Q) I’m going on maternity leave and I was told that I can file for unemployment during that time. So my question is if that is so how do I go about doing that.
A) You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are unable to work due to pregnancy or childbirth. However, the eligibility requirements vary from state to state.
In general, to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must:
- Be able to work and available for work.
- Be actively looking for work.
- Have earned enough wages in the past year to qualify.
- Have been laid off or fired through no fault of your own.
If you are unable to work due to pregnancy or childbirth, you may still be eligible for unemployment benefits if you can meet the other eligibility requirements. You will need to provide documentation from your doctor that supports your claim.
To file for unemployment benefits, you will need to contact your state’s unemployment agency. You can find the contact information for your state’s unemployment agency on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor.
When you file for unemployment benefits, you will need to provide information about your employment history, your earnings, and the reason you are unemployed. You will also need to provide information about your pregnancy or childbirth.
The unemployment agency will then determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you are eligible, you will receive a weekly benefit payment. The amount of your benefit payment will depend on your earnings and the state you live in.
You can receive unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks in most states. However, the length of time you can receive benefits may be shorter if you have not worked for a long time or if you have a high income.
If you are unable to work due to pregnancy or childbirth, you should contact your state’s unemployment agency to find out if you are eligible for benefits.