Do I Qualify for
Unemployment Benefits?

Most long term employees will qualify for unemployment benefits., meaning they have earned enough to establish a valid claim and weekly benefit amount. 

But with the lasting trend of business to employ part-time,  temporary workers and even independent contractors,  more and more  people may not be able to monetarily qualify for a weekly benefit,  even if their separation from their last job would make them  otherwise eligible to collect on the merits, or non-monetary issues of a claim.   

Simply put, the new trend of contingent employment may not pay enough wages, or last long enough, to satisfy earning requirement formulas of a  base period ..

Base periods are just the look back period of time wages are examined and used to  establish only that  you have a valid monetary claim for benefits .. not the right to collect benefits.

If it has slipped your attention, please note  the jargon.  

To qualify for unemployment and  is not the same as to be found otherwise eligible to receive unemployment benefits ..

I am referring to the two distinct and separate determinations issued by the  UI claims department.

Additionally, the amount you qualify to receive may be affected by other sources on in income aside from wages earned in part-time employment. 

For some reason,  many people don't know when to establish a claim for benefits, nor that there is such a thing as collecting partial unemployment benefits. even if the only work they can find is contingent  part-time work.

And one more tiny little problem .. there are instances when an employer may not report the wages paid to you in an effort to not pay those taxes that come along with having employees .. including UI taxes (paid by employers .. not employees)

More explanations about all sorts of monetary issues below.

Q&A's About How to Qualify for Unemployment

Q&A  About Being Otherwise Eligible to Collect Unemployment.

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