Q) I retired from the government and went back to work been working for 15 months now. I will laid off for 3 months and back to work after that. Can I collect unemployment for the few months I’m off?
A) The rules for collecting unemployment benefits vary by state and can depend on a number of factors, including the reason for the layoff, the length of employment, and the individual’s work history.
In general, individuals who have been working and paying unemployment insurance taxes may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they become unemployed through no fault of their own. This may include being laid off due to lack of work or a reduction in workforce.
However, if you retired from the government and went back to work, the rules for collecting unemployment benefits may be different. You should contact your state’s unemployment office to determine your eligibility for benefits and any specific rules that may apply in your case.
It’s worth noting that unemployment benefits are generally temporary, and are intended to provide a partial replacement of lost wages while an individual seeks new employment. They typically do not provide the same level of income as regular employment, and may have strict eligibility requirements and limits on the duration of benefits.
According to the Department of Labor, you need to meet two criteria to qualify for unemployment:
You are unemployed through no fault of your own. Which means you lost your job due to no fault of your own – such as being laid off. If you quit your job or if you got fired for gross misconduct, you’re not eligible for unemployment benefits.
You must also meet your state’s requirements for time worked or wages earned: Every state has different rules. Some states requires that you must have worked at least two years prior to meet your state’s minimum time and wage requirements. Please call your state local unemployment office visit their website for more details.