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by Edwin Mwai|2012
To be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in Hawaii, you must fulfill two monetary qualifications. The first qualification is that you must have received paid wages for the last two or more quarters of your base period while the second qualification is that the total wages must come to 26 times the weekly benefits amount in your base period.
The typical base period is taken to be the first four in the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the effective date of the making of your unemployment insurance claim. The effective date of your unemployment claim, on the other hand, is taken to be the Sunday of the week that you make your first application. Failure to qualify through the standard base period does not mean that all is lost because an alternate base period can be used. This alternate base period in essence refers to the last four completed calendar quarters.
If your work was in other states outside of Hawaii and specifically the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, you are allowed to combine all these wages in your base period of your claim in order to enable you to meet the requisite monetary qualifications or enable you to increase your weekly benefit claims amount.
Processes involved in the Filing of Unemployment Insurance Claims
There are a number of procedures that one needs to follow depending on the nature and type of claim. The first step is that you need to file your initial claim immediately you become unemployed. You will be taken through an interactive Voice Response system and you also have the option of speaking to a customer service representative. Calls are advised to be made during normal business hours.
The next process will involve you receiving an additional information packet within 1-2 days after you have filed for your unemployment benefits. You should read them carefully and complete the forms honestly and truthfully before returning them to your local unemployment office. You will then receive a Reminder Claim Certification. For clarification you can use the Hawaii-Tele claims line.
You will then involve yourself with the filing of your claim certification after you file for initial claims. This is done in the first week which is also the waiting period. You will then await the determination of your insured status. This is sent to you usually within seven days from the making of the initial claim.
The next step will be the eligibility determination process which is completed usually 14 to 21 days after an individual has filed for these benefits. The last step is the Appeal Rights which is a step that has been availed to cover the event that your former employer might want to contest your being awarded unemployment benefits. The unemployment office goes ahead to schedule an appeals hearing within 2 -4 weeks of filing your initial claim subject to the workload. To get the current standing of these claims, read the article titled Unemployment Benefits 2012.
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