File for Unemployment: FAQs
What does my status mean?

Not sure what your status means in ReEmployME?

These statuses are based on your weekly certification

Common Statuses

Payments:
Your weekly certification has been processed and approved. Allow 1-2 business days after the date shown for the payment to appear on your debit card or bank account.

Exception: if the date shown is 9/9/9999, the Department needs to confirm your identity. Fraudulent claims have increased substantially during the pandemic. You will need to send in proof of identification. More information.

Excessive Earnings:
Your weekly certification has been processed. The money that you earned during the week was $5 or more greater than your weekly benefit amount. Therefore, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits for the week. Watch this video for more information.

Issue on File:
There is an issue with your initial claim or weekly certification that may require a fact-finding interview to resolve. The Department will contact you if more information is needed.

Exhausted Benefits:
All unemployment claims have a maximum benefit amount, which can be found on the home screen of your ReEmployME account. Once you reach your maximum benefit amount, no additional funds can be paid to you.

Insufficient Wage Claim:
To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be connected to the workforce - have a work history. This is determined by the amount of wages earned during the past five full calendar quarters. Earnings for those quarters are reported to the Department by employers. An Insufficient Wage Claim means that the Department does not have enough information on your wages to determine if you are eligibility. The Department is researching your earnings to determine your eligibility. You do not to provide additional information unless contacted.

Supplemental Payment:
An adjustment to a previously paid benefit.

Pension Exceeds WBA:
Your weekly certification has been processed. The pension you received was greater than your weekly benefit amount. Therefore, you are not eligible for unemployment benefits for the week.

Offset Statuses

Offset Week:
Your weekly certification has been processed and approved. The entire benefit for the week was put towards a previous overpayment of unemployment benefits that must be repaid.

Interstate Offset:
Your weekly certification has been processed and approved. The entire benefit for the week was used to offset an outstanding overpayment in another state.

Cancelled Offset:
 Your weekly certification was processed, approved and used to reduce a previously determined overpayment. However, the benefit for the week will no longer be used for the repayment.

Waiting Period Statuses

Waiting Period Week:
Your weekly certification has been processed and approved. Maine law states that an individual serve a “waiting week” when first filing an unemployment claim. Therefore, your first weekly certification is not payable.

Cancelled Waiting Period Week:

A week that was originally processed as a valid waiting period has been reprocessed and the waiting period credit has been cancelled. This cancelled week can be overridden by a payment if determined eligible.

Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits Statuses

Not in Training:
Your weekly certification has been processed. Because you are not in approved training as required to be eligible for Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits, the weekly benefit is not payable.

No Waiver:
Your weekly certification has been processed. Because you are not in approved training and had not provided a Waiver as required to be eligible for Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits, the weekly benefit is not payable.

No Time Sheet:

Your weekly certification has been processed. Because you have not provided a time sheet as required to be eligible for Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits, the weekly benefit is not payable.

TRA Issue:
Your weekly certification has been processed. However, an eligibility requirement issue is preventing payment of Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) benefits. A fact-finding interview will be held to determine your eligibility. The Department will contact you with a date and time for the interview.

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