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Maryland Unemployment Eligibility

Maryland unemployment eligibility requirements are administered by its Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations (DLLR). When you apply, they check your information for accuracy and eligibility. Know more about eligibility requirements.

Non Monetary Eligibility

  • Lost job through no fault of your own
  • Be able, available and willing to work
  • Quit job for “good cause” such as unsafe working conditions, not receiving payment for your work, to care for a minor child or terminally ill spouse etc.
  • Fired not unjust cause

Monetary Eligibility

To determine a claimant’s monetary eligibility, the primary issue to be addressed is whether the claimant worked in covered employment (work that an individual performs for an employing unit that is the basis for benefits) during his base period. A base period is the 1st four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately prior to the start of the claimant’s benefit year.

A benefit year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the first week for which a claimant initially files for benefits.

To collect Maryland unemployment, you must have earned at least $900 during your total base period and $300 outside of the highest-earning quarter.

Eligibility questions

What happens if I am fired from my job?

Depending on the reason you were discharged, there are three levels of misconduct in the Maryland Unemployment Insurance Law.

Simple Misconduct

  • If you were suspended or discharged for simple misconduct related to the work.
  • Benefits are denied from 5 to 10 weeks from the week that includes your last day of work if your benefit year began before March 6, 2011.
  • If your benefit year begins on or after March 6, 2011, benefits will be denied from 10 to 15 weeks from the week that includes your last day of work.

Gross Misconduct

  • If you were suspended or discharged for gross misconduct related to work (serious or repeated violations of employment rules or expected standards of behavior could be considered gross misconduct).
  • Benefits are denied until you become re-employed and earn 20 times your Weekly Benefit Amount in insured work if your benefit year began before March 6, 2011.
  • If your benefit year begins on or after March 6, 2011, benefits are denied until you become re-employed and earn 25 times your Weekly benefit amount in insured work.

Aggravated Misconduct

  • If you were suspended or discharged for aggravated misconduct in connection with the work (malicious, deliberate acts meant to cause physical harm, property loss or damage could be considered aggravated misconduct).
  • Benefits are denied until you become re-employed and earn 30 times your Weekly Benefit Amount in insured work.

What happens if I am laid off from my job?

In order to collect unemployment in Maryland, you have to become unemployed through no fault of your own. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost 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 should right away apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn’t mean that you were fired or you quit voluntarily. It simply means that the company in which you worked did not have sufficient work for you and could no longer pay for the job.

What happens if I quit my job?

You have voluntarily quit your employment.

If you quit your job without “good cause” attributable to your employment, either of two disqualifications may apply denial of benefits

a)     from 5 to 10 weeks from the week that includes your last day of work, or

b)     until you become re-employed and earn 15 times your Weekly Benefit Amount in insured work

Good cause includes voluntarily leaving

  • to join a spouse
  • to attend school
  • to become self-employed

In addition, if your employer or supervisors were harassing you or creating a hostile work environment, you can claim emotional distress. It might also be just cause if the emotional distress came from fellow coworkers and was agreed by your employer, who didn’t take steps to end it.

However, if you can prove your case to the satisfaction of the DLLR, you can continue getting benefits.


Next Step –

If you are eligible, you can go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits.
Office locations and phone numbers of Unemployment office.
If you have more questions, visit our Q&A Section.
Also check weekly claims and work search requirements which are an absolute necessity if you want to obtain your benefit payment.


Want more on Maryland Unemployment? Read on.
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Calculate your benefit amount. This is based on your earnings in the base period.


Questions & Answers

  1. Peter Choi says:

    Hi, question about collecting unemployment benefit…

    I worked about 4 month for the company as admin.and was fired due to lack of improvement during company’s working trial probation period (6month). Am I still eligible to collect unemployment ? previously, I was working part time on and off.

    • Sam says:

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

  2. Tim says:

    A few months into my employment I started getting harassed by fellow employees; even the boss would call me a “little shit” in front of everyone. I guess they just didn’t like me. One day I came to work and found a cardboard sign on my locker that read “FAGGOT”, which I took pictures of. I put the sign in my locker but someone went into the locker and took the sign. I started threatening to see them in court, logging their comments, etc. (they were all friends). Three days later the boss came in and yelled at me for not completing mopping the floor (after another supervisor had told me to stop mopping). I told the boss, “Okay, but you don’t have to yell at me like that”. He called me a “little shit” and fired me on the spot in front of everyone. Do I have any recourse?

    • Sam says:

      Of course, you do. Please consider applying for Unemployment Insurance until you find another job.

      Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  3. Jill says:

    I had 2 part-time jobs and my own business. I was fired from 1 of my part-time jobs, which made up a good chunk of my income. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

  4. Mang says:

    I have been unemployed since NOV 2015. I was able to sustain from my savings but its been over a year and I have depleted those funds. I have not found employment bc we moved and bc of Trump’s executive order to stop federal hiring (I was so close to getting hired, finally). Do I qualify for benefits if it has been so long since I worked?

    • Sam says:

      Well, you will not qualify since the claimant is required to have active employment and earning in the last 4-5 calendar quarters which you don’t seem to have.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  5. Joshua Krushat says:

    I recently quit my job of 1 year to attend school. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

    • Sam says:

      If you quit attending full-time school, you will not qualify since it affects your ability to get engaged in active employment.

  6. Chris wilson says:

    I am not full social security age until 66. I have reason to believe I could be laid off next year as I turn 65. Can I file for unemployment benefits and wait until
    Age 66 to file for Social Security?

    • Martin says:

      Well, you can file for UI benefits until you find a job. With regard to drawing SS benefits, you can check with the designated authority since we have little information in this regard.

  7. Sam says:

    I have worked for my current employer for nine years. Last year the company was sold & I was left in the building to perform work for the new owner as a client, still being paid by the previous owner who created a new company. Several months later a new office was leased and we moved. The new office is an hour and 15-30 minutes away. The new position feels unstable & I have been told several times I make to much money, should consider a pay cut, and I should be grateful to even have a job. There are not enough employees to perform the tasks needed & some of help is family paid through another company & I am told I should be grateful the free help. The family help does not have the required experience so this has made my job more difficult. I often work 10 or more additional hours per week & do not get paid. Its demanded that I do what is required to get theI job done so it’s difficult to leave the job even for a day, for a Dr. appointment, & vacation is not something I can even consider. Nobody really holds a defined position in the office & since I have the most experience I have been told I am responsible for anything that goes wrong in the office. This has created a great amount of stress for me that is so bad it’s actually causing me health issues. If I were to quit this job would I be eligible for unemoyment?

    • Martin says:

      Well, such situations are subjective in nature.

      You may wanna check with the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm before making a move.

  8. Tony Waldrop says:

    I am a Fed. employee with over 38 years of service. If I retire will I be able to collect unemployment?

    • Martin says:

      Retirement is a natural process and hence may not qualify.

      If you’re looking for a job after retirement, please speak to the Unemployment Office in your state to ascertain eligibility.

  9. Mary Ann Mock says:

    I am off work due to a non work related injury. The MD state doc syats I canot return to my normal duties as a correctional officer. I am working with the state to see if they can provide another job for me to do until possible reinstatement (within 3 years). I did not resign from state service. I filed for unemployment. will I qualify??

  10. bobby d says:

    I am being laid off. Currently have been offered another job from the same company – but at a 15 cent paycut. Also, this would be a demotion position wise – from Intermediate level rep to ground floor customer service rep.

    Will I be eligible if I do not accept this employment ? If so , will I inquire a penalty ?

    • Martin says:

      You may be held accountable for not accepting this job.

      Please check with the Unemployment Office in your state as each state has its own rules regarding this.

  11. Ryan says:

    My company was just bought out by another and as a requirement they drug tested us all. Before the buy out I was forced to live with relatives who habitually smoke marijuana, I do not engage in the act with them but they do it around me constantly, it got into my system and I was fired for failing the drug test. Is there anything i can do? I’m sure I’ll be denied any benefits.

    • Martin says:

      You will not be eligible. Unemployment Benefits are only provided to those who become unemployed due to fault of their own.

    • Frank D says:

      I had to stop working my P/T job due to needing non work related surgery. This is my only work related income and I have come to depend on it. I will be out for about 6 month and may not be able to work my current position in the company at all due to the nature of the surgery. If they can offer me a sedentary position when I am able to work I can return to the same company. If not I would have to look elsewhere. I am currently being carried on a leave without pay status. Am I entitled to UI benefits under these circumstances?

      • Martin says:

        I am afraid, you will not qualify for UI since your surgery puts you off work for some time.

        You can explore the Workers Comp scheme if the ailment is related to the job.

  12. Anna DeMeo says:

    I think my case has everything to with hostile work environment and emotional distress. What are the next steps to take?

    • Martin says:

      We do not have any further information on the labor laws in your state pertaining to hostile work environment.

      Please call them for further information.

  13. Gerald Ivey says:

    Will I receive a penalty on benefits if I get a bonus when I am Laid off? What is the max you can get from unemployment?

  14. Kim Ryan says:

    Hi. I have been been working for a company part time for 7 months. I walked in the door last Wednesday and was fired. For no ligitamet reason. Am I eligible for unemployment? It was awful. Thank you for your help.

