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    State: Massachusetts (MA)
    Phone Number: 617-626-6560; TDD/TYY number : 800-439-2370; Unemployment check status 617-626-6563 ; Unemployment claim wages : 617-626-5039;
    File Online: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/claimants/
    Major Towns: Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, Lowell, Brockton, Quincy, New Bedford, Fall River, and Lynn

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Unemployment Questions



    Will I be eligible for UI benefits if I am fired?
    You may be eligible if you were fired for poor performance. However, if your employer is able to show that you were fired for deliberate misconduct or violation of a company rule, you may be disqualified.

    Can I collect Unemployment Insurance if I have received severance pay?
    In most cases you cannot collect severance pay and UI benefits for the same weeks. If you are disqualified from receiving UI benefits because of severance pay, your benefit year will be extended for the number of weeks for which you received severance pay. If your employer required you to sign a “Release of Claims” in order for you to receive your severance pay, you may be able to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits for the same weeks you receive severance pay.

    My work hours have been reduced. Am I eligible to claim unemployment benefits?
    If your schedule of working hours is reduced, you are typically eligible. You can receive a full benefit for weeks when there is no work or a partial benefit for weeks when there is less than the normal full-time schedule. Generally, you must experience a reduction of at least 1/3 of your hours/earnings in order to receive even a minimal benefit but a reduction of that much or more will usually qualify for receipt of some benefit. The greater the reduction the higher the payable benefit. Your actual eligibility cannot be determined until you file a claim.

    How does part-time work affect my unemployment benefits in MA?
    Individuals who are receiving unemployment benefits often work at part-time jobs while receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits. In some cases individuals file claims when they are separated from their primary or full-time jobs but continue to work at a part-time job. In other cases individuals are able to obtain a part-time job after filing their claims. The law provides a mechanism for individuals to receive benefits while working in part-time employment. Once the amount of your weekly unemployment benefit is established, a formula is used to determine how much is payable to you for any week in which you work part-time. You can earn up to one third of your unemployment benefit amount and still receive your full benefit. Any earnings in excess of the one-third limit result in a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your benefit for the week.

    Am I eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits if I have worked for for non-profit organization?
    Most workers are covered under law by the Unemployment Insurance program. However, workers in the following categories generally are not eligible to collect benefits: employees of churches and certain religious organizations; worker trainees in a program administered by a nonprofit or public institution; real estate brokers or insurance agents who work on a commission basis only; consultants working independently; elected officials and certain government officials in policy-making and advisory positions; and members of a legislative body or the judiciary.

    I worked in another state. How do I file for Unemployment Insurance benefits?
    If you worked solely in another State you will need to file your claim against that State. Some states allow you to file your claim by phone or Internet, while others require you to visit an office in person.

    I was laid off twice in a year. Can I file twice?
    Once your claim is filed, it remains the same for one year. Your claim can be opened and closed during that year depending on your employment and availability status. It is available until you exhaust all your benefits or until your benefit year has expired, whichever comes first.



Questions & Answers

  1. Ted OConnell says:

    I physically worked in Ma but was payed by a company based out of cleveland. Other than this position I have not had a job in MA. Is there a way to portray this on the application and recieve MA bennifits?

    • kathy says:

      If the company reported your wages to MA you would file with them. Call either state’s unemployment office – they can tell you which state the wages have been reported to.

  2. Donnie Long says:

    I live in Florida and worked out my home for A company in MA for 6 months, do I file for UI in FL or MA….UI was paid by the company in MA

  3. Susan says:

    I think I need to be more clear in my question. If I am demoted with substantial pay decrease to a position that goes from managerial to non-managerial position with a needed skill set I no loger have, can I turn down that position and apply for unemployment benefits.

  4. Susan says:

    Am I eligible for unemployment if I am demoted from present job and offered another job at lower pay and different jobs requirements that I do not want?

    • Baggie says:

      If there is a significant decrease in the number of working hours, you can go ahead and apply for partial benefits.

