1. Payment. Twenty-four months after the date when contributions first accrue under this chapter, benefits shall become payable from the fund; provided, that wages earned for services defined in section 96.19, subsection 18, paragraph "g" (3), irrespective of when performed, shall not be included for purposes of determining eligibility, under section 96.4 or full-time weekly wages, under subsection 4 of this section, for the purposes of any benefit year commencing on or after July 1, 1939, nor shall any benefits with respect to unemployment occurring on and after July 1, 1939, be payable under subsection 5 of this section on the basis of such wages. All benefits shall be paid through employment offices in accordance with such regulations as the division of job service of the department of employment services may prescribe.
2. Total unemployment. Each eligible individual who is totally unemployed in any week shall be paid with respect to such week benefits in an amount which shall be equal to the individual's weekly benefit amount.
3. Partial unemployment. An individual who is partially unemployed in any week as defined in section 96.19, subsection 38, paragraph "b", and who meets the conditions of eligibility for benefits shall be paid with respect to that week an amount equal to the individual's weekly benefit amount less that part of wages payable to the individual with respect to that week in excess of one-fourth of the individual's weekly benefit amount. The benefits shall be rounded to the lower multiple of one dollar.
4. Determination of benefits. With respect to benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 1983, an eligible individual's weekly benefit amount for a week of total unemployment shall be an amount equal to the following fractions of the individual's total wages in insured work paid during that quarter of the individual's base period in which such total wages were highest; the commissioner shall determine annually a maximum weekly benefit amount equal to the following percentages, to vary with the number of dependents, of the statewide average weekly wage paid to employees in insured work which shall be effective the first day of the first full week in July: Q $KIP$ 1 P MARGINS F *T( If the $T7@ The weekly $T15@ Subject to the ~~ number of $T7@ benefit amount $T15@ following maxi- ~~ dependents $T7@ shall equal the $T15@ mum percentage ~~ is: $T7@ following frac- $T15@ of the statewide ~~ $T7@ tion of high $T15@ average weekly ~~ $T7@ quarter wages: $T15@ wage: ~~ 0 $T7@ 1/23 $T15@ 53% ~~ 1 $T7@ 1/22 $T15@ 55% ~~ 2 $T7@ 1/21 $T15@ 57% ~~ 3 $T7@ 1/20 $T15@ 60% ~~ 4 or more $T7@ 1/19 $T15@ 65% ~~ Q $KIP$ 1 P MARGINS L *T) The maximum weekly benefit amount, if not a multiple of one dollar shall be rounded to the lower multiple of one dollar. However, until such time as sixty-five percent of the statewide average weekly wage exceeds one hundred ninety dollars, the maximum weekly benefit amounts shall be determined using the statewide average weekly wage computed on the basis of wages reported for calendar year 1981. As used in this section "dependent" means dependent as defined in section 422.12, subsection 1, paragraph "c", as if the individual claimant was a taxpayer, except that an individual claimant's nonworking spouse shall be deemed to be a dependent under this section. "Nonworking spouse" means a spouse who does not earn more than one hundred twenty dollars in gross wages in one week.
5. Duration of benefits. The maximum total amount of benefits payable to an eligible individual during a benefit year shall not exceed the total of the wage credits accrued to the individual's account during the individual's base period, or twenty-six times the individual's weekly benefit amount, whichever is the lesser. The commissioner shall maintain a separate account for each individual who earns wages in insured work. The commissioner shall compute wage credits for each individual by crediting the individual's account with one-third of the wages for insured work paid to the individual during the individual's base period. However, the commissioner shall recompute wage credits for an individual who is laid off due to the individual's employer going out of business at the factory, establishment, or other premises at which the individual was last employed, by crediting the individual's account with one-half, instead of one-third, of the wages for insured work paid to the individual during the individual's base period. Benefits paid to an eligible individual shall be charged against the base period wage credits in the individual's account which have not been previously charged, in the inverse chronological order as the wages on which the wage credits are based were paid. However if the state "off indicator" is in effect and if the individual is laid off due to the individual's employer going out of business at the factory, establishment, or other premises at which the individual was last employed, the maximum benefits payable shall be extended to thirty-nine times the individual's weekly benefit amount, but not to exceed the total of the wage credits accrued to the individual's account.
