Q) I have been living in the State of Wisconsin for a little over a year, but I worked for a company based in Charleston, SC online from home. The contract I was working and being paid from will end on September 28th. Do I file for unemployment benefits in the state of Wisconsin or South Carolina?
A) Generally, you should file for unemployment benefits in the state where you worked, even if you live in a different state. However, because your situation involves working remotely for a company based in a different state, determining which state to file in can be more complicated.
In this case, you should first check with both Wisconsin and South Carolina’s unemployment offices to see if you’re eligible to file in either state.
Typically, if you were a W-2 employee, your employer would have paid unemployment taxes to the state where you worked, and that state would be responsible for administering your unemployment benefits. However, because you were working remotely for a company based in South Carolina, there may be some ambiguity around where you were actually “working.”
Both states may require you to provide more information about your work situation to determine which state has jurisdiction over your unemployment benefits. You may need to provide documentation such as your employment contract, pay stubs, and other evidence to prove your eligibility.
It’s important to note that each state has its own eligibility requirements and benefit calculations, so the amount of benefits you may receive could differ depending on which state you file in.
To get a clear understanding of your eligibility and which state you should file in, it’s recommended that you contact both states’ unemployment offices for guidance.