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Do You Qualify for Unemployment?

 

You can get unemployment if you can answer "Yes" to all three of these questions:

EXPLANATION: The amount of benefits you get depends on how much money you made in the 12 months before losing your job. This is called your base period.

EXPLANATION: If you were laid off, fired, or left the company for a good reason (like an illness), you could qualify. You will not qualify if you quit your job.

EXPLANATION: You must be ready, willing, and able to work. You can’t be too sick, injured, or disabled to work.

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My wife has been unemployed for over a year and just a good job in Colorado. If I quit my job will I qualify for unemployment? Several years back she quit her job when we moved from TX to IL and she qualified for it out of texas. Does Illinois do something similar?
Thx

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My wife has been unemployed for over a year and just a good job in Colorado. If I quit my job will I qualify for unemployment? Several years back she quit her job when we moved from TX to IL and she qualified for it out of texas. Does Illinois do something similar?
Thx

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I had started to work for a company and after a few weeks I complained to the owner about a co-worker bringing their dog in and the dog relieving itself in the office. The owner lives out of the area and came to the local office and had a meeting with the co-worker, another worker and myself. The owner advised the co-worker that she should discontinue this practice.
As several weeks passed, the co-worker continued to bring her dog in.
During this time, I was offered a (new job for higher wages) and accepted it. With in 3 days, the employer advised me, I wasn't a fit for the company and let me go.

I filed for unemployment and was granted my benefits, from my first employer and not the second employer, who let me go. Several weeks later I was advised, from unemployment, the first employer appealed my benefits. A couple of weeks later, I had my phone interview to appeal unemployment’s decision. During the appeal, the owner stated, the two co-workers, told her the dog never came back into the office. The hearing officer later ruled, that I left the company because of the sanitary conditions and said I never got back to the owner, to let the owner know, the incidents were still occurring.

I filed my written appeal, based on the fact that I left the employer because of being offered a (new position), with higher wages.
I received that decision back and stayed with the original decision of the hearing officer.

I feel, I want to take this to the circuit court to appeal unemployment's decision.

Any Suggestions

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I am 100% commission based. I work 45-50 hours a week but am not punched in to a clock. My earnings have been under $1,000.00 for several months of this year and last year. If I keep current pace I would make less than $20,000 this year. Am I eligible for any enemployment since my average on a per hour basis would be far less than minmum wage? If I were let go, how is my unemployment benefit determined? Thanks for your help!

very frustrated

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I was injured at work but had my workers compensation claim denied. At this point they are working me on light duty which is not really to doctors restrictions. Some of the work is testing the injury and causing symptoms to resurface. This is making me think that I really may not be able to perform the job I had before I was injured. Can I quit and be eligible for unemployment?

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Nichole82, If you feel that you are physically unable to work, you will not qualify for unemployment. You should look into filing for Social Security Disability. Take a look at our articles on the subject.

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i have been denied benefitsbecause"you are denied benefits until you earn a specific amount of wages." what does this mean? i did receive 2 checks prior to an interview i had with an adjusticator. i have submitted an appeal. what should i do now. my bills are adding up. i was laid off from a place i was working at through a temp agency for over a year. please help.

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It sounds to me like you were on unemployment for a while then found a job and are now applying for unemployment again without meeting the requirement for how much money you need to have earned while working to qualify for unemployment again. You did the right thing by appealing. Take a look at our article "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of agencies that may be able to give you free legal advice regarding your appeal.

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I work for a public school district in Florida as office support. I was recently told that due to budget cuts, my position is being changed for next school year. I would be going from a 12 month clerk typist position, close to $30 thousand a year to a 9 month paraprofessional position, about $14 thousand a year. So my question is since they are not offering me a position that is comparable to the one I have now, do I have to accept it? If I don't accept it can I file for unemployment?

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tmac, you should contact your local unemployment office and find out how much less of a position you are required to take. For example, you may be required to take a job that pays 75% of your current wages but not 50%. I do not know what the requirements are in your state. Take a look at our article "Getting Unemployment" and click on your state name for the contact information of the unemployment agency in your area.

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My husband is in the Air Force and we were stationed in Utah for 2 years. For those two years, I worked for the same company. Obviously, because he got orders to move across the country, I had to quit my job. I applied for unemployment and was denied because " I left my job to accompany my spouse to a new location" and this is considered "without good cause". I am going to file an appeal but has this happened to anyone else? I certainly wouldn't have stayed in Utah while my family moved out of state, it's not like we moved to a different county in Utah! Also, does Utah have a waiting period if someone does quit? I know in other states, if you quit your job, you can be approved but you must wait 6 weeks after you quit. I really can't believe I got denied because the military moved my husband to another state, it seems like I left my job "with great cause" if you ask me! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Goode, you should appeal the decision. Take a look at our article "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of agencies that may be able to give you free legal assistance with your appeal.

