How Do I Know If I Am Eligible To Receive Unemployment Benefits?

To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must meet eligibility requirements. You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own. You must have been laid off due to lack of work, voluntarily quit with good cause connected with the employment, or been discharged but not for misconduct. You must be physically able to work full­time, ready to go to work, and be willing and able to accept both full and part­time work.

In addition to the above, you must establish monetary entitlement to benefits by having sufficient earnings in the base period. The base period is the four quarters of earnings that are used to determine how much unemployment you qualify for. The four quarters used are the first four of the last five completed quarters. You must have worked and been paid wages for employment in at least two of the quarters in your base period; have been paid at least $1,326 in wages in one of those quarters and the total wages paid you in your base period must equal one and a quarter times your highest quarter wages.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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