UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD IS PREVENTABLE!
Help us eliminate improper payments by learning and following the rules. It’s Your Job to Know!
You may file for your first payment online beginning the Sunday immediately following the date you filed your claim. The deadline to claim for weekly benefits is Friday at 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Filing on time every time will help you prevent a delay or denial of payment. File weekly certifications online through HiRE at www.LouisianaWorks.net/hire, or if you are not able to do so, call 866-783-5567 to stay on track.
UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD IS PREVENTABLE! Help us eliminate improper payments by learning and following the rules. It’s Your Job to Know!
Do You Know Someone Working And Getting Unemployment?
False. We use many sources to monitor when you start working again.
False. If you file, you must report your gross earnings for each week even if you have not been paid yet.
False. Any money you earn, even from a part-time job, must be reported (yes, that includes tips!).
False. You must tell us if you receive or expect to receive any additional money from your employer.
False. You must look for work each week, contacting a minimum of three different employers.
False. Once you return to work your benefits may be reduced or stopped completely. If there is a balance when your benefit year expires, it is lost.
You must continue to file each week for as long as you do not have a job and are eligible to claim unemployment benefits. You will be claiming benefits for the prior week. If you forget to file on Sunday or Monday, you may file on any other day of that week. The deadline to claim for weekly benefits is Friday at 4:00 p.m., Central Standard Time.
If you begin work, you must report ANY earnings for the week you work, even if you have not yet been paid. Include ALL income, commissions and tips. Report the gross amount before deductions.
If you return to work and start earning more than what you receive in unemployment benefits each week, stop filing. If you are working and earn less than your weekly benefit amount, you may continue to file. However, you MUST report the gross amount you earned that week, even if you have not yet been paid.
NOTE: Each week when you request payment, you will be asked, “Did you work between (date) and (date).” If you worked on or between those two dates, you must report earnings.
Maybe. Part-time workers filing weekly must report wages earned before taxes; you may still be eligible for reduced unemployment benefits. Not reporting part-time earnings while claiming unemployment benefits is fraud and will result in an overpayment. You will have to pay the money back before you can ever receive benefits again.
To be eligible for unemployment benefits each week:
The law says you will be disqualified for benefits if you do not have a good reason why you do not apply for available work or accept suitable work when offered.
You MUST tell us if you receive or expect to receive ANY money from your employer. This includes vacation or holiday pay, bonuses, severance pay, separation or dismissal pay, wages received instead of notice (in lieu of notice), tips, commissions, military retirement pay, workers’ compensation, WARN Act and any other payment based on your previous work.
If you do not tell us about these payments, you could be disqualified for unemployment benefits, and you will have to pay back any benefits you have received.
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Any unemployment payment you receive that you are not supposed to get is considered an improper payment. The Louisiana Workforce Commission will recover overpayment balances by deducting the amount from your future unemployment payments, or if necessary by taking any federal and/or state income tax refunds you expect to receive.
We use many sources that report when you begin work. Failure to accurately report your earnings yourself may result in an improper payment. Any overpayment of unemployment benefits must be repaid by you.