How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Maine?

Maine requires you to have earned at least two times the average weekly wage in two different quarters of the base period. You also have to of earned a minimum of six times the average weekly wage (AWW) within the entire base period.

[Note: AWW is determined by Maine’s average weekly wages at the time of filing a claim]

As of July 2014, the Average Weekly Wage (AWW) of Maine is $728.50

Therefore, to qualify for unemployment insurance in Maine, you must have earned a minimum of $1,457 in two different quarters and must have a total base period earnings of at least $4,372.

Maine offers both an extended base period and an alternate base period. The alternate base period considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of the first four). The EBP may be extended up to four quarters if one quarter was used in a previous claim. The base year (BY) can also be extended up to one week if an overlap of the same quarter appears in two consecutive base periods [the extension of the BY should remove the overlap].

In Maine an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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