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After 23 years of work my employer…intends to eliminate my position.

Q) After 23 years of work my employer has less work for me and intends to eliminate my position. In lieu of termination he offered to reduce my hours ( from 40 to 24 per week) without benefits. If I accept the reduced hours but I decided it is unsuitable for me after a few weeks (due to lower pay, no benefits, varying days off, etc) and I then quit can I collect unemployment benefits while I look for a full time job ? If yes, will the unemployment rate be based upon my full time salary or my part time salary ?

A) You can claim unemployment benefits because of your reduced hours. Most people who collect unemployment have lost their jobs. However, you may be eligible for benefits even if you are still working, if your hours or pay have been cut or you have been forced to take a part-time position and you can’t get additional work.

Your unemployment benefit will not be based on your full time salary. Your state determines the percentage of your wage that will be replaced. The weekly wage is divided and the weekly benefit is calculated based on the weekly wage.

You must meet your state’s minimum earnings or minimum hours worked requirements. These are the same whether you apply for regular or partial unemployment benefits.


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  1. I have not worked in nine years. I keep getting letters from Michigan Dept of Labor saying they are offering me more unemployment money, You can’t go to their office, it seems to be closed, you can’t talk to anyone on the phone, you just get a recording telling you to go online and appeal to get more benefits.
    I mailed in and emailed in and faxed in fraud reports, I get back a nice letter telling me how to file to get more benefits.
    Now I get a 1099 for $5,500.00 that I am supposed to pay tax on.
    So I sent another fraud report and today I get a letter from them saying I am approved for more benefits and how to appeal their decision and try to get een more benefits.
    I have received no money from them, I asked where they were sending the money, no reply. They have my address to send me info on getting more benefits, so where are they sending the money?
    China? Russia? This is pure insanity.

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