Main has implemented a law that mandates full and part-time workers meet the following requirements to become eligible for unemployment benefits in Maine, and that these requirements be posted on the State of Main Labor Poster:
Base Period Wages
To establish a claim for unemployment benefits, workers must be paid wages at least two times Maine’s annual average weekly wage in each of two calendar quarters in the base year period, and a total of six times Maine’s annual average weekly wage in the base year period. The Department of Labor, in most cases, has the wage information of workers on file. If not, though, steps will be taken by the Department to obtain it.
These include being available for work and being able to work, conducting an active search for work (unless it’s ‘waived’) and not refusing suitable job offers or referrals to suitable work opportunities from Maine Career Centers.
Up to 50% of your unemployment benefits check may be withheld and sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if you owe child support that you cannot pay.
If a lack of work at your workplace resulted in you being laid off from your last job, no additional investigation will be required. However, if you were laid off due to other reasons, a fact-finding interview is scheduled to determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits.
If you are not a citizen of the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Naturalization service will check your Alien Permit number and/or Social Security Number.
A partial unemployment claim form filled out in a proper manner shall be issued by an employer to each employee who works the customarily full-time schedule, worked less than full-time hours during a week owing to a lack of work and is not separated by that employer.
Unemployment Benefits are Taxable
Since unemployment benefits are taxable, they have to be reported upon filing your income tax forms.