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$400 unemployment benefits: link and how to login to claim them

US President Donald Trump signed the executive order to extend compensation for those who lost their job. Find out how to apply.

$400 unemployment benefits: link and how to login to claim them

After Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an agreement on a new relief bill to support individuals and businesses deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump signed several executive orders on Saturday in an attempt to fill in part of the void. One of these was for an extension to the unemployment compensation introduced as part of the CARES Act.

Unemployment benefit: how do I apply?

Based on the advice from the US Department of Labor, to receive unemployment insurance benefits, you are required to file a claim with the unemployment insurance program in the state where you worked. Depending on the state, claims may be filed in person, by telephone, or online. According to their website:

1. You should contact your state's unemployment insurance program as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.

2. Generally, you should file your claim with the state where you worked. If you worked in a state other than the one where you now live or if you worked in multiple states, the state unemployment insurance agency where you now live can provide information about how to file your claim with other states.

3. When you file a claim, you will be asked for certain information, such as addresses and dates of your former employment. To make sure your claim is not delayed, be sure to give complete and correct information.

4. It generally takes two to three weeks after you file your claim to receive your first benefit check.

Unemployment benefit: am I eligible?

In general, the guidelines are that if you have lost your job - or have been placed on the furlough scheme - and it was no fault of your own, then you should be entitled to the additional unemployment benefit. This does vary by state, however, so it is always important to check.

Signed | US President Donald Trump shows signed executive orders for economic relief.
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Signed | US President Donald Trump shows signed executive orders for economic relief.JOSHUA ROBERTSREUTERS

Based on the guidance from the US Department of Labor, you will usually qualify if you:

1. Are unemployed through no fault of your own. In most states, this means you have to have separated from your last job due to a lack of available work.

2. Meet work and wage requirements. You must meet your state’s requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a "base period." (In most states, this is usually the first four out of the last five completed calendar quarters before the time that your claim is filed.)

3. Meet any additional state requirements. Find details of your own state’s program.


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