continue to be eligible, keep these things in mind:
- You need to accurately report the reason you are unemployed.
- Report any wages you are earning including part-time and/or temporary work.
- Register with ALEXsys. This is a system known as the Alaska Labor Exchange System. Some individuals may be exempted for this requirement.
- Always be available for full-time work.
- Do an active search for work. Contact your local job center, make a plan and execute it.
- Avoid errors when filling out your claim and make sure you receive the right amount of benefits. Prevent Unemployment Insurance Fraud.
- Report the Department of Labor (DLO) of Alaska as soon as you find work.