Q) I am currently employed but am out on leave and about to have surgery. I am not eligible for short term disability because I do not have insurance through my work. I am covered under my girlfriends insurance and they will not pay me short term either. Can I file for temporary unemployment?
A) Whether or not you can file for temporary unemployment benefits due to upcoming surgery depends on the specific circumstances and regulations in your jurisdiction.
In general, temporary unemployment benefits may be available to individuals who are temporarily unable to work due to a physical disability, medical condition, or pregnancy-related issues. However, to be eligible for temporary unemployment benefits, you will need to demonstrate that you are able and available for work, but that you are temporarily unable to perform your job duties due to a medical issue or disability.
To determine your eligibility for temporary unemployment benefits due to upcoming surgery, I would recommend that you contact your local unemployment office or review the eligibility criteria on their website. They can provide you with information on the specific regulations and requirements that apply in your jurisdiction, and help you understand what you need to do to apply for benefits.
Additionally, you may also want to check with your employer to see if they offer any short-term disability or medical leave benefits that could provide you with financial assistance while you are recovering from surgery.
You most likely will not qualify for unemployment as General requirement for unemployment insurance benefits is:
Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim.
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.