Department of Labor and Regulation

Unemployment Insurance

Overpayments - Accurate & Honest Reporting

Claimants have a responsibility to accurately report work and earnings as well as other types of payments they may receive. To ensure benefits are paid to claimants who are eligible, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Payment Control Unit routinely audits claims on UI benefits. Claimants must pay close attention to other reporting requirements as well to prevent being overpaid. Refer to your Facts about UI Benefits guide for complete details on all eligibility requirements. Visit the UI Benefits portion of this website for additional information.


Top Ten Errors Made on UI Claims

Reporting wages the week in which the money was paid instead of when it was earned.

Not looking for work as directed by UI Benefits.

Not calling UI Benefits with questions.

Not responding to a request for information.

Providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information.

Not notifying the South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Division of your new address.

Refusing a suitable job.

Not reopening your claim when there is a job separation, even after working for only one day.

Filing an appeal late.

Not being immediately available for work.


Reporting Work and Earnings Accurately

Earnings and other types of payments may affect a weekly UI benefit amount. Use the following information to report your earnings correctly. Refer to your Facts about UI Benefits guide for complete details on how earnings and other payments are deducted.

Report your work and earnings when it is earned, not when you get paid.

Report the gross amount earned including tips, not the net after deductions.

Report the value of payment for work that is not cash: room and board, loan repayments or "working off a bill." Other payments in kind may be deductible.

Keep a record of your work in your Facts about UI Benefits guide. Keep your guide even after you quit claiming benefits. You may be audited.

Work Search Requirements

Make two job contacts at different businesses each week, unless you were exempted from making work search.

Make the contact at the place where the business normally does their hiring.

Complete job applications and talk to someone at the business that is involved in hiring whenever possible.

Keep a record of your job contacts in your Facts about UI Benefits guide.

Keep your guide even after you quit claiming benefits. You may be audited.

Work search is routinely checked by UI claims specialists.

Telephone contacts are not acceptable.

Deducting Vacation, Severance, Wages in Lieu of Notice, Holiday Pay and Pension

These types of payments may affect your UI benefits.

Report promptly to UI Benefits what you received or will receive. Call the UI Benefits Section at 605.626.2452.

Have your pay stub showing your payments with you when you file your claim, if possible.

Availability and Ability to Work

Illness, injury, leaving the area, lack of childcare, lack of transportation and incarceration are a few things that may affect your eligibility for UI benefits.

Report promptly to UI Benefits Section any situation that prevents you from looking for or accepting work.


Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184