Hello. I hope everything works out for you and your husband. UI varies from state to state in terms of the maximum amount and the calculation for benefits. Here’s how it works in general:
First, he will need to call and open an unemployment claim. They will take his SS#, places of work over the last year, address, etc and initiate the claim. The week that the call is made is a waiting period week and he will not receive a check for it. It will not count towards the initial 26 weeks claim.
The UI office will verify salary paid and that the separation was a layoff. If he received severance pay and did not have to sign a liability release in exchange for it, he might be told to wait until those weeks are up. Otherwise, it’s one waiting period week and then the following weeks will be paid weeks. Usually there is a 2-3 week turnaround in getting the claim started and receiving payments. He’ll file each week and will receive catch up payments up to the previous week and then weekly payments from there.
As of today, he will have 26 weeks in his initial claim and is eligible for extended UI until the end of 2011 as a result of the tax bill passed last month. After 2011, he will not be eligible for additional weeks without Congress passing another extension of benefits. There is no guaranteed 99 weeks vacation as some experts here will claim. Usually the amount of the check is half the salary up to some maximum amount. If he earned a steady annual salary over the last year, it should be easy to figure out. If he worked several jobs, I believe they take the average of the two highest earning of the last four quarters, divide by 26, and that’s the amount. Check your state’s website.
The initial claim is open for a year, meaning that he can take a temporary job, work for the term, then reopen his claim once it ends up until one year. At the one year mark, the UI claim would be recalculated based on this year’s earnings. Some who “max out” and receive the maximum payment received substantially less after a year due to taking lower paying temp jobs and not finding permanent full time work after one year. Just something to keep in mind.
And that’s about it.The most important part is to stay positive, work hard and you’ll both through this. Good luck.