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Security > Unemployment
Able to Work
To be eligible for benefits, a person must be physically and mentally
able to work.
An additional claim is a notice of new unemployment filed within a benefit
year. This frequently happens when there has been a break in filing because
of intervening employment.
Availability for Work
To be eligible for benefits a person must be available for and willing to immediately accept suitable full time work. You must have transportation (bus, car etc.) and child care available. You are not considered available for full time work if incarcerated.
The state in which a claimant files an interstate claim for benefits against
another (liable) state where wages were earned
Alternate Base Period
The last four completed calendar quarters before the week in which a claimant files an application for initial determination. Used only when a claim is not eligible using the regular base period.
A person or interested employer has the right to protest any decision
issued by the Department regarding benefits and/or rights to receive them.
For more information on the appeal process, please refer to http://www.labor.state.ak.us/appeals/home.htm
The first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week in which a claimant files an application for initial claim determination. The wages earned during this period determine benefit amount and duration.
To start the effective date of a claim earlier than the first day of the
calendar week in which the applicant files for an initial determination
When a claimant exhausts the maximum benefits payable under a specific
A 52-week period during which maximum benefits payable may be drawn
A period of 3 consecutive months ending on March 31, June 30, September
30, or December 31
Combined Wage Claim
Claimants who have worked in other states during their base year can request
to have the wages from the other state transferred to Alaska to add their
Any employment (defined by law), which an employer pays a tax, which is
used to support the payment of benefits to claimants
An additional amount of UI benefits added to the weekly benefit amount
for each eligible dependent. Alaska pays $24 per week for each dependent,
for a maximum of $72
The quarter between the end of a base period and the effective date of
The state against which a worker files a claim for benefits through the
facilities of another (agent) state
Maximum Benefit Amount
The total amount of benefits a claimant can draw in a benefit year or
other eligibility period under a state or federal law
Maximum Potential Duration
The highest number of weeks of total unemployment for which benefits are
payable to any claimant in a benefit year
A notice issued to advise the claimant of their weekly and maximum benefit
amount. It also lists all wages used in the base period to establish the
The determination of eligibility based on facts related to an issue. Through
this process, all necessary facts concerning an issue are gathered from
claimants and employers or a reasonable attempt is made to obtain these
facts, an objective determination is rendered to ensure that payments
are made only when due.
When unemployment benefits of less than the full weekly benefit amount
are paid to a claimant
Personal Identification Number - A special code number that claimants
establish to ensure that they alone can access (by phone) their account
information and file weekly claims
Federal mandate to prevent back-to-back unemployment insurance claims
without intervening employment
Any work for which the claimant has the skills, prior experience, education
and training, and which meets the prevailing standards for the labor market
A eligible week of unemployment for which a claimant does not receive
benefits. Only one waiting week per benefit year is served.
Week Ending Date
The Saturday end date of the week being claimed. Unemployment Insurance
is paid on a week-to-week calendar basis
Weekly Benefit Amount
The amount payable to a claimant for a week of total unemployment
The first claim filed after a break in claim series during a benefit year
caused by anything but intervening employment
An amount of benefits paid to an individual to which the individual is
not legally entitled.
Offset of Overpayment
Use of current weekly benefits to apply to an existing overpayment
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