Eligibility and Qualifications for Colorado Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Qualifying for Benefits:  To initially qualify for Colorado unemployment benefits, a claimant must:

1. Have earned $2500 during the claimant’s “base period” of employment
2. Become unemployed through "no fault of their own”
3. Be able, available, and actively seeking work

Availability for Work: To qualify for unemployment benefits, a claimant must be “able and available for work, and actively be seeking work”. This requires the claimant to be:

  • actively seeking work and meeting the work-search requirements
  • physically and mentally able to work, and
  • available to accept suitable employment immediately if a job is offered

Claimant’s Base Period:  The claimant must have earned at least $2500 during the standard base period in order to be eligible for unemployment compensation. The standard base period is considered the first (earliest in time) four out of the last five completed calendar quarters before the date of the claim. Essentially, the most recent quarter is not considered, because it is a partial quarter of work. Instead, the four quarters earned prior to the current quarter formed the standard base period for unemployment benefits.  If the claimant did not earn at least $2500 during the standard base period, he or she may be eligible using an alternative base period. The alternative base period utilizes the last four completed calendar quarters prior to the date of the claimant’s claim.

Eligible Job Separations:  To qualify for benefits, the claimant must have lost their job “through no fault of their own”. A typical example is when an employee become separated from employment due to a layoff or a reduction in hours or pay, which is not related to performance issues. In these examples, it is apparent that the claimant lost their job without fault or blame. In this hypothetical example, the claimant was merely a victim of circumstances such as changes in the marketplace or workplace, and are normally eligible for unemployment benefits.  In some cases, an employee may have quit their job and still be eligible for unemployment compensation. The circumstances of the separation will determine whether such a claimant will receive benefits.

Quit Employment:  A worker who is discharged, separated or voluntarily quit for other reasons may still be eligible for unemployment benefits. A partial list of the reasons why a person may leave their job – and still receive unemployment benefits – is extensive but here are a few examples:

  • domestic violence
  • personal harassment by the employer unrelated to job performance
  • hazardous working conditions
  • medical conditions

in some cases, a claimant may receive a Notice of Decision in which a division deputy determines in error that the claim is denied or the claimant is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.  The claimant can appeal this wrongful denial of eligibility for unemployment benefits.  Remember, the applicant’s hearing request or notice of appeal must be filed within a very short time-frame. It is important that you contact us immediately.  As experienced lay representatives, we are cheaper than most lawyers or law firms. Those savings might be important if you are not receiving any income or unemployment benefits at this time.  WARNING: many lawyers charge a $2000 retainer to represent claimants, and charge fees for an initial consultation. We can handle your matter for less than one-third of that amount, our initial consultations are FREE, and you can even choose an option which provides you with a money-back guarantee that you will win your case or you pay nothing!

.Maintaining Eligibility for Benefits:  To continue receiving ongoing benefits, the claimant must:

  • request payment through the online or telephone system every two weeks (INCLUDING ANY PERIOD IN WHICH THE CLAIM IS DENIED, PENDING A HEARING OR DECISION, OR ON APPEAL)
  • report hours worked and money earned when requesting payment

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