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Arkansas Unemployment Eligibility

Certain conditions must be met during each week for which benefits are payable.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • Unemployed through no fault of your own
  • Physically and mentally able to perform suitable work,
  • Available for suitable work,
  • Make a reasonable effort to find work,
  • Must register with DWS Employment Services
  • Free of participation or direct interest in a labor dispute
  • Must quit or get fired for “just cause” related to work

In addition to the above requirements, a waiting period of one (1) week must be served before benefits are payable to you. A week to be used as a valid waiting period must be a valid week of unemployment. A valid week of unemployment must be a week you have claimed subsequent to filing your Initial Claim, in which you did not have any earnings or had earnings of less than 140% of your Weekly Benefit Amount, met all Eligibility Requirements, and week for which you are not disqualified.

Monetary Eligibility

To qualify you must have covered wages (wages on which your employer has paid UI tax) in at least 2 quarters of your base period; and your total Base Period wages must equal not less than 35 times the Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA).

If your old claim expires, and you want to file for a new claim, in addition to the above requirements, you must also have Requalifying Work; covered work equal to 8 times your new Weekly Benefit Amount earned since the date you initially filed the old claim.

Eligibility Questions

Can I collect unemployment if I am fired in Arkansas?

Regardless of how you left your job, you can always file for unemployment benefits. Whether you’ll get those benefits is different thing. If the unemployment board grants unemployment, the employer has the right to appeal the decision and to show evidence why the unemployment benefits are not warranted.

Generally, fired employees can only get unemployment benefits if they can prove their termination was wrongful or against labor laws. In many cases, you’ll have to prove your case during a claims investigation or appeals process.

Can I draw unemployment if I am laid off?

Unemployment benefits are designed to help those who lost their jobs through reasons beyond their own control.

If you get laid off because the business can’t afford him, you are usually eligible for unemployment benefits. If you were laid off because you weren’t right for the job, then also you may be eligible to collect unemployment.

When you get laid-off, it is not your fault. Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you did something wrong. Once you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

What happens if I quit my job?

Before you quit your job, make sure you are taking the appropriate steps to qualify for your unemployment insurance benefits. More importantly, make sure you have a “good cause” reason to actually quit.

“Good cause” reasons may include: unsafe working conditions; or a work environment that is damaging to your health. You’ll need medical verification proving that your work is making you sick or making an existing condition worse.

You may also qualify for unemployment under the “good cause” exemption if there has been a change in your working conditions that is causing hardship or harm.

You may also qualify if your original employment contract has been broken by your employer.

Other “good cause” reasons may include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Quitting to protect yourself or your child from domestic violence.
  • Quitting a job within 30 days of your start date because it ended up being “unsuitable

Can I go to school while I draw my unemployment benefits?

Arkansas Law requires that a person be able and available for work while drawing unemployment, and be willing to accept suitable work if offered. However, exemptions from work search can occur if you are attending school full-time and are enrolled in a training course that is approved by the Department Director; or if you are attending school full-time in an approved Federal program such as the Trade Act. Check with your local office to determine if you qualify for any type of exemption.

If you do not qualify for work search exemption, you may still be eligible for benefits while attending school. There are several factors considered when determining if school attendance will affect a person’s eligibility for Unemployment Insurance Benefits. The most important factor is availability for work. In other words, your schooling must not interfere with making your minimum number of assigned job contacts or your ability to accept work.

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  1. I quit my job because I am satrting college classes on monday, 3 hours a day, 4 days a week. Where I was working wouldn’t work around my hours. I am looking for full time with someone who will work with my hours. Having trouble finding anyone. Can I get unemployment? My school hours are 12:30pm-3:30 so I can work mornings til 12 or evenings starting at 4. And all day friday, saturday and sunday.

