Colorado Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Colorado you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# len campanaro 2011-07-19 11:47
I was recently laid off from my job. I'm now being told that quiting my previous job to take the one I was laid off from may make me ineligible for unemployment benifits. The reason I quit the job was a decline in pay that made it impossible to pay my bills.
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# Yvette 2011-08-12 18:15
I worked for a company for almost 5 years and in March resigned to take a new position for a new company. Unfortunately, 4 months later I was laid off. I have filed for unemployment, but now I was informed that unemployment will only pay for the time that I worked for the new employer. Is this true? Is this how the insurance works in the state of Colorado?
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# Daisy 2012-03-15 17:36
My employer is planning to phase out medical transcription department to cut costs. They are in negotiations with a company I do not know the name of, timeline or details as of 3/15/2012. If I choose to not accept the other company's offer, would I be eligible for unemployment benefits? Would I be eligible for retraining financial assistance?
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# Cheryl 2012-09-23 23:45
I'm in Colorado and I have worked for a year as a salaried employee. The company is struggling and has to date laid off 10% of the office staff. Several full-time employees have now had their hours reduced. The signs are clear that my job is no longer needed. They may offer me the option of a layoff with two-week severance or a another job, with a completely different job title, responsibilitie s and lower pay, they may also reduce my hours. If I take the layoff, would I be eligible for unemployment benefits? Does the amount of pay reduction and/or hour reduction play into the decision. If so, how much does my pay or hours need to be reduced to qualify for unemployment? Does my new job description play a role? I don't like either option, but I'm just trying to see what my options are should they offer me a choice. Thanks for your help!
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# Ralph 2013-01-17 14:00
I have worked for this company since July 2012. They lay off DEC - Jan. I was told i should file a claim for unemployment which i did. Now they are saying that my previous employer has to agree to the unemployment. Which of course they won't since they don't have anything to do with the company that laid me off. Can anyone explain this?"
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