To satisfy a one-week waiting period requirement, no benefits are payable for your first 7 days of sickness in your first claim in a period of continuing sickness, unless you have already served a waiting period in the benefit year. Benefits are payable for each remaining day of sickness in your first claim. For example, if you claim all 14 days in your first claim, you will be paid benefits for 7 days. If you are eligible and your claims are continuous from one benefit year to another, you generally will serve only one waiting period in your period of continuing sickness.
If you have at least 4 consecutive days of sickness and 5 days of sickness overall, you should file a claim for benefits. Even though no benefits may be payable if the claim is your first claim in the benefit year, your claim must be filed in order to satisfy the waiting period requirement. If you have more than 7 days of sickness in your waiting period claim, benefits will be paid for the number of days of sickness over 7. After your first claim, benefits will be paid for all days over 4 for other claims in the benefit year.
A "period of continuing sickness" means either (1) a period of consecutive days of sickness, whether from one or more causes, or (2) a period of successive days of sickness due to a single cause without interruption of more than 90 consecutive days which are not days of sickness.