  5. Maureen says:

    If I am fired am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Baggie says:

      Depends on why you were fired. If it was for “willful misconduct”, “misconduct” or “aggravated misconduct”, you are mostly ineligible. But, if you can prove that there is no fault of yours and have proof to back it, then you can appeal.

  6. Stephen gleasom says:

    I’ve been collecting unployment a little over a month however why is the questionnaire so confusing to the point I haven’t received a check in 2 weeks. The system is so screwed up. The state has also delayed for 3 weeks my ex wife hasn’t received any child support. I don’t have a nber to call when I call the claims dept. the system needs to be fixed!! This state has to stay on top of this because its half the reason why my stress level is thru the roof. The claims dept tells me there’s a break in the week in which I have claimed. Where’s the number the automated system should give you!! I need help and a check before I get kicked out my apt thanks!

  7. Derek says:

    Last year my job was outsourced(warehouse worker) and I was put into a job that I am not qualified to do and that I am uncomfortable doing(mechanic and gas room operator). I have tried over the last year to learn it and stick it out but I still feel uncomfortable doing. If I was to leave my job, would I be able to collect. I did read something about that maybe being a reason. Could someone help me find out.

  8. nehemie m dorce says:

    i don’t receive my unemployment benefit for three weeks.

  9. Michael Pettway says:

    Two checks were issued for unemployment on July 1st and July 7th 2013. I have yet to receive both checks. I am unable to get through to a live representative, what are my options?

  10. Katie Kornitsky says:

    I would like to be able to access my account on line, but when I try to log in it says that the information doesn’t match what you have on file. I need to know who to contact to correct that information. I would also like to be able to provide whatever additional information is needed to review my case as it has been almost 10 weeks since I originally filed.
    Thanks in advance -
    Katie Kornitsky

  11. Dana Smith says:

    Hello,

    My name is Dana Smith, I have been separated from active duty military in Georgia June 30, 2013 and I would like to know if I qualify to file an unemployment claim in the state of Massachusetts, due to my previous employment in the Army. Please contact me at dana.smith8@hotmail.com or call me at 404-642-3541.

    Thank you,

    Dana Smith

  12. Linda says:

    I live in mass, I had to leave my job to take care of my mother, have been waiting 9 weeks to hear on my approval of benefits, how long do you have to wait to receive an approval or denial of benefits

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Linda,

      You might want to check with the unemployment office as it should not take more than a week or two to receive a determination letter.

  13. David Dallaire says:

    I’m 61 years old. After working at a Temple for more than 10 years, they fired me for what they claim was a violation of their policy concerning nepotism. My attorney thinks that it is more likely because of my age. Am I able to collect unemployment benefits?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi David,

      If you can prove that you were fired for no fault of your own, then there is a possibility to receive benefits. Please not that you should be able and available to work. Please check for other eligibility requirements before proceeding to apply.

  14. Yves Valentine says:

    I have been unemployed since Dec 2011 I applied for unemployment a year later and got denied. I’ve exercised all my savings including my 401K to pay for rent and utilities the last 2 years and wanted to know if I can apply for unemployment again, and if so are there any chances I get approve this time.

    Kind Regards,

    Yves

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Yves,

      I doubt if you are eligible to receive benefits. You might want to check with the unemployment office for a formal verdict on your eligibility.

  15. Bruce Reed says:

    I started work in Mass April 3rd and got laid off April 23rd. I have just exhausted my unemployment claim in Minnesota and am wondering if I can open a claim in Mass?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Bruce,

      You can check by applying in Mass. There is a possibility where you may not receive benefits as you have not worked sufficiently before getting laid off.

  16. Scotty O'Brien says:

    My adult daughter is pregnant and due to deliver in October,2013. Her workplace allows 8 weeks leave, without losing her job, but she will not be paid. Since she cannot receive any pay for her time off will she be able to collect Massachusetts unemployment benefits during this time?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Scotty,

      Your daughter might not be allowed to receive unemployment benefits as it is necessary to be able and available to work while receiving unemployment benefits. She can check if she qualifies to receive temporary disability benefits. All the best.

