I have to take a $2.00 p/h pay cut, can I draw unemployment?

unemployed_personQ) I have just been informed by my employer, starting Jan 1 2014…I have the option to take a $2.00 an hour pay cut or take a lay off….Will I be able to draw unemployment for the pay cut. They told me I can?

A) It depends on your state’s unemployment laws. In some states, you may be eligible for partial unemployment benefits if your hours are cut or your pay is reduced. In other states, you may not be eligible for any benefits unless you are laid off or fired.

To find out if you are eligible for unemployment benefits in your state, you should contact your state’s unemployment office. They will be able to tell you what the requirements are and how to file a claim.

Here are some tips for increasing your chances of being approved for unemployment benefits:

  • Be sure to document your reduced hours or pay. This could include copies of your pay stubs or letters from your employer.
  • Be prepared to explain why your hours were reduced or your pay was cut. This should be a clear and concise explanation that focuses on factors beyond your control.
  • Be patient and persistent. The unemployment process can be slow and frustrating, but it is important to be patient and persistent. If you are denied benefits, you should appeal the decision.

Depending on your income and your state requirements, If you accept the pay cut and continue working, you may or may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are generally reserved for individuals who have been laid off or fired from their jobs through no fault of their own. If you choose to take a layoff instead of the pay cut, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits depending on your state’s eligibility requirements. It is important to check with your state’s unemployment office for specific information on eligibility and benefits.

If you have become partially unemployed you can apply for unemployment benefits.

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.

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