  2. I have worked at my job just over 2 years now. We have a new GM that seems to be over looking only my availability because at the moment I am the only person able to close the store, until now. I have two autistic brothers that I care for. I no longer have anyone to sit with them during late night hours and finding a day sitter would be a lot more easier than a graveyard sitter. i need to be home with them but after several reminders and pleading her responses went from I’ll adjust it next week to I’ll write you up if you dont show up. It has been 3 months now and no change has been made. I dont want to quit but I feel she is leaving me no choice. Would my situation be considered good cause and grant me unemployment benefits until I find a day job

    • Hi, Cheryl – under unemployment law in Arkansas, you can be eligible for unemployment benefits if you quit for certain compelling personal reasons, including your own disability or illness. However, the law is less clear when it comes to caring for others who are disabled or ill. Your best option may be to contact someone in the Arkansas Division of Workforce Development. You can find contact info for your local office here: https://dws.arkansas.gov/workforce-services/contact/

  3. I was just terminated from a medical office for discussing wages. I just moved here 9 months ago from Oregon 1. I thought it was illegal and against federal law to fire someone for discussing wages 2. I don’t know if I am eligible for unemployment not living here a year. Can you help

    • Hi, Angie – your right to discuss salary on your own time is protected by a 2014 Presidential Executive Order, along with the National Labor Relations Act. And being eligible for unemployment benefits has more to do with what you’ve earned through previous employment than where you live. Your best bet is to connect with someone in Arkansas’ Department of Workforce Services. You should be able to reach them at 501-682-2121.

  4. I am an Office Manager in a medical practice. We have an employee that can be rude to our owner. She routinely rolls her eyes and has been told that is not appropriate. Recently, when asked if she was okay, she fired back at the owner shouting at her. Her request to use PTO hours to leave early had been denied because she was in the negative, due to medical illness & doctors appointments. Because she was angry over this, she felt it was okay to yell at the doctor in front of another staff member. If she is fired, can she draw unemployment?

    • Hi, Lisa – in general, unemployment insurance supports employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own – for example, in a layoff or as part of a reduction in force. That doesn’t sound like the situation here. To be extra cautious, it would be wise to run the situation by your legal counsel, including all documentation of the employee’s behavior, any coaching or counseling the employee has received around accountability and expectations and documentation of absences. Then you can be sure you’re moving forward in the best way.

  5. I have worked at a restaurant for a country club as a server/bartender For almost 3 months and my Fiancée has been the head chef for the same amount of time. He has never missed a day of work and was Working at least 12 hour days due to short staff. Almost a week ago he was fired for missing 4 hours of work in order to attend our sons 2nd birthday and when I went into work they had replaced me because the general manager said He assumed I wasn’t coming back because he fired my fiancée (I have proof of him saying he assumed I wasn’t coming back) and even after all of the discrimination and backlash towards me just because he got fired I begged and pleaded to still be able to work what I was scheduled to work and so on. He finally said that I could work but has been very rude with comments saying,”if you’re going to be even 1 minute don’t bother coming back at all”. I had every intention to still work he just assumed I wouldn’t come back and never even bothered to tell me until I got there and was told I couldn’t work and that the “bar manager”(she really just has keys to lock the doors at night and makes the schedule but doesn’t have an actual manager title) would “try their best” to fit me in there somewhere but that they’ve already hired 2 new people. I was wondering how long you have to be working for a company to get unemployment? I didn’t quit nor did I have any intentions to quit, it was all just assumptions because he fired my fiancée and I have proof of him saying that and they didn’t even try to contact me at all to tell me they took me off of the schedule because they figured I wouldn’t come back. I would’ve called them if that was the case. They finally gave me one shift that I’ll be working in a few days but there’s a lot of ruthlessness and just treating me like I’m worthless all because of my fiancée getting fired and him getting fired has nothing to do with me or my ability to do my job and it’s only been a day and a half and all of it was said through texts. I haven’t worked my shift that they said I could work yet because it’s in a few days but now they’re treating me horribly and its being portrayed as if they’re basically just going to use me when they need me. I was working 4-5 days a week and by the time I’m able to work that shift it’ll have been a week and a half since I’ve worked and it’s only 5 hours.

    • Hi, Madison – what state are you in? Each state has different eligibility criteria, which will help determine the answer to your question about how long you must have worked for your employer to be eligible for benefits.

  6. My employer is changing their entire work schedule. I will end up with different hours on a different shift for substantially less money. I’ve already decided to find employment elsewhere. I wonder what my chances are at a hardship case? (state of Arkansas)

  7. when a individuals contract ends can you draw unemployment, even if the new contractor offers you a new job?

    • Danny – you may want to check in with the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services to make sure, but in general you need to have lost employment through no fault of your own and actively be looking for another job in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. If work was offered to you and you turned it down, that can certainly lessen your chances of being approved.

  8. Starting in a few weeks, my kids will need to be dropped off to care later than my start time at work (I work remote, but my kids care center will be opening a half hour after my start time). My boss will not adjust my hours. If i quit due to the hardship this is causing, will it be considered good cause?

