Unemployment Compensation serves as wage replacement for employees if they experience a job loss. All employees have the right to file a claim for Unemployment Compensation benefits. They should apply for these benefits, or file a claim, at the local unemployment office as soon as they become unemployed. Usually individuals file during the first calendar week after losing a job. Weekly benefits are not paid retroactively (i.e. the sooner one files a claim, the sooner one may become eligible for benefits). Once the claim has been filed, it will be sent by the unemployment office to WVU Medical Management to complete the required WVU employment information.