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State-by-state directory for unemployment insurance and information

Even in the best of times, understanding how unemployment benefits work can be a challenge. This directory makes it easy to find everything you need to know about unemployment insurance and benefits in each state. Choose your state to quickly access information about what actions you need to take if you plan on terminating an employee. You’ll also find links you can share with employees who need to file an unemployment claim.

 

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Please note: If, as the result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, you find that you will need to need to shut down your business or lay off multiple workers, it’s important to review the federal or state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) requirements around advance notice for your business. If you aren’t sure which regulations apply to your business, be sure to consult your legal advisor. You can also find more information in our COVID-19 resource center.

 

The US Department of Labor’s unemployment insurance programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own when they meet certain eligibility requirements. For the states that offer them, we’ve also included a link to COVID-19 specific updates.

 

State Unemployment Information Documentation required? Final wages, if employee quit Final wages, if employee fired COVID-19 Updates 
Alabama General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required No law No law COVID-19 specific updates
Alaska General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday that’s at least three (3) days after the employee gives notice Within 7 working days of termination COVID-19 specific updates
Arizona General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

UIB-1015A Next scheduled payday Whichever is first: within seven (7) business days or next payday COVID-19 specific updates
Arkansas General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Within 7 business days COVID-19 specific updates
California General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

For Your Benefit pamphlet must be given to employees no later than the effective date of termination along with an immediate written notice to employees of a change in the employment relationship Within 72 hours Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
Colorado General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
Connecticut General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Employers must provide employees with Form UC-61 -Unemployment Separation Notice immediately upon termination of employment. Next scheduled payday Next business day COVID-19 specific updates
Delaware General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
District of Columbia General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: within 7 days or next payday Next business day COVID-19 specific updates
Florida General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required No law No law n/a
Georgia General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Separation notice — DOL Form 800 No law No law COVID-19 specific updates
Hawaii General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Immediately or next scheduled payday, depending on date of final notice Immediately or next business day if needed COVID-19 specific updates
Idaho General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: 1) within 10 days or next payday OR 2) if the employee makes a written request for earlier payment, then within 48 hours of receiving the request Whichever is first: 1) within 10 days or next payday OR 2) if the employee makes a written request for earlier payment, then within 48 hours of receiving the request COVID-19 specific updates
Illinois General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Pamphlet “What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance” is required if workers are laid off for 7 days or more or separated from payroll for any reason Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Indiana General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Iowa General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Kansas General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required, but employers must provide documentation if requested by the employee. Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Kentucky General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is later: within 14 days or next scheduled payday Whichever is later: within 14 days or next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Louisiana General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Form LWC-77 within three days after the date on which the separation from service occurs, or three days after the worker’s separation from employment. Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days COVID-19 specific updates
Maine General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within two (2) weeks of a demand from the employee Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within two (2) weeks of a demand from the employee COVID-19 specific updates
Maryland General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday. Next scheduled payday. COVID-19 specific updates
Massachusetts  General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

The How to File a Claim  for Unemployment Insurance Benefits brochure must be provided Whichever is first: next paycheck or the Saturday that follows an employee’s resignation Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
Michigan General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Form UIA-1711 Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Minnesota General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required, unless requested by the employee. If requested, the employee is entitled to obtain a copy of their personnel record. If requested in writing within 15 working days of the termination, the employee is entitled to a written explanation of the truthful reasons for the employer’s termination decision. Next payday that’s at least five (5) days after an employee’s last day but no more than 20 days after final day Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
Mississippi General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required No law No law COVID-19 specific updates
Missouri General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required No law Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
Montana General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days Immediately, but the employer can maintain a written policy that extends this time to the next payday or within 15 days COVID-19 specific updates
Nebraska General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within two weeks Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within two weeks COVID-19 specific updates
Nevada General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

NUCS-4139 Whichever is first: within 7 days or next payday Immediately COVID-19 specific updates
New Hampshire General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday or within 72 hours (if employee gave at least one pay period’s notice) Within 72 hours COVID-19 specific updates
New Jersey General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Instructions for Claiming Unemployment Benefits, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Unemployment Insurance Form – BC 10 is required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
New Mexico General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Within 5 days COVID-19 specific updates
New York General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

Employers are required to notify any employee terminated from employment with form IA-12.3 Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
North Carolina General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
North Dakota General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days COVID-19 specific updates
Ohio General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within 15 days COVID-19 specific updates
Oklahoma General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Oregon General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Immediately if the employee gave 48 hours’ notice. Otherwise within 5 days Next business day COVID-19 specific updates
Pennsylvania General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Rhode Island General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
South Carolina General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required No law Whichever is first: within 48 hours or next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
South Dakota General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday or when employee returns company property Next scheduled payday or when employee returns company property COVID-19 specific updates
Tennessee General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

A Separation Notice must be given to the employee within 24 hours of separation Within 21 days Within 21 days COVID-19 specific updates
Texas  General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Within 6 days COVID-19 specific updates
Utah General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Within 24 hours COVID-19 specific updates
Vermont General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or next Friday Within 72 hours COVID-19 specific updates
Virginia General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Washington General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required but Washington law does require employers to provide a signed written statement stating the 1) reasons for and 2) effective date of discharge upon a written request by the employee Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
West Virginia General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Next scheduled payday COVID-19 specific updates
Wisconsin General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Next scheduled payday Whichever is first: next scheduled payday or within one month COVID-19 specific updates
Wyoming General information

 

Filing an unemployment claim

None required Within 5 business days Within 5 business days COVID-19 specific updates

 

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