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Overpayments - Accurate & Honest Reporting
Failure to accurately report some of the following may result in FRAUD penalties!
Reporting Work and Earnings Accurately
Earnings and other types of payments may affect a weekly Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefit amount. Use the following information to report your earnings correctly.
- 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.
- Report promptly to RA Customer Service (605.626.2452) if you received or will receive vacation, sick pay, severance, wages in lieu of notice, holiday pay and pension.
- Have your pay stub showing your payments with you when you file your claim, if possible.
Work Search Requirements
Beginning Aug. 2, 2020, and after, unemployment claimants must report at least two work search activities in the weekly payment request to be eligible. This is effective for the claim week ending Aug. 8, 2020. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility and no payment for that claim week. This requirement was previously waived due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View more details and exceptions.
- Telephone contacts are not acceptable.
- Make two job contacts at different businesses each week, unless you were exempted from making work search or are in a reemployment services program and are required to make additional contacts.
- 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.
- If searching for jobs on the internet, keep the confirmation e-mail for verification.
- Keep a record of your job contacts in your Facts about RA Benefits guide and keep it even after you quit claiming benefits. You may be audited.
Availability and Ability to Work
The following may affect your eligibility for RA Benefits
- Illness, injury
- leaving the area
- lack of childcare
- lack of transportation
Report promptly to RA Customer Service (605.626.2452) any situation that prevents you from looking for or accepting work.
For More Information
For additional information, refer to our Reemployment Assistance Benefits Frequently Asked Questions or our Reemployment Assistance Benefits page.