I am currently on medical restrictions and unable to do my job, Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

Q) I have been employed with my company for 2 yrs and 5 mths. I am currently on restrictions from my doctor and am unable to do my job with the restrictions. I called my employer to see if they could get FMLA papers for me to fill out. My employer stated I was not eligible for FMLA until July because I had filed a year ago in July. I asked if I’d still have my job and she told me I would have to reapply and they would see if they had a position for me. I had been in contact with my boss through texts and I was never told I was terminated. I was only informed of this when I called about FMLA papers. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits?

A) In order to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must meet certain requirements, such as:

  • You must have been employed in the state where you are filing for benefits.
  • You must have been laid off through no fault of your own.
  • You must be able to work and available for work.
  • You must be able to look for work.

In your case, it sounds like you were laid off due to your medical restrictions. This could be considered a legitimate reason for unemployment benefits. However, it is important to note that the unemployment office will also consider your employer’s reasons for terminating your employment.

If you are concerned about your eligibility for unemployment benefits, I recommend that you contact your state’s unemployment office. They will be able to provide you with more information about the specific requirements in your state and help you file a claim.

Here are some additional things to consider:

  • You may need to provide proof of your medical restrictions from your doctor.
  • You may need to provide proof that you are actively seeking work.
  • You may need to file a weekly claim with your state’s unemployment office.

If you are approved for unemployment benefits, you will receive a weekly payment. The amount of your payment will depend on your earnings and the state you live in.

An important qualifier for unemployment insurance benefits is you must be willing and available to work before you can receive benefits. In other words, the states wants to know that you are out looking for work while you are receiving benefits. Every state imposes these basic requirements. Physically ready and able to work. Actively seeking a new jobs. Willing to accept suitable offers that comes your way.

You may want to look at qualifying for short term disability.

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