6. Part-time workers.
a. As used in this subsection the term "part-time worker" means an individual whose normal work is in an occupation in which the individual's services are not required for the customary scheduled full-time hours prevailing in the establishment in which the individual is employed, or who, owing to personal circumstances, does not customarily work the customary scheduled full-time hours prevailing in the establishment in which the individual is employed.
b. The commissioner shall prescribe fair and reasonable general rules applicable to part-time workers, for determining their full-time weekly wage, and the total wages in employment by employers required to qualify such workers for benefits.
7. Recovery of overpayment of benefits. If an individual receives benefits for which the individual is subsequently determined to be ineligible, even though the individual acts in good faith and is not otherwise at fault, the benefits shall be recovered. The division of job service in its discretion may recover the overpayment of benefits either by having a sum equal to the overpayment deducted from any future benefits payable to the individual or by having the individual pay to the division a sum equal to the overpayment.
If the division determines that an overpayment has been made, the charge for the overpayment against the employer's account shall be removed and the account shall be credited with an amount equal to the overpayment from the unemployment compensation trust fund and this credit shall include both contributory and reimbursable employers, notwithstanding section 96.8, subsection 5.
8. Back pay. If an individual receives benefits for a period of unemployment and subsequently receives a payment for the same period from the individual's employer in the form of or in lieu of back pay, the benefits shall be recovered. The division of job service, in its discretion, may reach an agreement with the individual and the employer to allow the employer to deduct the amount of the benefits from the back pay and remit a sum equal to that amount to the unemployment compensation fund and the balance to the individual, or may recover the amount of the benefits either by having a sum equal to that amount deducted from any future benefits payable to the individual or by having the individual pay to the division a sum equal to that amount. If an agreement is reached to allow the employer to deduct the amount of benefits from the back pay and remit that amount to the fund, the division shall not charge that amount to the employer's account under section 96.7.
9. Child support intercept.
a. An individual filing a claim for benefits under section 96.6, subsection 1 shall, at the time of filing, disclose whether the individual owes a child support obligation which is being enforced by the child support recovery unit established in section 252B.2. If an individual discloses that such a child support obligation is owed and the individual is determined to be eligible for benefits under this chapter, the division of job service shall notify the child support recovery unit of the individual's disclosure and deduct and withhold from benefits payable to the individual the amount specified by the individual.
b. However, if the child support recovery unit and an individual owing a child support obligation reach an agreement to have specified amounts deducted and withheld from the individual's benefits and the child support recovery unit submits a copy of the agreement to the division, the division shall deduct and withhold the specified amounts.
c. However, if the division is notified of an assignment of income by the child support recovery unit under chapter 252D or section 598.22 or 598.23 or is garnisheed by the child support recovery unit under chapter 642 and an individual's benefits are condemned to the satisfaction of the child support obligation being enforced by the child support recovery unit, the division shall deduct and withhold from the individual's benefits that amount required through legal process.
Notwithstanding section 642.2, subsections 2, 3, 6, and 7 which restrict garnishments under chapter 642 to wages of public employees, the division may be garnisheed under chapter 642 by the child support recovery unit established in section 252B.2, pursuant to a judgment for child support against an individual eligible for benefits under this chapter.
Notwithstanding section 96.15, benefits under this chapter are not exempt from income assignment, garnishment, attachment, or execution if assigned to or garnisheed by the child support recovery unit, established in section 252B.2, or if an assignment under section 598.22 or 598.23 is being enforced by the child support recovery unit to satisfy the child support obligation of an individual who is eligible for benefits under this chapter.
d. An amount deducted and withheld under paragraph "a", "b", or "c" shall be paid by the division to the child support recovery unit, and shall be treated as if it were paid to the individual as benefits under this chapter and as if it were paid by the individual to the child support recovery unit in satisfaction of the individual's child support obligations.
e. If an agreement for reimbursement has been made, the division shall be reimbursed by the child support recovery unit for the administrative costs incurred by the division under this section which are attributable to the enforcement of child support obligations by the child support recovery unit.
[C39, § 1551.09; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 96.3; 82 Acts, ch 1030, § 1]
83 Acts, ch 190, § 1--;4, 27; 84 Acts, ch 1067, § 17; 86 Acts, ch 1034, § 1; 87 Acts, ch 222, §1, 2; 87 Acts, ch 111, § 9; 89 Acts, ch 11, §1, 2; 93 Acts, ch 158, § 1; 95 Acts, ch 23, § 1; 95 Acts, ch 109, § 1
Referred to in § 85.60, 96.11, 96.19, 96.20, 96.40
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