Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a state-operated program that provides temporary financial assistance to qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and meet the legal requirements of the law. Benefits are based on your past employment and attachment to the labor market rather than on your financial situation. Employers pay all costs of unemployment insurance through a tax on their payrolls or on a reimbursable basis. As a worker, you do not pay any part of your wages to finance unemployment benefits or the unemployment insurance program.
The UI program is administered by the Unemployment Insurance Division of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations under Chapter 383, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Hawaii Administrative Rules, Chapter 5, Title 12.