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I was working at Winco Foods and developed a problem with my left arm, could not use it to the point of lifting a coffee cup. I did not turn in a workmans comp claim for I have 3 herniated disks in my neck and a cronic problem from time to time. Turns out it was a combo of tennis elbow and pinched nerve that I have been seeing two doctors for. I was release for light duty full time work, but Winco said they don't have light duty available. I applied for unemployment and they are holding benefits while they review why I voluntarily quit. I did not quit and I stated that. I am able to work full time with some limitations on lifting and repetitive motions with my left hand. Why can't I get unemployment until I can resume full duty work?

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Loveyamore, it sounds like you would be better off trying to file a workers comp claim or possibly filing for Social Security Disability. Your best bet is to contact and attorney to discuss your options. There are some legal organizations that can help you with this for free. Take a look at our article, "Get Help Getting Unemployment."

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My employer hasn't been paying me the agreed amount, and has also been embezzling the employees 401k contributions for the past couple years. I've been counseled by an attorney that recommends I sue the company in Federal court with 2 claims under the same law suit. I know that once the company is served I risk being fired, but I'm against a wall in having no choice but to take legal action in order to recieve my retirement money and other monies do under the agreed compensation plan. I also know that I can not be fired in retaliation under ERISA. So I'm unsure at this time what will happen. If I am fired that will be a whole other claim, but can I collect unemployment benefits?

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Torn, it sounds like you are in a rough situation. Your lawyer knows your situation best and I would recommend that you listen to him. Your attorney should also be able to advise you about unemployment but, in general, if you don't leave a job of your own free will you usually can qualify for unemployment.

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I had a contract with a company that was bought out by another larger company ... the larger company honored my contract until its' expiration yesterday ... they did not offer me full time employment and did renew my contract .. then sent me a separation agreement which stated that I was terminated.
Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

If anyone has any knowledge of work contracts ... let me know .. I believe there were some inconsistencies in the manner in which I was terminated ... which I may want to pursue ...

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Hello. I have been unemployed since last May and reside in NC. I have been collecting unemployment from the state since this time. I was offered a job that would be commission-only, and very low commission at that until I build up my sponsors. Would I still qualify for unemployment if I accepted this job? I could not survive on the commission-only pay alone and am wondering if it is worth it. Thank you.

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I was givent he option from my employer to walk out or be terminated. I chose his termination, now he is telling work force I walked out how can I win the appeal?

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lbradiology, take a look at our article, "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of agencies that can provide you with legal assistance.

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I moved to Iowa in July, 2009. I quit my 12 yr. job in NJ to move to IA. I was not "street smart" & didn't know what I was supposed to do for unemployment. I have never NOT had a job since I was 18 yrs. old. I was denied unemployment benefits because I voluntarily quit my job in NJ to move here. Now, I have been out of work since July, still having a hard time actually finding a job (I can't believe it). The only way I am surviving right now is because I was forced to cash in my 401k so I could pay rent, eat, pay bills, etc. I have lived here in IA for 9 months now. If I apply for unemployment now, would I get it? I'm running out of $$ and I'm submitting resumes like crazy, getting nothing. I'm getting extremely low on funds and I'm freaking out now.

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I'm the son of 2 mexican immigrants who because they don't know much english and aren't fully adapted to the american culture, always depended heavily on their 2 sons for everything. Recently my younger brother became encarcelated and may spend some time in prison. Now all of the responsibility is on my shoulders... taking my sisters to school, helping my fagther with his business, caring for the family pets, etc... My job has always been demanding and asked that we work many hours but now I have other responsibilities other than my job that are important. I need to put my family first and so I asked at work that they change my schedule so that I can continue at my current job and still help out with the burden that my brother has put on us. But my job doesn't seem to accomodate my situation although they know what my situation is. If I quit, do I qualify for benefits in Illinois? And if they let me go because they feel I'm being difficult with my schedule, will I qualify for benefits? Everything was going great until my brother got into legal problems and I fear it's affecting me at work. Please help.

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I'm a military spouse who was employed with the same company for 3 years. When my husband had orders to relocate from San Diego, CA to Cameron Park, CA last August I gave my employer more than 2 weeks notice that I'd be relocating at the end of October. Once situated in Cameron Park and available for employment, I applied for unemployment on 12/27/09 and began receiving monies about a month after. On 2/18/10 I received a Notice of Appeal and Transmittal of Appealed Determination from EDD to be expecting a notice for an appeal hearing because my former employer has appealed EDD's decision. Do I have cause for concern? Should I seek representation when I appear for this hearing?