    • Martin says:

      You may not qualify with just 7 months of employment which is part time.

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information.

  15. Roy says:

    Can I receive UI if my employer cuts my pay or increases my hours or adds responsibilities not in my original job description and I quit as a result of these changes?

    • Martin says:

      You can only claim for reduction in the number of hours worked.

      Please call the customer service wing of the labor dept in your state for more information.

  16. Josh says:

    what if you get fired for being absent would that fall under simple misconduct.

    • Jeff says:

      Depends. Unemployment insurance is paid out to claimants who lose their jobs due to involuntary reasons such as lay offs.

      You may not be eligible.

  17. meli says:

    I’ve worked for the same company over two years. I was recently transfered to an other office and didn’t get along with the manager there, I was terminated with no warning due to the office’s low productivity. The office has 4 employees and I was the only one fired.

  18. troy says:

    Hi my name is troy I live in Maryland I’ve been working at my job for almost a year in a half and they fired me for my point system rule and didn’t even get close to my limit could I get unemployment

  19. Ashley says:

    I was hired on as a seasonal hire. I have been extended for over a year. It is not in the budget to extend me any further. Do I qualify for unemployment while I find another job?

  20. Nakia says:

    I work in the tax industry and get laid off after Tax Filing Day every year. Am I required to look for full-time employment even though I have a return to work date?

    • Adrian says:

      Looks like yours is seasonal employment and this kind is generally not eligible for UI benefits.

      Why don’t you look for a full time job that keeps you employed throughout the year?

  21. Chuck says:

    My company is down sizeing the office i work in. They are cutting down from 26 to 13. They say they will offer a position doing somwthing different. This possition is something i am not interested in. Will I still be able to get unemployment

    • Adrian says:

      If the new role offered is a total turn around and does not suit your skills and expertise,you may be eligible,provided you meet all other requirements.

      Please speak to your manager and try to work out a better deal before you consider quitting.

  22. Renee says:

    I feel my job has caused me emotional distress and have addressed issues with coworkers and supervisors creating a hostile working environment for me but my grievance firm was never addressed nor any other complaints of mine and I received a written notice of 30 day probation period yesterday from the employer. I have everything documented my complaints etc I have never been verbally reprimanded or addresses of any instigating amongst peers as they accuse me of. Any advice ? Please help!!!

  23. fredeick g. says:

    My supervisor wrote me up for not performing my duties correctly, at the same time he informed me that he was going to continue to write me up and that I was not going to last another month, so I quit. Prior to that he would give me lists of tasks to get accomplished daily which in effect did not allow me to perform my other my duties correctly. In affect he was micro managing me causing me to question what he wanted done every day. Would this be considered “good cause” to collect U.I.?

    • Adrian says:

      Well,you may look at applying for UI benefits.Chances are that when you file,your employer may contest the claim.If this happens,you must be in a position to justify the reason for quitting.

  24. H.G. Bulger says:

    I was just laid off. The company said they will bring me back in April. I am currently on social security. Can I still receive unemployment?

    • Adrian says:

      Social security benefits may be a hindrance when you file for UI. Some states entertain both,some dont. Please speak to a representative from the labor department in MD on 1 – 800 – 827 – 4839 before filing.

  25. mike h says:

    I was just let go from my job because they were downsizing, i currently go to CCBC and am enrolled in a workstudy. I recieve exactly 244.00 a month. Am i eligible for unemployment benefits while im currently searching for work?

  26. ana says:

    im 7 months pregnant can i apply for unemployment

  27. Richard Marks says:

    I am a Federal contractor that is affected by the furlough. I know federal workers are eligible but I am not sure if I am eligible. I cannot work due to my work site in in a government office that only has mission essential personnel working. I am an exempt employee and I was paid by my company on Tuesday, 1 Oct, but the remainder of this week I have to use vacation. Next week I will be eligible to continue to use leave or take Leave Without Pay.

  28. Daniel J. O'Connell says:

    I have been working for the Social Security Adminastration full tim,e for over 18 years and due to the furlough I am unemployed.Am I eligible for benifits and if so should I file a claim straight off?

  29. Chris says:

    I am a Federal Employee that just got furloughed. Can I file for unemployment?

  30. Christina J Duckworth says:

    I have been off of work for an injury that was work related. I received workers comp for 90 days. In the middle of that time period my company sent me a letter saying I was fired. I may be able to work but would have serious restrictions and limitations. However the main point is that I have no income, no job since they fired me and no idea if I qualify for unemployment.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Christina,

      If you are unable to work, then you are mostly ineligible. But, since this is a work related injury there is a possibility. Please apply for unemployment compensation at the earliest.

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