Q) I am 73 yrs old and collect social security…….I have been working part time for the past 10 or 15 years…I had knee surgery and can’t work for 3 months……
Can I still collect unemployment?????
A) Whether or not you are eligible for unemployment benefits while recovering from knee surgery depends on the specific circumstances and regulations in your jurisdiction.
In general, to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own, such as through a layoff, reduction in workforce, or termination without cause. If you voluntarily quit your job or are unable to work due to a medical condition, you may not be eligible for benefits, unless you can demonstrate that you had good cause to quit or are able and available for suitable work.
In addition, if you are already receiving Social Security benefits, the amount of unemployment benefits you may be eligible for could be reduced, depending on the regulations in your jurisdiction. Some states have rules that allow individuals who are collecting Social Security benefits to collect unemployment benefits, while others have rules that reduce or eliminate unemployment benefits based on the amount of Social Security benefits received.
To determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits while recovering from knee surgery, I would recommend that you contact your local unemployment office or review the eligibility criteria on their website. They can provide you with information on the specific regulations and requirements that apply in your jurisdiction, and help you understand what you need to do to apply for benefits. Additionally, you may want to check with your doctor or healthcare provider to ensure that it is safe for you to work while recovering from your knee surgery.
You may need to look at applying for disability insurance benefits.
General Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
- 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.