Filing an Application for Unemployment Benefits
When should I file an application for benefits?
A: File an initial claim the same week you are unemployed or working reduced hours. Your unemployment insurance claim DOES NOT begin on the date your job ended or your hours were reduced. Your claim is effective the Sunday of the week you apply.
How do I apply for benefits?
A: Click HERE for instructions. File online at dol.nebraska.gov. If you need assistance, call the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must register in NEworks, neworks.nebraska.gov, as part of the initial unemployment claim process. All claimants must complete an online resume unless you have a recall recall date with your employer or are a member of a union with a hiring hall. If you are filing a claim from another state and do not live in a county bordering Nebraska, you must also register for employment services in the state of your residence.
What information do I need when I apply?
A: You will need your Social Security Number; complete home mailing address, including ZIP code; telephone number; email address; county you live in; driver's license number or State ID card number; if you select direct deposit, your bank routing number and account number; the company names for all your employers from the past 18 months as they appear on your paycheck stubs or W-2 forms; complete mailing addresses of employers, including ZIP code and the city in which the business is physically located; your start and end dates with each employer, including month, day, and year; your reason for leaving each employers (lack of work, voluntary quit, discharge, leave of absence, still employed); employment authorization number and expiration date (if a non-citizen).
If you served in the military the past 18 months, you will need your DD 214 Member #4 Form. You must call the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500 to file a military claim. If you worked for the federal government as a civilian employee in the last 18 months, you will need Standard Form 8 or Standard Form 50. Also, compile your total wages earned with the federal employer in the last 18 months and indicate how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly).
What happens after I submit my application for unemployment benefits?
A: Watch this short video explaining what you need to do while your claim is pending. It takes several weeks to process a claim. File a weekly claim every week online at neworks.nebraska.gov while your claim is processing or you have an appeal pending. Be sure to file your weekly claims on time. Make your required work search contacts every week and log your contacts in NEworks.
Report all work and earnings when submitting your weekly claim. Report your gross earnings before any deductions and taxes for the week you perform the work. Do not wait until you are paid to report your earnings. Read all communication you receive electronically and through the mail from the Nebraska Department of Labor. Be sure to keep your address current because you’ll receive letters outlining what you need to do to maintain benefit eligibility.
How can I reopen my unemployment claim?
A: To re-open an existing unemployment insurance claim, first log in to your account at neworks.nebraska.gov and select Reopen an Existing Claim from the Unemployment Services Dashboard. You will know the reopened claim has been submitted upon receipt of a confirmation number. You will not be able to file a weekly claim for benefits until you reopen your claim.
What should I do if my resume or registration expires?
A: You are required to maintain an active NEworks registration and online, searchable resume while you are receiving unemployment benefits. The online resume is not required if you are going back to work for your emloyer or are a member of a union with a hiring hall.
If no activity is recorded for 45 days, your registration will expire. If your registration has expired, open your personal profile. Review the current information and make sure it is up to date. Make any necessary changes and then save your profile. If your resume has expired, open it and review and update the information. You may also create a new resume at this time. Make sure to save your profile and resume even if there were no changes. NESL: 48-627(1); 219 NAC 2
Can I file a claim if I live outside Nebraska?
A: Yes. If you are filng a claim from another state and do not live in a county bordering Nebraska, you must also register for unemployment services in the state of your residence.
Can I file a claim if I worked for the federal government or military?
A: Yes. Federal employees will be asked to provide a Standard Form 8 and Standard Form 50, if available. Ex-military claimants will be asked to provide a Member 4 copy of the DD214.
How long will it take to apply for benefits?
A: Plan to spend one hour completing the online registration, resume and initial claim.
Why do I need to create a personal profile and put my resume online for employers to view?
A: You will not be able to file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits in NEworks unless you have created a personal profile and posted your resume online. The online resume is not required if you are going back to work for your emloyer or are a member of a union with a hiring hall.