The District of Columbia’s Unemployment Compensation Program pays benefits to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own, and who are ready, willing, and able to work. The program is administered by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and financed by taxes paid by employers doing business in the District. No deductions are taken from workers’ paychecks.
The statements on District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance posters explain the wage requirements an employee must meet to be covered. An employee must have wages in at least two quarters of the base period, have at least $1,300 in wages in one quarter of the base period, have at least $1,950 in wages for the entire base period, and an employee’s base period wages must be at least one-and-a-half times the wages in their highest quarter, or be within $70 of that amount.
District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance posters also list other requirements for eligibility for the program in addition to wage requirements. Applicants must be unemployed through no fault of their own. This means that if you fired the applicant, they should not be eligible for compensation. Additionally, applicants must be available for work. This means that Applicants must be ready and willing to accept work considered suitable for Applicants because of their past training, education, or experience. They must be physically able to work. Applicants cannot collect benefits while they are sick, injured, or disabled. As an employer, you will also need to keep records of the reason the employee left employment. If they left due to illness or injury, unemployment insurance is not the right program for compensation. If an applicant does not make at least two job contacts each week and make personal and continuing efforts each week to attain gainful employment using methods that are customary to their occupation, then you will not be liable under the unemployment insurance statutes.
The District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance posters provide the employer and employees important information regarding unemployment insurance.