Benefit Calculations - Disability During Unemployment
Benefit Calculation - Disability During Unemployment
Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR)
The weekly benefit amount is 60% of your average weekly wage earned during your base period. For a disability that begins in 2015, the maximum weekly benefit rate is $646. Benefits are paid for full calendar weeks, beginning Sunday and ending Saturday.
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
A claimant may receive one week of benefits for each base week worked in your base period, up to a maximum of 26 weeks. As of January 1, 2015, a base week is a week with earnings of at least $165.
The maximum a claimant can collect in Unemployment Insurance, Disability During Unemployment and Family Leave During Unemployment benefits combined is one and one-half times the maximum benefit amount of their initial Unemployment Insurance or Disability During Unemployment claim.
If a claimant does not qualify for the maximum weekly benefit rate, they may be entitled to a dependency allowance. Dependency benefits are payable at 7% of the basic weekly benefit rate for the first dependent and then at 4% for each of the next two dependents. (no more than three dependents.) If their spouse or civil union partner is employed during the week your claim takes effect, they are not eligible for a dependency allowance.
A "dependent" may be:
- an unemployed spouse or civil union partner;
- unemployed, unmarried children* under the age of 19;
- unemployed, unmarried children* under the age of 22 if attending a public or other nonprofit educational institution full time
*includes a stepchild or legally adopted child