    • Dear Sam,
      Unfortunately, there is no way to answer your question with 100% certainty, however, you should:

      –Document in writing (email or text) your boss’s response to your request for 1/2 hour later start time
      –Document the change it Care Center hours

      Your first obligation is to care for your child, and officially unemployment offices (including my homestate, AR) acknowledge that caring for someone else–including a child–is good cause.

      Your chances of getting unemployment benefits are excellent. Sorry to hear your boss is so inflexible.

      Best,

      Jean

  9. I am a customer service rep for a bank. I started in August 2021 and was in training for 7 weeks. I was in one department for roughly 3 months before moving to a different department. I’ve with in this 2nd department 2 months. Customer service is important, right? Well, there telling me that if I can’t get my call time down, there gonna late go. Would I be able to get unemployment? In ar, btw.

    • Dear Nichole,
      In AR, you must have worked to have coverage for 2 quarters of your base period. Since you’ve been employed there nearly 7 months (including training) you should qualify if they fire you. I quote from another page on our site: <>

      I would document everything they write in emails, and write it down after you meet with a supervisor. The more evidence you have the better off you are.

      Best,

      Jean

  10. I have been at my job for 7 years. I have took various promotions and I now work in the office. People keep quitting and they keep giving me more and more things to do with no raise and without replacing the people that quit the other jobs. I’m constantly stressed and I find it hard to keep up. Can I quit under hostile workplace conditions? If so how long would it take to receive unemployment? This job is starting to affect my health and mental well being

    • Ryan,

      This is a tricky situation. Hostility is a valid reason for your to quit and claim UI benefits. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office and speak to a rep. before making a decision.

  11. I’ve withstood a very stressful and what feels like a hostile work environment. 12 weeks ago the sales manager of the sign shop I worked at quit and took another job. The owner and sales manager brought me in and offer I take their jobs over and will get to earn commission; I have just been the receptionist for the last year and 4 months. I trusted them and agreed to try it out. The training before the manager left was scarce due to their child being sick, but we stayed in touch after so I could finish their sales projects (about 25 projects, some of which with price tags over $30,000!). The stress of these projects is immeasurable and the support since the manager left is ridiculous. The owner let that manager run the business and knows nothing of how to help me in my role. When Ive gone into her office crying or trying to express how I need help or how I feel, she stiffens up and has said things like “You just need to be in control, don’t you” or “I’m not sure what the problem is or what you want me to do.” Furthermore, I can’t go back to my old role in the store because they’ve hired a new receptionist! Today, she yelled at me in front of the new receptionist and called me “combative”… I have started therapy and am looking at other health insurance options bc the business doesn’t carry EAP and I feel completely in distress. I have at least 3 panic attacks a week now while at work and have to walk around. It’s just too much. I want to quit and I think that’s what the owner wants too, but will don’t feel prepared or in the right state to interview for another job immediately. Can I draw unemployment?

  12. i have been off for 5 months on a medical leave of absence.my dr has determined i cant hsve a sirgery i need at t this time due to a different medical condition diagnosed while on leave.my dr has determined i can return to work with restrictions caused by the original diagnosisbut my employer says i cant come back with any restrictions..will i be able to collect unempkoyment in arkansas?

    • Mary,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as medical conditions are not considered. UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

  13. My employer is requiring that all employees take the covid vaccine as a requirement for remaining employed. I, and others, refuse to take the vaccine so we are being put on permanent leave of absence rather than being fired. Can we collect unemployment benefits while on forced leave of absence?

    • Carey,

      I don’t think you can. Please check for local regulations on the official website of the Unemployment Office in your state.

  14. I’m employed full time and started working at a employment Agency for the place I’m working now. I’ve worked a little over 6 months now. I have been put on restrictions by my dr, can they fire me for any reason? My ankles hurt. I’m still on restrictions. Can I quit working there and file for unemployment because the job is hard on my ankles snd feet?

      • The sonic i work in has standing water..water drips from ceiling it gets so hot ur dripping sweat all day while trying be clean at preparing food..I started having panic attacks stressing over other people not showing up and non stop complaints from customers the bosses above me seem to not care always getting called in on days off got moved up to manager been there over 2 years and with move up to manager got only dollar raise..I ask for days off to take my kids to appointments and still get scheduled to work

        • Misty,

          You can be eligible to claim due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to keep supporting docs handy in case of a dispute.

