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Maintaining Eligibility and Requalifying For Benefits

Limit the Number of Hours Per Week

You may be ineligible for benefits if you are working part-time and limit the number of hours that you are working per week when there is additional work available.

Failure to be Available to the UC Service Center as Instructed

You may be ineligible for benefits if you fail to be available to be contacted by the UC service center when instructed to do so. It is your responsibility to inform the UC service center when you are unavailable for scheduled services. When you know that you will be unavailable to be contacted at the scheduled time, call the UC service center immediately.

Failure to Participate in Reemployment Services

You may be ineligible for benefits if you fail to participate in reemployment services to which you have been referred through the claimant profiling system. The claimant profiling system has been designed to identify claimants who may benefit the most from reemployment services. If selected, you must participate in this mandatory program of reemployment services, unless:
  • you are already participating in or have already completed such services; or
  • there is a justifiable reason for your failure to participate in such services.
The Profile Reemployment Program (PREP) is Pennsylvania’s version of the federally mandated Worker Profiling and Reemployment Service system. PREP is designed to identify claimants who are most likely to exhaust unemployment compensation (UC) benefits and may need assistance to find a new job. Claimants are identified for PREP when they file for UC and receive their first payments.
Claimants are NOT selected for PREP if they are involved in a labor dispute, have a definite date of return to employment, obtain employment from a union hiring hall, are self-employed, working on commission, operating a farm, working full or part time for an employer, or serving in the military.
PREP participants are provided orientation to the PREP program, assessment of their occupational needs, career planning assistance, job match and referral, and the use of the Career Resource Center. Other services available may include labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, career guidance, job search workshops, job clubs, education and training.
If you have been selected for PREP and would like additional information, please contact your local PA CareerLink office.

Requalifying for UC Benefits After Ineligibility

If you are ineligible for benefits because you quit your job without a compelling and necessitous reason, were discharged for misconduct, or are ineligible due to self-employment, you may still be able to qualify for benefits at a later date. To requalify, you must work and earn at least six times your weekly benefit rate. After you earned that amount, you may be qualified to receive benefits if you are totally or partially unemployed and meet all eligibility requirements. Earnings from self-employment cannot be used to requalify for benefits.
If you are ineligible for benefits because you failed, without good cause, either to apply for or to accept an offer of suitable work, you will remain ineligible for benefits until you obtain subsequent employment of a permanent nature. A disqualification because of a failure to apply for or to accept temporary or casual employment remains in effect only for the period of time that the offered work would have been available.

Under the Pennsylvania UC Law, if you hide facts or do not tell the truth in order to obtain or increase benefit payments, you may be subject to:
  • FINE
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