I should be having surgery, I have a job they don’t have medical leave. Can I get unemployment benefits?

Q) I should be having surgery in the months ahead. I have a job they don’t have medical leave. So I would be off work for 6 weeks no pay. Soon as I’m heeled. I will go rite back to work can I file? I’m a single mother I can’t be off that long with no pay. I’m a hair stylist. So I use my hands ever day. So my dr. Said it needs to be done! Can I get unemployment benefits?

A) In general, you will need to meet the following requirements in order to receive unemployment benefits for a medical condition:

  • You must be unable to work due to a medical condition that is certified by a doctor.
  • You must have earned enough wages in the past year to qualify for benefits.
  • You must be actively seeking work.

If you meet these requirements, you can file a claim for unemployment benefits with your state’s unemployment office. You will need to provide documentation from your doctor that you are unable to work due to your medical condition. You may also need to provide documentation of your earnings from the past year.

Once you have filed your claim, the unemployment office will review your case and determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you are approved for benefits, you will receive a weekly payment that will help you cover your expenses while you are unable to work.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about unemployment benefits for medical conditions:

  • The amount of benefits you receive will vary depending on your state’s unemployment laws and your individual earnings.
  • You may be required to meet certain requirements in order to receive benefits, such as actively seeking employment.
  • You may be required to pay back some or all of your benefits if you are later found to have been ineligible for them. You will not be able to claim unemployment benefits for medical leave. According to the Department Of Labor – Currently, there are no federal legal requirements for paid sick leave. For companies subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Act does require unpaid sick leave. FMLA provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain medical situations for either the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family. In many instances paid leave may be substituted for unpaid FMLA leave.

Employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, and have worked for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles. https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/workhours/sickleave

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