How To Apply For Arkansas Unemployment
When a worker becomes unemployed through no fault of their own, they may be able to qualify for Arkansas unemployment benefits. When Arkansas unemployed benefits are paid to eligible workers the community that he or she resides in well benefit as well. States provide unemployment compensation to provide the worker with a way to meet their financial obligations while searching for new employment and to keep the local economy healthy.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is responsible for determining eligibility and paying unemployment benefits to eligible workers. The funds that are used to pay the benefits are contributed by employers as required by law and are not paid by the employee. Workers that need to file a claim can do so by applying at any Department of Workforce Services office or submit a claim form by mail.
In order to file an Arkansas unemployment insurance claim and to maintain eligibility a worker must meet the eligibility criteria for each week that the benefits are payable. The worker must be unemployed and able to perform suitable work. They must make an effort to find new employment and remain available to work. Workers cannot be involved in any type of labor dispute and must remain free of disqualification. Additionally, workers will have a one week waiting period before any benefits will be received.
When filing the Arkansas unemployment application, workers will need to provide their full name and current mailing address. United States citizens will be required to provide their social security numbers and non U.S. citizens will have to supply their Alien Registration number. Claimants will have to provide the names, addresses and phone numbers for all employers they worked for in the last eighteen months and provide the date of the last day of employment. Any money earned will have to be reported whether or not pay has been received.
If applicants served in the military within the past eighteen months they will need to have a copy of Form DD-214. If an applicant worked for the Federal government within the past eighteen months a copy of Form SF-8 or SF-50 will be required to complete the application. If the worker obtains work through a union, the name and local number must be supplied.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services maintains a website that is easy to navigate and workers are able to find all the information they will need in order to file an Arkansas unemployment claim. Detailed eligibility information is available as well as all of the necessary forms that will be needed to complete the initial application and weekly claims.