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From here you can file a claim for unemployment compensation. During this time of unprecedented national
economic difficulty, we recognize that an ever increasing number of first time filers will be visiting this site. We are dedicated
to making the filing process a stress free experience both for repeat filers and first time filers.
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Claimant's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (English, Spanish)
New Identity Verification Program
Identity theft occurs every two seconds in America. To further protect the personal information of claimants from identity theft,
Coming Soon: Did you know?
Effective October 1, 2016, the following changes will be implemented to the District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance Program:
the District of Columbia’s Office of Unemployment Compensation has implemented a new security feature into the online application process for unemployment benefits.
During the application process, this security feature verifies personal data and authenticates a claimant’s identity by asking a series of multiple-choice questions
based on information only the claimant can answer correctly. By adding this new security feature, an extra layer of protection against identity theft and a better,
more secure online customer experience is provided to claimants while filing for unemployment benefits online. For detailed information regarding our Identity
Verification and Authentication Program, click here to read the UI Identity Verification and Authentication Program FAQ’s. >
1. The Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount will be raised from $359 to $425 for all initial claims filed on October 2, 2016 and after.
2. All claimants who file an initial claim on October 2, 2016 or after and are found monetarily eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits will receive a standard 26 weeks of benefits.
3. All claimants who are currently receiving unemployment benefits as of October 1, 2016, may be eligible for a monetary redetermination to receive a higher weekly benefit amount.
4. All Claimants who report their earnings from part-time or temporary work on their weekly certification form for the week ending October 1, 2016 and after will receive a partial payment
which deducts less from their standard weekly benefit amount.
Claimants may use the following formula to determine the adjusted weekly benefit amount if they are working on a less than full-time basis:
a) Add $50 to the weekly benefit amount;
b) Then subtract sixty-six (66) percent of the gross weekly wages;
c) The remainder, rounded down, is the adjusted weekly benefit amount.
Please read the FAQ’s.
regarding the above changes. If you have additional questions, you may contact the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 202-724-7000.
Monetary Penalties – As federally mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor, effective October 1, 2014
all unemployment compensation payments made on or after October 21, 2013 that were determined by
the Agency to be fraudulent will be assessed a monetary penalty of 15%. This 15% penalty is to be paid
in addition to the actual amount of the fraudulent overpayment.
Work Search Requirement
Beginning March 23, 2012, the Department of Employment Services will be enhancing
work search compliance measures as mandated by a recent change in federal law.
Failure to conduct a thorough work search (through seeking and applying for employment)
or refusing to accept suitable work will affect your eligibility and may result in a denial
To remain eligible to receive benefits, the law requires that:
- You MUST contact at least two (2) employers each week to inquire about job openings.
- You MUST keep a detailed written record of the employers you contact each week.
- Date of job search
- Accurate contact name and phone number of the employer, if visited in
person or contacted via telephone
- Accurate contact name and e-mail address or fax number of employer, if
applying for a job via e-mail or fax
- Accurate web address, if applying for a job on-line
- A copy of your job application, if applicable
- You MUST provide your written work search records to DOES upon request.
- You MUST be registered for work through your local DC American Job Center.
- Your work search MUST begin the week in which you file your claim.
Click here* for the Work Search FAQs/Work Search Log.
DOES verifies work search activities. We may ask for evidence of your work search efforts
at any time.
Protect your eligibility for benefits by keeping a detailed record of your work search. Provide
as much information regarding your contacts and applications as possible. If you do not have
all of the details of your work search, you MUST provide an acceptable explanation as to why
the information is not available. If an employer or other contact listed disputes or cannot verify
reported information, you may be determined ineligible for benefits for the benefit week(s)
in question, and your benefits could be suspended indefinitely until record of your weekly
work search activities are in compliance with these requirements.
Important Alert to District of Columbia Employers and Residents: Notice of E-Mail Identity Theft Scam
If you receive an e-mail that claims to be sent on behalf of the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
with an email address ending in @detma.org that requests information about a former employee,
do not reply to the message and do not click the link in the message.
This appears to be an e-mail identity theft scam.
Neither the United States Department of Labor nor the Office of Unemployment Compensation at the
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services sent the e-mail. The District of Columbia does not
process DUA claims nor would either office request confidential information in this manner.
If you are an employer and responded to a request for employment or wage information from the
Division of Unemployment Assistance or if you are a District resident and believe your identity
has been compromised or stolen, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) enforces the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Laws.
You can file a consumer protection complaint with the Office of the Attorney General
at http://oag.dc.gov/node/442592, e-mail the Office of the Attorney General at email@example.com,
or contact OAG at (202) 442-9828.
Visit the Office of the Attorney General at http://oag.dc.gov/node/442592 for
additional resources on protecting the identity of your business and employees.
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