Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Updates
A claimant who commits fraud must repay the UI benefits. If you committed fraud to secure or increase benefits a penalty of 50 percent of the amount of benefits obtained by fraud is applied for the first offense and a 100 percent penalty is applied for each subsequent offense. The department shall also impose four weeks of administrative penalty for each week that an individual willfully or fraudulently misrepresents a fact to secure or increase benefits. There is no expiration of this penalty and benefits will be denied during this penalty period.
- posted May 28, 2013
Sequestration Reduces Extended Unemployment Benefits
South Dakota will be reducing extended unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits by 16.8 percent as part of the federal sequestration cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
This reduction does not impact the 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits. It does affect all claimants filing for EUC benefits beginning the week of June 2, 2013, and ending the week of Sept. 28, 2013. The cuts do not affect EUC benefits for weeks prior to June 2, 2013. Individuals will still be eligible for up to 14 weeks of extended benefits.
A notice of the upcoming reduction will be mailed to all claimants who have an active EUC claim as of May 13. Amended monetary determinations will be sent the first week of June. - posted May 14, 2013
Extended unemployment compensation
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the legislation passed by Congress to extend unemployment benefits for jobless Americans. Eligibility to start new extended unemployment compensation (EUC) claims will now continue until December 28, 2013, for most applicants. The extension does not increase the number of weeks that may be paid to unemployed workers. Workers who exhaust their regular claims after that date will not be eligible unless Congress acts to extend the program. - posted January 3, 2013
Federal Employees on Furlough May be Eligible for Benefits
For information on eligibility requirements, read the Facts About Unemployment Insurance booklet (available here in Adobe .pdf format). Unemployment insurance benefits claims can be filed online at www.sd.uiclaims.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by calling the Call Center at 605.626.3179. The Call Center operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (Central Time). - posted April 16, 2012