48-627. Benefits; eligibility conditions; availability for work; requirements.

An unemployed individual shall be eligible to receive benefits with respect to any week, only if the Commissioner of Labor finds:

(1) He or she has registered for work at an employment office, is actively searching for work, and thereafter reports at an employment office in accordance with such rules and regulations as the commissioner may adopt and promulgate. The commissioner may, by rule and regulation, waive or alter any of the requirements of this subdivision as to individuals attached to regular jobs and as to such other types of cases or situations if the commissioner finds that compliance with such requirements would be oppressive or inconsistent with the purposes of the Employment Security Law;

(2) He or she has made a claim for benefits in accordance with section 48-629;

(3)(a) He or she is able to work and is available for work.

(b) No individual, who is otherwise eligible, shall be deemed ineligible, or unavailable for work, because he or she is on vacation without pay during such week, if such vacation is not the result of his or her own action as distinguished from any collective action by a collective-bargaining agent or other action beyond his or her individual control, and regardless of whether he or she was notified of the vacation at the time of his or her hiring.

(c) An individual who is otherwise eligible shall not be deemed unavailable for work or failing to engage in an active work search solely because such individual is seeking part-time work if the majority of the weeks of work in an individual's base period include part-time work. For purposes of this subdivision, seeking only part-time work shall mean seeking less than full-time work having comparable hours to the individual's part-time work in the base period, except that the individual must be available for work at least twenty hours per week.

(d) Receipt of a non-service-connected total disability pension by a veteran at the age of sixty-five or more shall not of itself bar the veteran from benefits as not able to work.

(e) An otherwise eligible individual while engaged in a training course approved for him or her by the commissioner shall be considered available for work for the purposes of this section.

(f) An inmate sentenced to and in custody of a penal or custodial institution shall be considered unavailable for work for purposes of this section;

(4) He or she has been unemployed for a waiting period of one week. No week shall be counted as a week of unemployment for the purpose of this subdivision (a) unless it occurs within the benefit year, which includes the week with respect to which he or she claims payment of benefits, (b) if benefits have been paid with respect thereto, or (c) unless the individual was eligible for benefits with respect thereto, as provided in sections 48-627, 48-627.01, 48-628, and 48-628.02 to 48-628.12, except for the requirements of this subdivision; and

(5) He or she is participating in reemployment services at no cost to such individual as directed by the commissioner, such as job search assistance services, if the individual has been determined to be likely to exhaust regular benefits and to need reemployment services pursuant to a profiling system established by rule and regulation of the commissioner which is in compliance with section 303(j)(1) of the federal Social Security Act, unless the commissioner determines that:

(a) The individual has completed such services; or

(b) There is justifiable cause for the claimant's failure to participate in such services.

Source:Laws 1937, c. 108, § 4, p. 376; Laws 1939, c. 56, § 3, p. 235; Laws 1941, c. 94, § 3, p. 383; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 48-704; R.S.1943, § 48-627; Laws 1945, c. 115, § 3, p. 382; Laws 1949, c. 163, § 10, p. 425; Laws 1953, c. 167, § 6, p. 531; Laws 1955, c. 190, § 6, p. 543; Laws 1957, c. 209, § 2, p. 739; Laws 1959, c. 230, § 1, p. 804; Laws 1961, c. 241, § 1, p. 717; Laws 1963, c. 291, § 3, p. 872; Laws 1963, c. 292, § 1, p. 875; Laws 1971, LB 651, § 5; Laws 1973, LB 372, § 1; Laws 1977, LB 509, § 4; Laws 1981, LB 470, § 2; Laws 1985, LB 339, § 21; Laws 1987, LB 446, § 2; Laws 1987, LB 469, § 1; Laws 1988, LB 1033, § 2; Laws 1995, LB 1, § 8; Laws 1995, LB 240, § 1; Laws 1998, LB 225, § 2; Laws 2005, LB 484, § 5; Laws 2005, LB 739, § 9; Laws 2010, LB1020, § 3; Laws 2017, LB172, § 28; Laws 2017, LB203, § 2.