First and foremost, as soon as you lose your job, file your application immediately. Don’t waste time, you’ll be waiting long enough as it is. It’s not uncommon to have a wait time of anywhere from one to three weeks for the processing of your original claim. Any delay on your part will cost you money. If you wait to file for compensation, the time during which you waited will be lost wages for you. New Hampshire does not allow for back dating the payments when it comes to unemployment claims.
Basic eligibility qualifications are pretty standard. You must have, of course, lost your job through no fault of your own. So if you quit your job voluntarily, you may run into a snag; there are (as with almost anything) exceptions to that rule. If your working conditions were deemed ‘inhumane’ or if the conditions under which you worked could be considered unsafe, you may still be able to claim unemployment in New Hampshire. You have to be able to work; physical disability preventing you from work is a whole other ball game. You must be capable and willing to seek a job. A minimum requirement of weeks worked (which also means that your employer needs to have paid unemployment taxes for you) is outlined by the state.
On the same line, you must have earned a specific amount of wages (once again, outlined by the state) during those weeks worked. The specified amount is subjected to change and is known as your ‘earned wages for the base period’. The documents which you will need to fill out to qualify for your unemployment benefits are pretty standard as well. Personal details will be required, as well as personal details regarding your family. The detailing of your former employer is necessary, as well as any out of state employment information you may have. You will be expected to explain how/why you lost your job; give a summary of your specific job skills and there are additional requirements involving citizenship, work visas, alien registration numbers, etc.
Some experts are predicting the recovery of America’s economy to be in the very near future. Let’s hope the experts are right!