Claim Week versus File Week

Your new bridge to benefits is almost here and we want to help make this transition as easy as possible. In the new system, just like in the old system, claim weeks and file weeks begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. When you file for unemployment insurance, you should be filing for previous weeks’ benefits.

So for example, if you did not work Monday, August 21-Friday, August 25, this would be known as your CLAIM WEEK because this is the week you were unemployed and for which you are filing to receive benefits. You cannot file a claim until the week has passed, so you would file this claim the week beginning August 27, this is your FILE WEEK.