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What is the process of filing a biweekly claim with the Pennsylvania unemployment offices?

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After filing the initial claim for Unemployment Compensation benefits, it is possible to file a biweekly claim with the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office online or over the phone. Hearing-impaired persons can file their biweekly claims using TTY services by calling 888-334-4046, as of September 2015.

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Both online and phone claim filing is available on Sundays from 6:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hearing-impaired individuals can file their biweekly claims using the TTY service 24 hours a day from Sunday to Friday.

Once the initial application has been filed, persons claiming unemployment benefits are required to file a claim for each week that they are totally or partially employed. In most cases, the person files claims for two weeks at a time, which is why these claims are considered biweekly. Although it is possible to file a claim for two weeks, the individual must certify their eligibility for unemployment benefits for each week separately.

For Unemployment Compensation purposes, the state of Pennsylvania designates that the calendar week begins on Sunday and ends on the following Saturday. The Saturday that ends the week is known as the compensable week-ending date, also called the CWE date.

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