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Unemployment occurs when a person is available and willing to work but currently without work.[1] The prevalence of unemployment is usually measured using the unemployment rate, which is defined as the percentage of those in the labor force who are unemployed.I am searching here ccna notes. The unemployment rate is also used in economic studies and economic induces such as the United States' Conference Board's Index of Leading Indicators as a measure of the state of macroeconomics.

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I have been a 1099 employee of a fortune 100 company consistently for five years. I was an employee of that fortune 100 company for seven years prior. This company paid me through a third party agency, who issued me the 1099s. The Fortune 100 company provided me with my equipment, dictated the hours I worked, reimbursed me for travel expenses to attend meetings, required weekly hourly status reports and provided me an e-mail address at the company. I paid my own social security taxes etc.. Do I qualify for unemployment insurance??

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I gave 4 weeks notice that I was going to quit my job and move from Ohio to another state to look for a job near friends. I was fired on the spot. I do not have another job and was counting on the one month of pay to help me move. I wanted to help my employer by giving them plenty of time to prepare. Now I am hurting. Can I collect unemployment in Ohio?

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2 weeks ago I put in my notice to leave as of March 11,2010. Today I was informed they were accepting my resignation and it would be my last day. The reason I put in my notice is that my wife found a job in Arizona, we live in Wisconsin, and she took it so I am relocating because of that. I don't have a job lined up yet and am wondering if I qualify for unemployment.

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I've been working for my employer since november '07 and mid june 2009, i took intermittent FMLA to care for my fully disabled mother who had a brain aneurysm and stroke. I took intermittent FMLA so i could still work and support us. However, in November, my blood pressure was extremely high and I got dizzy at work. My HR director advised me to take the remaining FMLA for myself and my mother in a 2 month block- thus killing 2 birds with one stone. I have since been released to work again by my doctor jan 7th '10 (who documented that I was under extreme caregivers stress due to the situation with the job and mom).

Since returning to work, I have had more stress with going back and forth because my mothers house is 1.5 hour away from my job and her SS claim has not allowed for a home health care aide to come and assist just yet- taking me BACK to square 1 where I need to either take off periodically to care for her OR find something closer and different hours so I can support us in the meantime.

I applied for leave through my employer, which they stated would not protect my job and may or may not get approved, which it didn't. So if they fire me for absences due to the care of my sick mother, can I get unemployment? If they don't fire me, can I quit and get unemployment while I look for something closer with different hours? I don't want a huge gap where there is no income. Waiting for her benefits would be stressful.

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my unemployment weekly benefits (26 weeks ) runs out the end of February.y benefit yar is 7/01/09 thru 6/30/10 and I am still not employeed...what do I do , can I do....help.

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I was laid off in July but my company continued to pay my medical benefits until sept, Also unknowingly my compnay made 401k contributions. Noe unemployment is telling me that I should not have received benefits over this time. Is this true? What can I say at the appeal if necessary?

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I just lost my job. I am trying to figure out if I would qualify. This is what I don't understand/ Indiana states " You must have earned total base period wages that are 1.5 times greater than your highest quarter" in their handbook. If that is true, I won't qualify. because my last quarter I received more hours and made more money. However I have only been employed for a total of 3 quarters. I was self employed before that previous employment will not be counted. So I started employment in April of 2009 Here are the wages:
My wages for May-June 2009 were $2303, July through Sept $ 3274 , and October through December $ 4563. The way I am figuring this out is that my last quarter wages of $4563 were too high for me to qualify.
Current Base period is (April-Sept) $ 5577.00 (Oct-Dec) $4563 x 1 1/2% = $ 6844.50 So because I do not have a base period of 4 quarters this is hurting me, because my Oct-Dec quarter is more than my base quarter and I may not qualify?

So I guess my real questions are....am I figuring this out correctly? and if I am are things figured out differently for people who have not been on the job that long?

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I worked in a small family size business for many yrs. and had all taxes taken from my check. About a year ago, I had to quit the job because my husband and I bought a house more than 80 miles away (each way). I gave 2 months notice. My husband was able to continue with the job he had previously but it was too far for me to drive each day. We moved because this was a better area to raise our children (aged 11yrs and 15 yrs).
Would I qualify for unemployment? It has been almost a year since I quit. I really would have liked to continued but it was just too far and the cost of gas would not make it worthwhile.

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All right I am supposed to be starting a CDL course on 2-22-10 I have a meeting on 2-1-10 with unemployment, buy my brother in law works at the same company that I used to work for, he calls me and tells me that they might be calling me this week. I would like to know if I get approved for funding from NYS unemployment on monday today is saturday, am I obligated to go back to work or would I be able to tell them that I am going to school? I know that I can't deny a job or my benefits could be cancelled. So any answers would help out. thanks in advance?!?!?!!

