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.
A: Click HERE for instructions. You will first create a personal profile and online resume for employers to view at NEworks.nebraska.gov. These steps are required to file a claim. If you do not have access to the internet, you may use computers at any Nebraska Department of Labor location. See the Registration in NEworks section of the Claimant’s Guide to Unemployment Insurance. If you need assistance or your claim involves military, federal, or out-of-state wages, call the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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). You must call the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500 to file a federal claim.
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.
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.
A: 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.
You are required to maintain an active NEworks registration and on-line, searchable resume while you are receiving unemployment benefits. If no activity is recorded for 90 days, your registration will expire. NESL: 48-627(1); 219 NAC 2
A: Yes. If all of your earnings in the last 18 months have been in Nebraska, file online at neworks.nebraska.gov. If you have worked in two or more states, including Nebraska, in the last 18 months, call 402-458-2500 anytime Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In addition to creating a personal profile and resume at neworks.nebraska.gov, you must also register for work with your resident state’s Department of Labor.
A: Yes. If you worked in federal civilian employment or for the military, call 402-458-2500 anytime Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30pm. A claims specialist will assist you. 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.
A: Plan to spend one hour completing the online registration, resume and initial claim. If you have worked in another state or for the federal government or military, please call 402-458-2500 and speak with a claims specialist.
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. All Nebraska claimants are required to create a personal profile and resume as part of the initial claim process. There are no exceptions for union members or claimants who have a return-to-work date.