The loss of a job can be a stressful time for you and your family.
Fortunately, unemployment insurance is here to help. In this article, we will explain how unemployment insurance works and what you need to do after you apply. We will also present useful employment services to assist you in finding your next job.
Understanding Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance provides resources to help you find a new job and pay your bills while you look. It’s important to note that unemployment benefits are only available to those who qualify and continue to meet their weekly requirements.
The unemployment insurance program is a partnership between employers, the Georgia Department of Labor, and claimants. Employers contribute to the program by paying unemployment taxes, while the Georgia Department of Labor operates the program. Claimants must meet eligibility criteria and complete weekly requirements to receive benefits while they search for a new job.
Your Responsibilities as a Claimant
As a claimant in the unemployment insurance system, there are several important steps you need to take after applying for benefits. First, you must register on employeegeorgia.com to start looking for work. Each week, you must be able and available for work, actively search for work, and keep records of your job search activities.
At the beginning of each week, you need to request a payment for the previous week. This involves certifying your eligibility and completing the necessary requirements. It’s crucial to report any changes in your employment status, such as refusing work or working part-time. Additionally, you need to report your gross earnings for each week, even if you haven’t been paid yet.
Tools to Help You
The claimant handbook is an invaluable resource that provides detailed information about your responsibilities. It’s required reading for all claimants. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Labor’s career centers offer assistance with job openings, resume building, and skills training.
Remember, it’s essential to be accurate and truthful when submitting your weekly request for payment and work search activities. Deliberately providing false information or omitting details to receive or increase benefits is considered fraud and can lead to severe penalties.
We strongly encourage you to read the claimant handbook and begin completing your required activities. Take it step by step, and if you have any questions or encounter any issues, please reach out to us. Together, we can ensure your success in the unemployment insurance program.