  15. My teaching job is requiring me to wear a mask daily. I have anxiety and cannot wear the mask because of my mental condition. If they fire me for not wearing the mask will I be able to get unemployment?

  16. I am considering quitting my job due to mental health, i’m a veteran with ptsd and because of my work schedule I am not able to attend counseling as needed and because of the meds I take don’t allow me to operate heavy machinery, I am not able to take my meds on days that I have to work and i’m not able to take my sleep meds if I have an appointment and work on the same day because I usually sleep over into my work hours ( I work 12 hours shifts). Would I be able to get Unemployment?

    • Nel,

      UI benefits are generally offered to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please check further with the Unemployment Office.

  17. I was sent home from work in October for 14 days due to possible Covid exposure in Arkansas. I received unemployment because my hours were cut by my employer. Later Arkansas opened an investigation because the reason they had was that I quit due to medical reasons, even though I was allowed to return to work after 14 days. Now mother-in-law broke her hip and with admittance to hospital received a positive Covid test, thus my employer has sent me home for 10 days saying it is an unpaid leave. My question is how in the heck can I apply for unemployment when the only “leaves” to pick from are medical or FMLA? And those are NOT the reason work gave me….and the only other option is the local office….while I’m quarantined???? The state office is literally impossible to get through to…….???

  18. I have a full time and part time job trying to make ends meet. I was terminated due to Covid19 in my part time job. Can I receive unemployment assistance for the part time job loss?

  19. can you still receive unemployment if your claim has be exhausted and you had to leave your job due to school closing because of the cov-19 and you have noone else to keep your child I live in Arkansas

  20. I’m about to be part of a voluntary layoff for my employer do to covid-19 I’ve been considering going back to school to finish my GED and pursue my EMT license is I am a volunteer firefighter and first responder and would like to expand on that training to be more help to my community

    • My full time job has hired a person for my position and mentioned I would be moving to a non-existing sales position and going from part time to full time. I do have another job that I work part time as needed but I am afraid my full time employer in phasing me out. Would I possibly qualify?

  21. I was terminated from my job of 3 years in July 2016. I was denied unemployment benefits at that time but have since worked for 3 months in a job that is soon to end. Can I refile for benefits?

    • Kim,

      To be eligible, the claimant is required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  22. I am becoming a priest and part of that requirement is to attend a seminary out of state, specifically Texas. My spouse would come along with me but he will have to quit his job. Would he qualify for unemployment benefits while he attempts to find a job in Texas?

    • Brandon,

      Your spouse might be eligible for UI benefits on the basis of a ‘Trailing spouse’. Please contact the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  23. School teacher moving from one school district to another. There will be a one month gap in pay until I receive my 1st check in the new district. Can I receive unemployment for the month in transition.

  24. I have an 11 month old and found out I was pregnant againwhen she was 7 months old. I have been with my company for nearly 8 years, never using excessive PTO. My child had been very sick the last 3 months with flu, rsv (typical winter bugs) so I have had to take unscheduled, but approved PTO as daycare will not take her with fever. I have dr notes for documentation of days out. A month ago I went to an OBGYN appointment to find out I had miscarried in my second trimester and was scheduled for a d&c the next day. I took a total of 3 days (approved bereavement) for the day of the loss, the surgery and a day of recovery. Two weeks later my boss called me into her office to tell me I had used my allotted amount of PTO for the quarter and that I would need to resign or be terminated. I put in my 2 week notice the following day to ensure I got 2 full weeks pay and be eligible for rehire. Would I be eligible for Unemployment benefits with a forced resignation?

    • Susie,

      I hope the situation gets back to normal soon. We can only imagine your ordeal. With regard to your query, I suggest you call the Unemployment Office and take their opinion in this regard.

  25. I’m hoping you can help me out. The situation I find myself in is not were I ever thought I would be. My husband and I both were working for a company based out of Florida. We were sent to Arkansas around the 1st of November to run a jobsite for them. We used a company truck with GPS and they kept track of our time through a ADP app on our phone. If you know anything about the ADP app you most be within 1 mile of jobsite to be able to clock in. On 2/ 26/19. We were notified we were both fired. They claimed that our ADP and our GPS did not match up. I pleaded with that there had to be some mistake. Our Apartment were we were staying was over 10 miles away. We literally had no phone service there. Couldn’t clock in or out if we wanted to. I pleaded for them to have someone look at the GPS to make sure it was working properly. They couldn’t have cared less. They ended up leaving us stranded in Arkansas. Come to find out the day we were fired an investigator showed up at our jobsite. They did not have a license or permit to be working in Little Rock. They had just received one that day. So for months they did not have it. I believe this is the real reason we were fired. They did not want us talking to the investigator. I look for them to give us a problem when we file for unemployment. How can we prove this or is there nothing to be done. Thanks.

