Georgia Unemployment Eligibility
Updated : June 19th, 2019
There are some qualification requirements to qualify for unemployment insurance in Georgia.
Non Monetary Eligibility
- You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
- You must be able to work, be available for work, and be actively seeking work each week you claim benefits
- You must be totally separated from your job
- Fired without work-related misconduct
- Quit for a good work-related reason
To establish a claim monetarily you must have:
- “Insured” wages (those wages paid by employer who pay unemployment insurance tax) in at least two quarters of the base period (the first 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters completed at the time you file your claim)
- “Insured” wages totaling at least $1,134 in the two highest quarters of your base period
- Total base period wages of at least one and one-half times the amount of money you were paid in the highest quarter
Can I receive unemployment if I am fired?
If you were fired from your job, you will not be able to collect benefits if your former employer can show that you were fired for failure to follow orders, rules, or instructions or for misconduct on the job. The only way to know certainly whether you are entitled if you are fired is to file a claim. The department cannot make a predetermination of eligibility before a claim is filed.
Can I draw benefits if I quit my job?
If you quit, you may be qualified to draw benefits if you can show that you quit for good work-connected reason(s).
Few good work-connected reasons are:
- material change in working conditions,
- material change in working agreement,
- non payment for work, and similar reasons
You will not be able to obtain benefits if your reason for quitting was personal even though the personal reason was a good or compelling one. The only way to know certainly whether you are eligible if you quit is to file a claim. The department cannot make a predetermination of eligibility before a claim is filed.
Can I collect unemployment if I am laid off?
Usually, in Georgia you have to lose your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.
In about all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.
If you get laid-off from your job, you must directly apply for unemployment benefits.
Getting laid-off neither means that you were fired nor it means that you did something wrong. But actually it means that the company that you worked for did not have adequate work and could no longer afford to pay you for your job.
More question on eligibility answered in the Q & A Eligibility Section.
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