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Clipse, you need to contact the NYS Unemployment office. I suspect that you would be putting your benefits in jeopardy by turning down work but only NYS Unemployment can tell you for sure. If you are looking for money to live on whole going to school, you should look into financial aid and student loans. I recommend that you take a look at our Paying for College section.

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I was recently offered to resign from my position of 4 1/2 years with my company or be terminated on the spot. I was told it was due to material found on my company-provided laptop and given no other explanation or evidence. I chose the resignation. How do I answer the fired/laid-off question, as I did not want to leave my position and would I qualify?

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Mike, answer that you did not leave your job willingly. If they ask for further explanation, explain it to them just as you have explained it to us. Your former employer should be able to verify your version of the circumstances.

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I was laid off as a mortgage loan officer/processor back in Aug 09. My boss keeps calling me asking me business questions, because he doesn't know my job. I have helped him out but it started to get a little old. I made the comment that it sounds like he needed to put me back on payroll. I was receiving a base salary of 25k and then I would receive approx 25K in commission. He said that he can not afford to put me back on payroll, but is willing to let me work from home for commission only. The commission formula would be even less that what I was receiving before. I would have to work about 5 hrs/week for a month or two, then once the file was closed/sold I would then receive the commission. I understand that I would not receive my unemployment for the week I was pd and that I would have to go in and refile/restart my claim. But could this kick me out of the system totally ? This is not the best situation, I would rather go work for another company FT, but it is something for now. I am in GA.

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Cathy, you need to contact the Georgia Department of Labor and see what their policy is concerning claiming and receiving partial unemployment benefits. You can contact them on the web here: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/contact_us.htm. Good luck.

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I HAD AN INSURANCE OFFICE, FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS AND 9 MO, DID NOT PAY ANY MONEY TO UNEMPLOYMENT INS, LAST 5 YEARS BUT DIDV PAY THE PRIOR 30 YEARS, BUSS WENT BAD DO I QUALYFI FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

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Rey, there is no way to answer this question accurately unless you file for unemployment benefits in your state. Put in an application and they will make the determination.

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I have been employed at my current job for almost five years. I am in school and am doing a good job not allowing it to interfere with my work. My employer has made it clear that they will not cater to anyone's school schedule and eventually I will have to take classes that will interfere and may have to quit. I have been looking high and low for another job anywhere but with no success thus far. I am planning on approaching my employer hoping they will work with me. If not, would I be able to get any unemployment benefits?

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nfleishell13, You could put your benefits in jeopardy by turning down work. You should contact your state's unemployment agency and speak to them about your questions and concerns. If they will not allow you to collect unemployment because you lost the job do to your own actions, you should look into financial aid and student loans. Many people are understandably wary of taking out student loans but if you need them to pay your bills while you are putting yourself through school this will lead to a higher paying job which will allow you to pay back the loans and have a better life. In the long run, it's probably the right decision.

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I have worked for a company in Tn for almost two years. I received a two week notice as of 12/27/09 due to lack of work. Upon recieving that notice she offered me to become a 1099 status employee, but could not guarantee me any work. If I decline this offer am I still eligible for unemployment benefits in the state of Tn.

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CowboyDave10, you need to contact your local unemployment office, they are the only ones that can answer this question accurately. Even if you do become a 1099 contract employee, you still may be able to qualify for partial unemployment when there is no work, but again, this is something that you need to ask your local unemployment office.

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I have worked now for 6 weeks in retail. The company is letting all the holiday employees go. Can I file for unemployment in NY?
The last job I had was in October 2008. I have never filed for unemployment before.

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RetailMama, you may not have worked enough in the last year, but I cannot say for sure. Fill out an application and see what they say.

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Hi there! I have worked for a retail company for 6 weeks. They are about to let all their holiday help go. Can I file for unemployment in NYS? The last job I had before this was in 2008. I have never claimed unemployment before. Thank you.

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Im in the army reserves and I was in training for 5 months a year ago the in august of this year I got a security job that I quit a week into it then I recently got hired for a company that payed 16 bucks and hour which I worked for a week because they said I don't meet their qualifications would I be able to get unemployment??

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derek, you might qualify, but there are a lot of circumstances involved. Your best bet is to simply fill out the application and let your state make the final determination.

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Odd situation here, I worked from 10/2008 - 4/2009 (6 months) with a company that went out of business. I filed and got unemplyment, but because I only worked 6 months, the state of MA only gave me about 13 weeks of unemployment, and that is not the full amount. All was fair, I got another job about a month after unemployment ran out. I have been working that job now for about 5 months. The manager is now discussing layoffs and they are a real possibility for us contract workers. Would I be able to get unemployment, even though I applied and got 13 weeks and only have 5 months of work before I applied again? (I read that they needed a 12 months base period, but what if I have not been working for 12 months? I did earn unemployment previously as I stated.) Thank you!

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