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I will laid off for 3 months. Can I collect unemployment for the few months I’m off?

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) 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.

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  1. I have not worked in nine years. I keep getting letters from Michigan Dept of Labor saying they are offering me more unemployment money, You can’t go to their office, it seems to be closed, you can’t talk to anyone on the phone, you just get a recording telling you to go online and appeal to get more benefits.
    I mailed in and emailed in and faxed in fraud reports, I get back a nice letter telling me how to file to get more benefits.
    Now I get a 1099 for $5,500.00 that I am supposed to pay tax on.
    So I sent another fraud report and today I get a letter from them saying I am approved for more benefits and how to appeal their decision and try to get een more benefits.
    I have received no money from them, I asked where they were sending the money, no reply. They have my address to send me info on getting more benefits, so where are they sending the money?
    China? Russia? This is pure insanity.

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