BUC - Claims

With unemployment claims at pre-pandemic levels, the Department will be reverting back to its regular Monday evening claims processing schedule

Beginning November 28, 2021: With unemployment claims at pre-pandemic levels, the Department will be reverting back to its regular Monday evening claims processing schedule.

What this means for claimants:

  • This change will NOT affect when you receive unemployment insurance payments you are eligible for. When payments are received in your bank account is still dependent upon your banking institution.

  • Beginning on Sunday, November 28, rather than showing "paid" or another status, weekly claims filed on Sunday will still say pending for processing until the claim is processed Monday night. This means that the status change you may have been familiar with seeing Sunday evening or Monday morning, will not update again until Monday evening, after the claims processing has completed.

New Look for your ReEmployME home page!

The ReEmployME home page will be changing! For more information, download the informational document (PDF)

UI Stakeholder Group Pursuant to Public Law 2021 Chapter 456

To visit the UI Stakeholder Group committee web page, please go to https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/stakeholders/

2021 Barriers to Employment Survey Results

In July 2021, the Maine Department of Labor circulated a brief survey to better understand the barriers faced in returning to work.

How to provide your Proof of Employment

The federal Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 requires that the Maine Department of Labor verify the identity of all new PUA applicants before the claim is processed. It is also a federal requirement that PUA recipients provide proof of employment.

For more information, please visit the PUA ID and Employment Verification web page.


The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation contributes to economic stability by providing temporary employer-funded benefits to eligible individuals while they seek re-employment. We operate an accessible, integrity-driven program in a timely and accurate manner.

Getting Started

In order to receive unemployment benefits, please complete the following steps:

Benefits for using ReEmployME

Access your account online and avoid long wait times over the phone:

What I need to file

  • An account in ReEmployME
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration and expiration date
  • Employment Information
  • A valid email address

Next Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

Publications

To file your Weekly Certification on the automated phone filing system:

  • Call 1-800-593-7660
  • Input your information
  • Login in to ReEmployME to complete your work search record or transfer to customer representative to complete your work search

Claimants who need help filing a claim or to get information about a current claim can call a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays. 

  • B-100 (DWB) Dislocated Worker Benefits Training Verification Form: Verification of attendance at training for Dislocated Worker Benefts claims. 
    (Download Word) (Download PDF)
  • UC-3 Request for Commission Hearing for Income Tax Refund Offset: Used to request a commission hearing when an Income Tax Refund is being offset.
    (Download Word) (Download PDF)
  • UIC-1 Overpayment Waiver Information: Information on how to request a waiver of an unemployment benefit overpayment through the Unemployment Insurance Commission. 
    (Download Word) (Download PDF)
  • ETA-858A TAA-TRA Training Verification Form: Weekly Request for Benefits and/or Daily Travel/Subsistence Allowances (combined form) for Trade Readjustment Allowances and North American Free Trade Agreement Programs.
    (Download Word) (Download PDF)
  • B-70-1 Dependents Claim Form - Continuation Sheet: Continuation sheet for listing additional dependent children when using the Form Me. B-70.
    (Download Word) (Download PDF)
  • BD-4.7 (Web) Doctors Statement: This form can be used when medical information is required in order to process a claim for unemployment compensation. 
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