BYE FAQs

BYE stands for Benefit Year End. This is the date your benefit year ends.

  • I reapplied for benefits. How do you all determine my Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) if I haven’t worked?

    Your WBA is determined based on the total wages of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters at the time you file your claim. If you do not have enough wages to establish a valid regular state claim, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements.

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  • What is the difference in EFFECTIVE/BYB dates and BYE dates?

    An EFFECTIVE/BYB date is the first potential week you can be paid on your regular state unemployment claim and the first week of your benefit year. Your BYE is the date that your benefit year ends. Regular state unemployment claims are valid for 52 calendar weeks.

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  • Do I reapply if I’m on PEUC?

    If your BYE ends, please reapply. Every claimant must reapply when their benefit year ends, regardless of the program he/she is part of.

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  • How do I reapply after my BYE date?

    You can reapply online. A message will display on your MyUI advising that your valid benefit year claim has ended with a link to file a new claim.

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  • Why do PUA claimants have to reapply?

    Federal law requires the GDOL to make sure a claimant is not eligible for regular state benefits before placing them in another program. If you are found to be ineligible for regular state benefits, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements.

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  • Do I need my PIN when I reapply?

    You will be asked to create a PIN when you file a new claim. GDOL recommends you using the same PIN as your old PIN.

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  • Do I certify weekly under the old PIN or the new PIN?

    Use the PIN established when you file the new claim.

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  • After I filed a new claim, I received correspondence to show my weekly benefit amount is $0. What does this mean?

    This means you did not work and earn enough wages to establish a new, valid regular state benefit year claim. In which case, you are not eligible for regular state benefits so you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements. Use the link on your MyUI to request weekly payments on the appropriate program.

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  • Do I need to reapply if my benefit year is up and my employer is still filing on my behalf?

    No. If your employer is requesting weekly payments on your behalf each week and your benefit year is up, the next week your employer requests a payment, your benefit year will renew.

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  • Why is MyUI portal blank?

    We are making changes and implementing programs regularly. Your dates and programs may change in your portal as we make these adjustments.

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  • When entering the last 18 months of work would I also include the unemployment benefit payments received?

    No, you must provide your work history for the last 18 months regardless of how long you worked or where you worked. Unemployment benefit payments are not earned wages and should not be reported as such on your application.

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  • Why do I need to include all additional work in my UI regular application?

    Federal law requires the GDOL to ensure a claimant is not eligible for regular state unemployment before moving to another program. You must provide your work history for the last 18 months regardless of how long you worked or where you worked.

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  • What do I do if I filed an appeal and my BYE date ends?

    Please file a new regular state claim if your benefit year ends. If your appeal is overturned, you could potentially be paid for subsequent weeks and you would need to file a new claim to continue your benefits.

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  • If I am currently on PUA and must reapply, do I request a payment on the regular UI certification page or the PUA certification page?

    Use the link on your MyUI to request weekly payments on the appropriate program.

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  • If I am denied regular state unemployment, do I need to apply for PUA again this time?

    No. If you are found to be ineligible for regular state unemployment and have not had additional employment, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements. If this is your first time filing and were denied regular UI, you will be notified to complete the PUA application found in your My UI portal.

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  • What if I reapplied before my benefit year ended?

    If you reapplied before your benefit year ends, your additional claim will have to be processed and resolved first to address the new employment. You will still be required to file a new regular state unemployment claim and report this employment after your benefit year date has ended. If you are not eligible for regular state benefits, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements, if applicable.

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  • Do I need to reapply if my employer converted my employer filed claim to an individual one?

    Yes. Please reapply after your benefit year ends if you have an individual claim. Use the information regarding employment and wages for the past 18 months. If you do not have enough wages to establish a valid regular UI claim, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements, as applicable.

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  • Do I need to reapply if I haven’t filed my taxes yet?

    Yes. Filing taxes has no impact on the requirements for requesting unemployment benefits. Please reapply if your benefit year ends. You must provide your work history for the last 18 months regardless of how long you worked or where you worked.

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  • What if the extension is implemented before the benefit year ends? Do we still need to apply?

    Yes. Please reapply if your benefit year ends, even if you have the additional weeks in your My UI portal. If you do not have enough wages to establish a valid regular UI claim, you will resume your eligibility on your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim if you meet the eligibility requirements, as applicable.

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  • Do we use the same information that we used last year to apply for benefits if we haven’t worked since the pandemic started?

    Yes. You must provide your work history for the last 18 months regardless of how long you worked or where you worked. This includes temporary, self-employment, independent contractor or W-2 employment, regardless of where the work was performed or how long you worked.

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