    • Lori,

      I can understand how much of an ordeal this must have been! Firstly, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who’re on permanent rolls of the company. Contractors do not generally qualify. If your employer paid Unemployment taxes into the system, you might qualify. Please call the Unemployment Office for a detailed discussion.

  26. I have recently been fired due to a procedure that I did and was not aware of it being against company gaming rules. Would I be able to draw UI?

    • Deborah,

      You might not qualify since UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons.

  27. I have been at my current job for 14 almost 15 months. it is a contractor position and everyone will be laid off 4/1/19. I am also a full time college student. Would i be able to quit this job and file unemployment since i am a full time college student?

    • Jamie,

      You might not be eligible for two reasons – contract employment and full-time schooling which affects your prospect of seeking full-time employment. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  28. I was let go from my job. My employer told me that due to the minimum wage increase that my position was no longer needed. Does this count as a lay-off or a discharge?

  29. I quit my job after being hurt (Tip of my finger smashed off). I could not bare going back. I went to my doctor and he gave my 3 weeks due to Anxiety because of the accident, I never went back. Do I qualify for unemployment?

  30. My husband quit his job due to abusive treatment to the point it it made his PTSD condition bad to the point he had to go in-patient and unsafe working environment in this Saw Mill industry can he draw unemployment

    • Sarah,

      Yes, your husband can claim UI benefits for quitting due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  31. If I’m fired for being a whistle blower about workplace bullying and hostile work environment, can I draw unemployment?

    • You can surely claim under such circumstances. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  32. My son recently got laid off but he received a lump sum severance package. Would he be eligible for UI? I’ve read that he would be eligible after the severance pay runs out, but how do you figure that when he used it to pay off some of his bills. Just trying to figure out if it would still be beneficial for him to even apply for UI.

    • Tracy,

      Please ask your son to wait until the severance payout ends. He can apply towards the end of it.

  33. I just lost my job today due because she claimed that I tried to convince a staff from leaving the company, and for gossip and a lot other stuff. She basically went off things staff told her and compounded a case against me. Would I be eligible

    • Vanesse,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who’re out of job due to involuntary reasons.

  34. I am 26 week pregnant and where I work is hot. I have to leave almost every day because I get to hot. I don’t think I can keep working there. If I quit because of the heat makes me sick and I am afraid that it will hurt my baby. Can I draw unemployment benefits.

    • Elizabeth,

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  35. I was terminated from my position for “job abandonment”. But the issue was I was arrested and detained for 3 weeks over a charge that was dropped as soon as I got to see a judge. My employer was aware of the predicament via conversations with my family members. However, when I was released my employer told me because they couldn’t hold my position due to my own legal matters, I was considered a no call/no show and therefor terminated and unable to be rehired. They’ve told me repeatedly there’s nothing they could do because HR had their hands tied. I have been released now for over 2 weeks which makes a total of 5 weeks unemployed.

    • David,

      This is a sensitive issue. Please call the Unemployment Office to discuss further and take their opinion before applying for benefits.

  36. I found out I was pregnant in Jan. 2018. I told my employers in March 2018. Since then they have consistently been giving me problems. They harass my fiance and fiances boss if I do not answer the phone when they call. They call me numerous times often to come to work and if I do not come in if they want me to they lash out. It seems like they have been trying to come up with ways to either fire me or get me to quit. A few weeks ago one boss told me my schedule changed so I did not show up for the shift the next morning I had a call and a message from my other boss asking why I was a no call no show. Thankfully I still had all the text or I would of lost my job. Ever since I found out I was pregnant they nit pick all the time. They just recently told me that if I can not come in when they call me on my scheduled days off they are going to find someone else. I have had to go to the hospital due to all the stress they put on me and causing high blood pressure. I never had these issues until I found out I was pregnant. They have told people they are going to fire me. They refuse to give me more than 2 days a week of work. I have told them numerous times I need more than that and they will not. They say they only give me 2 days so I can come in if they need me. I was not hired for an as needed position. I have been looking for another job for a while now but I have had no luck. I have worked here 9 months. I do not want to quit, but they keep finding reasons to either try and fire me or make it look like I just did not show up. Would I qualify for any of these reasons? Just until I can find another job.

