My son has reactive airway disease. I have missed work. Am I eligible for unemployment?
Q) My one year old son has reactive airway disease which causes him to vomit and be sick a lot, he recently had strep throat due to the time I have to miss because of him being sick I am at jeopardy of losing my job. I have been applying to multiple places to ensure I have something else lined up being I am a single mother and pay for all of his needs myself. I am worried that I will not be able to get a new job within the time I have left at my current job. Am I eligible for unemployment? Again I am trying my hardest to find something else but I haven’t received any calls for interviews, I wouldn’t even request unemployment if it wasn’t for needing to take care of my son. I have never been on unemployment so I am not sure how this works. My job has a point system of 10 points and with his sickness I used all of the fmla time and have 9 points. I am afraid I won’t be able to provide for my son.
A) In general, to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own and be able and available to work. If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits.
However, if you have missed work due to a qualifying medical condition, you may be eligible for disability benefits through your state or through the federal government. The specific eligibility requirements for disability benefits vary depending on the program, but in general, you must have a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death, and you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity.
It’s also possible that you may be eligible for other forms of financial assistance or support, such as paid sick leave or family and medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). To determine your eligibility for these programs, you should contact your employer’s human resources department or consult with an employment attorney or advocate.
Ultimately, the specific eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits and other forms of financial assistance vary by state and by program. To determine your eligibility for any of these programs, you should contact your state’s unemployment office or consult with an employment attorney or advocate.
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: That means you are out of a job due to reasons beyond your control, like a layoff. So, if you quit your job or are fired for gross misconduct, you’re not eligible.