Combined Wage Claim Law and Legal Definition

Combined wage claim is a claim relating to unemployment insurance. It can be filed by a claimant who has earned wage credits in two or more states if it provides benefits for which s/he could not otherwise qualify or will increase the benefits for which s/he qualifies in a single state. There are state specific rules regarding this.

The following is an example of a state statute (Utah) on combined wage claim:

(1) Any unemployed individual who has had covered employment in two or more states may file a combined wage claim unless:

(a) he has established a claim under any other state;

(b) the benefit year has not ended;

(c) and there are still unused benefit rights.

(2) Unused Benefit Rights.

A claimant will not be considered to have unused benefit rights on a prior claim if:

(a) all benefits have been exhausted, or

(b) benefits have been denied by a seasonal restriction, or

(c) benefits have been postponed for an indefinite period or for the remainder of the benefit year. A disqualification imposed because a claimant is not able to work or available for work is not considered a denial of a claimant's benefit rights. [U.A.C. R994-106-103]