In this post I’m here to answer some commonly asked questions about unemployment in Missouri.
One question that often comes up is: How do I make my weekly request for payment?
How do you make your weekly request for payment?
To file your weekly request for payment, you can do so online by visiting the Missouri Department of Labor website. Simply log in to the website using your user ID and password, and navigate to the section on weekly request for payments.
Answer a few short questions, and then click submit. You will receive a confirmation page indicating that your weekly request for payment has been filed.
When filing your weekly request for payment, you will be asked to report your total earnings for the week. This includes any earnings from full-time, part-time, temporary work, or even employer-paid training. It’s important to report your gross earnings, which is the amount before any deductions for taxes or benefits. This is the total amount you earned before any deductions were taken out.
If you have worked for multiple employers in a week, you will need to add up all the wages from each employer. Don’t overthink it, just keep it simple. Add up the total number of hours you worked between Sunday and Saturday, and multiply that by your hourly rate of pay. This will give you your gross earnings for the week.
In addition to reporting earnings, you will also be asked to report any vacation, paid time off (PTO), holiday pay, or WARN pay. Vacation and PTO earnings are prorated over the period of time immediately after your separation. For vacation pay, report it as if you were taking the vacation after your last day of work until your vacation balance reaches zero.
For vacation, PTO, or holiday pay, add up the number of hours for each week and multiply that by your hourly rate of pay. Report this amount weekly until your vacation or PTO balance reaches zero.
WARN pay is also considered wages for the 60-day period following the date the layoff was announced. Report these earnings weekly, up to 40 hours per week, until the end of the 60-day WARN period.
If you have any questions about how to report your vacation, PTO, holiday, or WARN pay, feel free to ask for assistance. We are here to help.
It’s important to accurately report your earnings and other payments. Underreporting or misreporting can result in having to repay the money and potentially paying a penalty. So, let us assist you in getting it right.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
- File a weekly request for payment for the week you filed your initial claim.
- Ensure that you are physically able and available to work during the week you are claiming. This means no illness, injury, incarceration, or personal circumstances that would have prevented you from working.
- If you are self-employed, be sure to know the number of hours you worked, even if you didn’t earn any income during that time.
- Report all wages earned from Sunday through Saturday, even if you won’t receive payment until later.
- Don’t forget to report any tips, commissions, bonuses, or non-cash payments for things like show up time or board and lodging.
For more helpful information, visit the Missouri Department of Labor website and explore the pages of interest and more information section.