I am 54, never filed unemployment. Due to health, no longer able to work

Unemployment-QuestionQ) I am 54 years old and have never filed for unemployment. Due to health reasons I am no longer able to do my job. Can I start the application process for unemployment during my two week notice? I am currently on Short term disability also. Thank you Mary

A) Mary, I’m sorry to hear about your health situation and its impact on your job. In general, you can apply for unemployment benefits once you become unemployed and meet the eligibility criteria for your state’s unemployment program.

If you are still employed and giving a two-week notice, you may not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits until your notice period ends and your employment is officially terminated. However, you can check with your state’s unemployment agency or department of labor to confirm their specific policies regarding this matter.

Regarding your short-term disability, it’s also important to understand how this benefit may impact your eligibility for unemployment benefits. Depending on the state and the specific details of your case, receiving short-term disability benefits may affect your ability to receive unemployment benefits. Again, your state’s unemployment agency or department of labor can provide more information on this.

Overall, it’s recommended that you reach out to your state’s unemployment agency or department of labor to get a clear understanding of your options and eligibility for unemployment benefits. They can also provide guidance on how to apply for benefits and any other resources that may be available to you.

The general requirement for unemployment insurance benefits is:

Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim.
Be totally or partially unemployed.
Be unemployed through no fault of his/her own.
Be physically able to work.
Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to immediately accept work.
Be actively looking for work.
Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.

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