Disqualified from PUA benefits?
If you have been disqualified from benefits, your message center will have a message with a determination attached as a PDF. These determinations are called “Pandemic Unemployment Disqualification Determination.”
Week to week disqualifications
These disqualifications only apply to a specific week rather than your whole claim.
Here are the reasons you may be disqualified one week:
- Excessive Earnings
- Not Able and Available
- Reporting You Turned Down Work
If you earn too much to qualify for a week of PUA, you will not be eligible for benefits that week. You will not be found ineligible for the entire program, and you should continue to file your weekly certifications if you haven’t fully gone back to work. You may be eligible for future weeks if your partial earnings reduce enough to qualify you for some or all of your weekly benefit amount.
If you say that you are not able and available on a certification, your benefits will stop. Able and available means that you could do some form of work if you were offered. It does not require that you are able to do your most recent job. It just means you could do some form of work and there is a job out there you could accept. For example, could you work at home doing a job over the telephone if provided with the necessary tools?
If you turn down a suitable offer of work without good cause then you may be disqualified from unemployment benefits. The government will investigate the situation and look at both whether the offer of work was suitable (for example, is it safe) and whether you had a good reason to turn it down (for example, you are high risk or are caring for children).
What income do I need to report when I file?
Are you working part-time and collecting benefits? It’s important to know what income you need to report and when.