What Is The Base Period?

The "base period" is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately before the first day of an applicant's benefit year. If an applicant does not have 20 weeks of covered employment in the "base period," the "alternate base period" may be used. The "alternate base period" includes the most recently completed calendar quarter instead of the one five quarters ago. The base period never includes more than four quarters.

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