When an individual applies for unemployment, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division sends a Notice of Claim Filed form to the recent employers. Employers are required to return this form within 10 business days in order to have standing to contest any determination with respect to the individual’s claim.

If you need to dispute any of the following:

  • an initial claim for unemployment benefits
  • benefit payments being charged to your account
  • report that a fraudulent claim was received by one of your employees

Click here to complete the protest form.

Employer Charges

To be eligible for UI benefits, an individual must have been paid at least $13,800 in either the base period or an alternate base period. If they did not earn this amount, they may be eligible if they meet all of the following conditions:

  • They were paid at least $2,300 in one of the base period quarters, and
  • They were paid total base period taxable wages of at least one and one-half times their highest single quarter earnings, and
  • They were paid total base period taxable wages of at least $4,600.

The chargeable employer is the most recent base period employer for whom the claimant was separated and had worked at least 4 weeks and earned at least $230 each week.

The duration of a claim is equal to 33% of the total base period wages divided by the basic weekly benefit amount. Click here for additional information on the calculation of the weekly benefit amount as this is subject to change. The most individuals are allowed to collect of regular unemployment benefits is an amount equal to 26 full weeks. Individuals may claim these weeks any time they are unemployed during the benefit year.

For more information, including definitions, visit SECTION 28-43-1 of the RI General Assembly website.

Rapid Response

DLT’s Rapid Response Services team assists in job placement when jobs are lost and helps in times of economic challenges to plan and manage support. Rapid Response assists workers and employers affected by layoffs, plant closures, or natural disasters. It provides access to the EmployRI system of user-friendly resources and information to help transition workers into reemployment. Rapid Response helps employers by coordinating pre-layoff placement services and leads the collaboration with other state and local partners to enhance job expansion and community support. There is no charge to the employer or employee for these services and they are provided regardless of the reason for the layoff. Click here for more information.

WorkShare

WorkShare Employers may be able to avoid layoffs by choosing the WorkShare alternative. The WorkShare program allows employers to retain their skilled workers during times of slowdown by simply reducing the work hours of a larger group of employees. Employees whose hours and wages are reduced would be eligible to receive a portion of their regular unemployment insurance benefits to compensate for the lost wages. In addition to sparing employers the potential lost of its existing workforce, WorkShare also spares a company's employees the financial and emotional hardship associated with a layoff situation. Click here for more information.