I reached my Benefit Year End (BYE) day. What are my next steps?

Last updated: March 17, 2021

Regular unemployment insurance (UI) claims have a duration of one year. When you file a claim, you are given a Benefit Year Ending (BYE) code that indicates when your claim lasts until. Once you reach this date, you are required to file a new claim to have your eligibility re-determined. If you’ve earned over a certain amount in the past year, you will need to be switched onto the new claim.

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NOTE: The information on this page does not apply to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims.

FAQs

These FAQs are provided for informational purposes only. Claimant eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis on the specific facts presented; nothing in this or any other public guidance serves as a determination of eligibility or guarantees that a claim will be eligible.

I received a message on UI Online telling me to file a new claim. Do I really need to file a new claim?
Yes. Once you’ve had an unemployment claim for a year, you’re required to file a new claim. Click here to file a new claim.
Do I need to wait until the following Sunday to file a new claim?
No. You can file a new claim as soon as you receive that message.
How long will it take to hear back about the new claim?
It should take no more than two weeks for you to hear back about your new claim. If you miss a week of certification, you will get back pay.
I didn’t work at all in the past year. Will I still be able to continue receiving benefits?
Yes. If you haven’t earned any wages in the past year, you should still reapply. If you aren’t eligible for a new claim, we will continue you on your old claim under an extension program.
I worked in the past year. Will I still be able to receive benefits?
Yes. If you worked in the past year and earned enough to establish a new claim, you will be able to receive benefits under the new claim.
I am on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Do I need to file a new claim?
No. If you’re on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), you do not need to file a new claim. Just continue to certify weekly.