How Do I Check My Unemployment Benefits with the Unemployment Office Maryland?

You can file for unemployment benefits when you lose your job in the state of Maryland with the department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. There are eligibility requirements for you to receive the benefits. You can check the status of your claim in person, online or through the phone.

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Apr 28, 2020

How Do I Check My Unemployment Benefits with the Unemployment Office Maryland?

If you are a resident of Maryland and find yourself without a job due to forces outside your control, you can register for unemployment benefits at the Unemployment Offices of Maryland. The benefits should cover your expenses while you search for another job and will continue until you find another employer.

You can also place an unemployment claim if you have been placed on a mandatory leave of absence. The same goes for a missed pay due to labor disputes.

You will sometimes hear unemployment benefits in Maryland referred to as unemployment insurance. All unemployment claims in Maryland are the responsibility of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

How Does Maryland Unemployment Work?

The process of receiving unemployment benefits in Maryland is relatively straightforward. Immediately you lose your job, you should file a claim at the Maryland Unemployment Office. You can file your claim in person, over the phone or through the Maryland unemployment website.

Your application will be filed and processed by the unemployment office. Your claim will then either be approved or denied. The unemployment office will notify you of the status if your claim.

If your claim is approved, you will have to wait a week for the benefits to arrive.

You are required to search for other jobs and provide proof of your job hunting endeavors for you to continue receiving benefits from the Maryland unemployment office.

The amount you receive in benefits from the Maryland unemployment office will depend on the amount you were paid at your previous occupation. You should receive your benefits on a card provided by the state after filing your claim each week.

According to the laws of Maryland, you can collect unemployment benefits for only 26 weeks. If you do find another job before then your claims will automatically be denied going forward.

Maryland Unemployment Benefits Eligibility

Before you proceed to check the status of your claim, you should know if you are eligible to receive the benefits in the first place. You need to meet these eligibility requirements for you to be able to claim the benefits.

Some of the requirements include that you should be able to work, be searching for another job and have worked in the state. Most importantly, you should have lost your previous job through no fault of your own.

There are also wage requirements for you to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in Maryland. You need to have earned at least $1176 in the quarter before you lost your job. You also need to have earned at least 1.5 times the amount of your highest paid quarter for the entirety of the base period. The base period is the last four or five quarters.

You should know that you can meet all of the above requirements but still be denied unemployment benefits in Maryland. Common reasons for rejected applications depend on the type of work you did, your previous employer contesting your application and not meeting the eligibility requirements.

Checking the Status of Your Claim

There are several ways through which you can check the status of your unemployment claim. Each has its own merits and drawbacks

The first way you can check your claim status is online through the Maryland, Department if Labor, Licensing and Regulation website. The status will be automatically be showcased alongside your application while it is being processed until it is either approved or denied.

The other way that you can check your claim status is to visit the Maryland unemployment office in person. It will take long and is the least efficient way of checking your claim status.

Your final option is to call the Unemployment Office of Maryland to check your claim status. A customer service agent will tell you if you have been approved or denied.

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