    • Ashley,

      Hope things get better for you soon. Please keep supporting documents/facts handy if your employer decides to dispute. Also, speak the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  37. My wife is getting transferred to a different city. I have asked my employer to transfer me to that city but they cannot. if i quit due to my wife’s transfer do i qualify for unemployment benefits

    • Shawn,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  38. I have just had another child. I plan on quitting my current job to help with the first few months of childcare. Can I get unemployment for the months that I am not working?

    • Sarah,

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  39. As of 01/02/2018 my government contract switched hands… and the pay cut was pretty substantial at almost half what we were making with the previous company…. the title of our position was pretty much demoted… After working for over a month with the new company, along with several others, we are very unhappy and there looks to be no change…. Is there any chance under these circumstances that we would qualify for unemployment?

    • Rebecca,

      I can understand your situation. However, UI benefits are only extended to those who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office.

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    • Brandon,

      I am not sure if you qualify for a reduction in per diem as long as you’re receiving the weekly/monthly compensation. Please call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  40. My husband is a delivery driver and has developed major back pain associated with sitting for hours. We are seeing specialists and he has been out of work for a week already. He will not be able to go back to his job because the pain is unbearable. Will he be eligible for unemployment benefits? He has been at his job for 2 years and was at his previous job for 10.

    • Amanda,

      Your husband may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.Please call the Unemployment Office.

  41. I am a employer ,i pay cash and give to my employees 1099 form , i pay my business taxes the end of the year, can they take unemployment if the job is slow an they quit?and look for another job

    • Cynthia,

      They can be eligible to claim partial or full benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  42. I have been on disability since 2010. My case has recently been terminated. I am unemployed. Can I collect unemployment benefits until I find a job?

    • Steve,

      To be eligible to receive UI benefits, the claimant is required to have employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  43. I was let go on my job because I had to have a full hip replacement. They called me and said that they could no longer hold my position . This was in April 29th 2017. My last day with them was Nov 26th 2916. I have been on shorticulture term disability up till June 6th. I am now going to long termine Timmy July 21st. If I am fully recovered I can ask for my job back. My question is if they do not hire me back can I collect unemployment till I find a new job ?

    • To be eligible to draw UI benefits, the claimant is required to have the required employment and sufficient earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters.

  44. I had gone through the proper channels, my Director and HR which only made matters worse for me. After being forced to go higher with my concerns, “THEY” made an official complaint of harassment and retaliation against my Director on my behalf. I was not the only person receiving this treatment in the facility. It was and still is very common knowledge throughout the facility. They performed an 8 hour investigation, not talking to anyone other than My manager and director before they closed the complaint with “no findings to support “my” claims.” I was transferred to another department, in a another location of the facility, but the harassment continued from the first day of the transfer. I submitted my resignation citing that “I was no longer able to work in such a hostile environment and that the change of location had done nothing to reduce those levels of hostility.” I left in what I thought was good standings (trying to avoid their history of “black-listing” those who quit or get fired)with a 6 week notice and even trained my replacement. I even continue to answer phone calls to help them figure out how to handle situations. I have applied for so many positions that I am perfectly qualified for over the last 2 months, and gotten not one single offer (not even a single reference check). This company has a huge reputation for “black-listing” people who leave, but are extremely careful in covering their tracks. This is a small town and all HR departments are friends. I have tried to not make it known why I left, siting that the job that was once done by 3 people, I could no longer keep up with and have any time at night to study. Which is also true. If I go to apply for unemployment benefits, will the reason I resigned be made public for possible future employers to see or become aware of?

    • Kay,

      You don’t have to be too concerned about UI benefits. Please apply and make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute by your employer. I don’t think there is any purpose in “releasing” the information. You can call the Unemployment Office in your state for further consultation.

  45. I was terminated on June 3, 2017 because the employers “want to try new stuff” to help their business and didn’t need as many employees. I worked there for 17 months. When should I file and am I even eligible to receive unemployment benefits?

    • You should be eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance benefits as long as it was an involuntary separation.

      Please consider applying until you find another job.

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