Like in most states in the US, Nebraska offers a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment benefits payment per annum. But before you will be able to get the financial support, you will have to qualify first for this contribution. There are 2 ways of claiming unemployment benefits: either claim online or via telephone. Depending on the first letter of your surname, you can call on a certain day of the week. If you have only worked in Nebraska, then according to the Department of Labor, the easiest way to claim is online.
Everyone that claims unemployment benefits will have to wait a week without having the right to receive money for that week. You will have to fill in a questionnaire and you will have to prove that you did work for companies that paid unemployment insurance taxes so it is important to keep your payment slips or ask an overview from your ex- employer.
Can everyone apply for unemployment benefits? No, unfortunately not. Only people who were laid off or whose working hours have been cut significantly will qualify and also, they will only qualify if they earned $2807 or more and that at least $800 dollars was earned in each of two consecutive quarters. In case you have any doubt, the department advises to claim regardless of your situation and let them assess your case. An investigation will start immediately the moment they have received your application.
You will have to claim on a weekly basis and every week you will have to indicate whether you have worked or received money in whatever form. This is the basis for the calculation of your financial support for that week. Sick leave, pension and holiday payments as well as other payments can influence the amount of the support. Also, temporary and part time work will have to be reported. Failing to do so might result in further claims being rejected. In addition, every successful claimant for unemployment benefits will receive a booklet with all the do’s and the do not’s. This booklet can also be downloaded from the internet at http://dol.nebraska.gov/