After a claimant files an initial claim for benefits, DEW gathers information about the separation from both the claimant and the employer. DEW then makes a determination about whether the claimant is eligible for benefits. DEW also issues determinations regarding other issues, such as disqualification for failing to complete required work searches. This document is very important because it tells you what action DEW is taking on your claim for benefits.
An example of a determination is below. When you receive a determination, it is important to look at it closely. It shows the weekly benefit amount, any reduction for a finding of discharge for a disqualifying reason such as misconduct or cause, and the reason for the determination. At the bottom of the determination is the mailing date, which is necessary information to ensure that you file a timely appeal so that your case doesn't get dismissed.