There are instances where claimants will have to apply for Unemployment Insurance on more than one occasion. A claimant may file a new claim once their previous benefit year has expired. When doing so, it is required to have earned at least 5 times the weekly benefit amount of the previous benefit year.
For example, if you filed a new claim effective January 7th, 2018 and were qualified to receive $275.00 per week, when you file your next claim, you will have to have worked and earned at least $1,375.00 since January 7th, 2018.
Only wages earned by working for an employer can be used to meet this requirement. Payment that is received after your separation, such as severance pay and any payment for accrued unused vacation time, is not used to meet this qualification. Also any pay that you receive for work you perform as an independent contractor or any other forms of self-employment reported on a 1099-G form instead of a W-2 are not used to meet the 5x requirement.