(1) A claim for benefits becomes inactive if, for any two consecutive weeks within the benefit year, any of the following occur in any combination:

(a) claimant does not file a weekly payment request; or

(b) claimant files a weekly payment request, but:

(i) indicates that the claimant does not wish to claim benefits;

(ii) reports hours of work equal to or greater than 40;

(iii) reports hours of work equal to or greater than the claimant's established hours typically worked; or

(iv) reports earnings equal to or greater than twice the claimant's weekly benefit amount.

(2) To reactivate an inactive claim, the claimant must:

(a) call the claims processing center during the center's published business hours and request that the claim be reactivated; or

(b) access the department's Internet claim system.

(3) A reactivated claim is effective on the Sunday of the calendar week in which the claimant reactivates the claim. A claimant may request that the department backdate the claim to an earlier effective date. The department may backdate a claim when the department determines that the claimant had good cause for the delay in reactivating the claim.

(4) When reactivating a claim, a claimant must provide information concerning any separation from insured work as provided in ARM 24.11.451.


History: 39-51-301, 39-51-302, MCA; IMP, 39-51-2103, 39-51-2104, 39-51-2401, MCA; NEW, 1988 MAR p. 2723, Eff. 1/1/89; AMD, 1999 MAR p. 2876, Eff. 12/26/99; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 3539, Eff. 12/31/00; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 916, Eff. 4/7/06; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1669, Eff. 10/26/07; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 593, Eff. 3/28/14; AMD, 2018 MAR p. 638, Eff. 4/1/18.