How Often Do I Have To File Claims?

You must file a Weekly Pay Authorization every week you are claiming benefits. For unemployment, the week runs from Sunday to Sunday. Failure to return your Weekly Pay Authorization timely causes a delay in benefits and may result in denial of benefits. If you do not get a new Weekly Pay Authorization covering the weekly claim period in the mail within one week of the Sunday date you mailed your last Weekly Pay Authorization, it is your responsibility to report to the local unemployment insurance office on the next working day in order for your Weekly Pay Authorization to be received on time.

If you are eligible to receive benefits, your first check will normally be mailed within three weeks after filing your claim, and a check should arrive every week after that if you continue to mail your Weekly Pay Authorizations weekly.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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