When people become unemployed, there is often some worry and anxiety about the future. The bills will keep coming in, and regular living expenses do not stop. In the state of Maryland, unemployment insurance can be filed through Webcert, a resource for filing and making adjustments to your unemployment insurance. To file for unemployment insurance in Maryland, you will use the Webcert website to file your Weekly Claim Certification, which is how you request payment for each week that you are unemployed. You can also use the site to get the most recent payment information on your claim in the system. You can also file using Telecert, which allows filing over the phone. Webcert is a straightforward and fast alternative to Telecert.
There are two steps to filing for unemployment insurance:
Step 1: You need to establish your claim for insurance by filing an initial claim over the telephone or on the website.
Step 2: After you have established your initial claim, Weekly Claim Certifications need to be filed.
When Should You File Webcert Unemployment?
Each week that you choose to request a payment requires that you file a Weekly Claim Certification. The week always begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday for unemployment insurance purposes. People can file, after the week they request benefits, on any day Sunday through Friday.
Weekly Claim Certifications must be submitted before 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday for the previous weeks claim. As an example, if you are filing for the week beginning 3-1-19 and ending 3-7-19, you will need to file your Weekly Claim Certification between 12:01 am on 3-8-19 and 5 pm on Friday 3-13-19.
Failing to file your Weekly Claim Certification timely and within the guidelines could result in the benefits being denied. Always check to make sure guidelines have not changed. It is recommended to file earlier in the week, so payments are delivered promptly to eligible people.
Creating A Personal Identification Number (PIN)
There are three steps to establishing a personal identification number for Webcert. This is required and is a three-step process.
Step 1: Create a PIN
The first time you file a Weekly Claim Certification, you will be required to choose a four-digit PIN, or Personal Identification Number. To do this, you will click on the ‘Create a PIN’ option and follow the instructions. Each time you file on Webcert or Telecert, and each time you request a payment, you will need this PIN. You will also need your Social Security Number (SNN).
Step 2: Choose Security Questions
When you create your pin in Webcert, you will be asked to create security questions to help protect you. This involves both choosing questions and providing answers to those questions. The security questions and answers you choose will be used to verify you if you need to reset your PIN in the future, if you forget it. Make sure you record the answers in a safe place; you may need these at a later point. Two questions, with answers, will need to be provided.
Step 3: Forgot Your Pin?
Hopefully you will not need this step. If you do forget your PIN, however, there is a link labeled ‘Forgot Your PIN’ that you can click on. Follow the instructions given, and you will be led through the needed steps. You will need to use your Security Questions and answers that you create when you make a PIN for Webcert.
Completing The Webcert Unemployment Process
To complete your Webcert, you will go through a process each week. Being prepared with the needed information will help make this a shorter process.
Each week that you file a Weekly Claim Certification, you will need to answer a few questions regarding your eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. You will be able to see the dates for the week that is available for filing, starting with the Sunday date and ending on the Saturday date. When you answer these questions, it is important that you answer them for that week only.
Be sure to answer each question accurately and honestly. This is necessary for ensuring proper payment of unemployment benefits. Carelessly, or knowingly, providing false information can be considered fraud and can have repercussions.
Before you submit your answers, you will be able to review your responses and make corrections if needed. Once you have submitted your Weekly Claim Certification, you cannot change your answers.
As part of the process, you must report your earnings, your gross earnings, for the week you are filing for. You can use the Earnings Calculator on the site to help you determine this.
The last step before submitting your claim certification is your declaration. To complete this, you just verify that the information you have given is true and correct and that you have read all of the information provided. You will not be allowed to submit your Weekly Claim Certification without completing your declaration.
When you submit your certification, you are declaring under penalty of law that you have reviewed the information and given truthful information. Your answers are retained; they become part of your unemployment insurance record. Remember, answering questions for anyone else, or failing to report all the money you earned during the week, is considered fraud.
When you submit your Weekly Claim Certification, you will be given a confirmation number, which you should record in case you need it in the future. You can print this out if you prefer. If you are not provided a confirmation number, the Webcert has not been completed, and no benefits can be paid.
Work Search Log
Weekly job contacts must be recorded in the MWE-REX Work Search Verification Log; these may be audited.
A Filing Alert may appear on the Filing Completed page, which means there is a message that may impact your claim. Look for this when at your summary page, these notes are important and need to be read.
Payment Information (H2) The most recent payment, received in the last 30 days, are provided in the ‘Recent Payment Information’ section. This is updated daily, but keep in mind that payments might not be available until the afternoon of the next working day following the Issue Date that is given. You can also view your past payment history by clicking on ‘View Past Payment History.’ This provides information on your previous three payments.