Reemployment Assistance Application Guide 

Apply for Benefits

Reemployment assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. 

Request Benefit Payment

After applying for benefits, you need to request benefit payment in CONNECT on a biweekly basis.


Your claim will be reviewed for potential issues such as your job separation, your availability, or ability to work; this is called the adjudication process.

File an Appeal

If a determination is made to deny benefits, you may request an administrative hearing conducted by an appeal referee.

Tax Information

Benefits are a taxable income. You can elect to withhold 10% of your weekly benefit income to cover your taxes due to the IRS.

Fraud and Overpayments

Reemployment assistance fraud is any false statements or failure to disclose a material fact, knowingly made for the purpose of obtaining or preventing payment of benefits contrary to the provisions of law. Non-fraud overpayments may be the result of oversight, misunderstanding, technical errors, redetermination, adjudication, appeals decisions, RAAC orders, court decisions or other mitigating circumstances.

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s information to take on his or her identity.

Repay Overpayments

Overpayments that have not been referred to a collection agency can be repaid to the department either by check/money order or by credit card.

Claimant FAQs

A collection of the most frequently asked questions to help assist and guide you through the reemployment assistance program.

Informational Videos

The informational videos page was created to answer common questions and cover procedural information on all areas of the reemployment assistance program. 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Is a federally funded program that assists individuals who become unemployed as a direct result of a disaster.


It is not necessary to use friends or family members for interpretive services. DEO offers assistance to people who do not speak English as their primary language and those who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. We also provide assistance to people who are unable to file a claim for various reasons. To speak to a Creole or Spanish speaker or use translation services, call the Contact Center: 1-800-204-2418.

People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call: 1-800-681-8102.

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Apply for Benefits

In between jobs?


Start your application in CONNECT



Contact Us

E-mail a reemployment assistance agent

For Individuals:
Reemployment Assistance Hotline
RA Virtual Service

For Employers:
DEO Employer Call Center



 Reemployment Assistance fraud is a 3rd degree felony. Each offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 fine.

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