A New Guide for Mainers Interested in Unemployment Insurance

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We’re proud to announce a new, more comprehensive guide for Mainers filing for unemployment insurance

Throughout the pandemic, Maine Equal Justice and our partners have worked with hundreds of Mainers seeking unemployment benefits. Our new guide to the Basics of Unemployment in Maine is based on questions from people who called us for help, and includes updates on the law passed by the legislature in 2021. In the guide you will find answers to common questions such as:

  • How do I apply for unemployment benefits? 
  • How long will I have to wait before I get paid?
  • Can I get unemployment benefits if my hours have been cut?
  • What are Fact-finding Interviews, Deputy’s Decisions, and Appeals?
  • What must I do to qualify for UI?
  • How can I get more training and education?
  • What will happen if I am offered a job I don’t want to accept?

The Maine legislature passed a bill this year to improve the unemployment program and those changes are included in the guide. One big change in the law is that you can earn more money each week and still qualify for partial unemployment benefits.

I have heard from many people how frustrating and complicated these systems can be. When basic support for your family is on the line, it can be very scary to deal with barriers, delays, and mistakes. If you or someone you know needs help with unemployment, please read or share the guide!

If you can’t find the answer to your question in the guide, you can email us right from our website or give us a call. We are here to help! 

Best wishes, 

Sue Hamlett 
Maine Equal Justice 

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