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They reduced me to a 24-hour work week, will I qualify for unemployment benefits?

Q) I have been informed by my company that I will likely be laid off soon due to extreme budget cuts. Beginning February 8th, they reduced me to a 24-hour work week and took away my benefits. This is the first time since my early 20s that I have worked part-time (I am 52 years old). I have never filed for unemployment benefits before.

My concern is this: If they keep me on 24-hour work weeks for too long, will I no longer qualify for unemployment benefits? Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

A) If your hours have been reduced you can file for unemployment benefits to help fill the gap in your weekly pay. Please call your local unemployment office or apply online for benefits.

Eligibility for Partial Unemployment

State law determines eligibility for unemployment benefits, including partial unemployment benefits. Generally speaking, however, an employee will be eligible for benefits if all of the following are true:
You are underemployed, meaning that you are working part time through no fault of your own. For example, if your company cut the hours of everyone in your department in order to avoid layoffs, you would likely meet this eligibility requirement. You may also be eligible if you lost your full-time job and have only been able to find occasional or limited part-time work. Depending on your state’s rules, you may be eligible for partial benefits if you had two part-time jobs and lost one of them. However, regardless of how your state determines eligibility for partial benefits, you will not be eligible if you could be working more. For example, if you voluntarily chose to reduce your hours or work part time so you could take care of your children, you would not be eligible.
You meet your state’s minimum earnings or minimum hours worked requirements. These are the same whether you apply for regular or partial unemployment benefits. (For information on these requirements, see How Long Must I Be Employed Before Being Eligible for Unemployment?)
You are able and available to work more. In other words, if your hours are cut to ten per week, you won’t be eligible if you decide to go back to school full time and wouldn’t be able to work more hours. http://www.employmentlawfirms.com/Eligible-for-Partial-Unemployment.cfm

We need to see the Document from EDD that itemized the amounts of benefits

Q) We need to see the Document from EDD that itemized the amounts of benefits MS S****a received each month for my client. It also must show that the benefits have been exhausted. She can request a copy of this Document. What office should my client go to, in order to get this information. A) You can… Continue Reading

 I had two doc notes for being out. They fired me. Can I collect unemployment?

Q) I had two doc notes for being out. They stopped excepting doc notes for being excused from work and counted those days against me. They fired me. Can I collect unemployment? A) To qualify for unemployment benefits you must have lost your job because of no fault of your own. You must have also worked the… Continue Reading

My Bank being bought out. I am receiving a severance package. Will I still qualify for unemployment?

Q) I work at a bank they are being bought out. I am receiving a severance package. Will I still qualify for unemployment? A) Severance pay may impact your unemployment benefits depending on how it is paid and your state laws. For example, receiving severance pay does not impact your benefits in California. In Texas, severance will… Continue Reading

I am seriously considering moving to Midland TX, Is there a way to create an account and provide assistance

Q) I live in New Mexico but am seriously considering moving to Midland, TX. Having a job lined up before moving would be ideal. Is there a way to create an account that will provide assistance in the Midland/Odessa area? A) Please visit TX unemployment and career center website for information on job opportunities in Midland, TX.… Continue Reading

Is there a program that teaches how to dress in interviews, know how to answer interview questions?

Q) Is there a program that teaches people how to dress in interviews, know how to answer basic interview questions, etc. If not, my group would like to assist. We want to help get people past interviews and on the job. A) You should be able to get counseling on your dressing and interview skills at your… Continue Reading

My telephone number is wrong on the letter for interview. How can I correct it before my interview?

Q) My telephone number is wrong on the letter notifying me of my interview . How can I correct it before my interview so they can reach me ? A) Please call you local career center office and speak with a counselor and ask him/her to make the correction. (If you have an online account you can… Continue Reading

I was layed off by new madrid resource center its a non profitable organization do i qualify for unemployment

Q) I was layed off by new madrid resource center and its a non profitable organization do i qualify for unemployment A) If you have worked long enough and satisfied you state work hour requirements you do qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Be totally or partially unemployed. Be unemployed through no fault… Continue Reading

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