  17. mark says:

    I have a question. I have been on unemployment since last april and I started school in Jan. It goes until Dec of next year. I filled out the paper work for section 30 and was approved. My last claim ended on April 6th, and I was told to call and file a new claim. I have been working parttime but not going over the allowed money to make to lower my unemployment benefits, so why am I now being penalized when opening the new claim they are only taking my parttime earnings to give me unemployment which makes it go down to 121.00 a week! I never went over my allowed earnings on my part time job and I have section 30 which is suppose to kick in!! I will not be able to stay in school and be retrained. I just don’t understand this. Help please

  18. Michael W. Fulton says:

    My hours at work were just reduced from 40hrs. aweek to 26hrs.aweek . Will i be able to collect a partial benifit or does it also depend on the hourly pay you are still getting , thanks .

  19. Julie Silva says:

    Can I receive unemployment benefits while receiving a 6 month monthly severance package from my company?

  20. MARVIN CHILDS says:

    i am about to be discharged honorably from the us army 30 may 2013, what do i need to bring to start my claim.

  21. Alicia Meja says:

    I am retiring in October in the state of Massachusetts, do I qualify for unemployment? I have heard yes and no, I want a concrete answer.

    Thank you for your support.

    Alicia.

  22. Michael Toupouzis says:

    I have not received a total unemployment benefits that I have received.
    I need it to do my taxes.
    Thank You

  23. James Leftwich says:

    I was laid of from my job as an overseas contractor. My home is in Lousinna. The company I worked for provided an W-2 from MA. I did not receive any income from my state of resident how do I apply fo un-employment ins. from MA.

  24. Linda Blanchette says:

    If you are collecting unemployment benefits from Massachusetts can you look for a job in another state?

  25. Habeshian says:

    I collected benefits in 2011 and need to know how much I collected

  26. Barbara says:

    Hi, I graduated from Bachelor of Science in Health in July 2012. But I have been looking for a full time or part time job and cant find any. I currently have a perdiem job which means I only work as needed, sometimes I get called and sometimes i go without hours. Do I QUALIFY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?

  27. Janet Carbone says:

    Hi
    I only work per diem and did not work last week or this coming week. I did claim the week I worked two days and now when I call the teleclaim center I can’t claim for last week. How do I expedite my claim again

  28. roland pardee says:

    I have been trying for 2 days to get thru to the unemployment office and cannot. I need a call back at 413 224 1831. Why cannot I get thru? And why can I not file me claim over the phone any longer?

  29. david a chiasson says:

    i would like to get a copy of my empolyment for the last 7 yrs for an application i am filling out for a federal job.

  30. Maria Shea says:

    my hours have been cut, how do I apply for unemployment to subsidise the lost hours

    • neha says:

      You can normally receive unemployment if your hours or earnings are cut back by at least 1/3rd. You will obtain only partial benefit. The higher the cutback the greater your benefit. You must file a claim to see if you are qualified for the sum of your unemployment benefit.

  31. Sabrena Tabron says:

    I have relocated to GA in hopes of starting a job. The job fell through. How do I file for unemployment now that I am in GA/

  32. Richard Carman says:

    I was recently laid off from Fidelity Investments. Live in Mass and but work in NH. Job was transferred. Was annoucned that I am being released from work on June 30. I will obtain some serverance but need to know the rules on where to apply for unemployment insurance. Can you assist me? Thank you.

  33. Steve says:

    This is totaly useless and I am leaving mass because of the stupidity running things.

  34. Patrick Mertens says:

    I have hired a previously unemployed contractor who was receiving unemployment comp. this contract may end soon. After more than year can he go back on the previous employer’s unemployment comp?
    This is in Massachusetts .

    Thanks

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