If you are out of work in Rhode Island and need to file a claim for unemployment, you must register for work with the Department of Labor & Training to be eligible for benefits.  This information has been clarified on the Rhode Island Employment Security Act and Temporary Disability Insurance Act poster.  The previous unemployment poster said only that employment and training services were available. These changes affect the state’s labor law poster.

Other requirements for eligibility include:  must be unemployed through no fault of your own, must have earned minimum qualifying wages, and must be physically able to work, available for work and actively seeking work. 

The RI Department of Labor & Training offers many options and resources to help unemployed workers as well as those on disability. 

Unemployment claims can be filed over the phone or online.  Once the claim has been approved, Rhode Island offers the Teleserve Automated Payment System which allows you to request your weekly unemployment insurance benefit payments with a touch tone  phone or online.  Payments must be requested every week. 

On the DLT website you can access the Guide to Filing a UI Claim that will help you prepare everything you need to file a claim.  Categories cover information about yourself and your dependents, employment history, related financial information, education and processing preferences. 

In addition to the unemployment changes on the poster, application forms for temporary disability insurance benefits can now be obtained from local netWORKri Career Centers.  The previous poster listed options to file online or call to request an application. 

If you need to update your Rhode Island labor law poster or you would like to order a 1-Year Compliance Protection Plan for worry-free compliance, go to the Poster Compliance Center website at www.postercompliance.com or call 1-800-322-3636.