Indiana Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Indiana you have to:

1. Be a resident of Indiana. If you are not a resident of Indiana, but worked in Indiana at your last job, you should still have Indiana unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Indiana.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Indiana. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment eligibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Tina 2011-01-25 23:31
I worked at a office for 3 1/2 years and then put two weeks notice in to take another position at another office giving me more hours (full-time position). After almost three months at new job , they laid me off for hours being slow. I filed for unemployment and i am recieving benefits now, but my employer i quit at is mad cause the unemployment falls on him. Can he deny my unemployment, so i dont get any more unemployment? I haven't recieved my unemployment card yet, but online they have paid me for two weeks so far. Previous employer says that he is mad. Which it isn't my fault that i took on a full-time position , then they laid me off cause lack of hours. Can you please answer this question , cause it worries me, and i am upset that my previous employer is so mad that his unemployent insurance went up because of me. Thanks!
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# Kathy 2011-05-16 00:08
I don't know it things have changed but my friend got laid off from her job and filed and her old job had the option to offer her employment. They offered her a job and therefore were not forced to pay the benefits.
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# Brett 2011-05-03 11:28
I am about to get laid off due to our business being closed, I have about a month left of work. I have a part time job. Will I still be eligible for un-employment with a part time job.
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# Carma 2011-05-18 09:26
I have worked for my current company for seven yrs. It is a retail jobs, the managers usually only last a couple months to a year. Needless to say I have worked for 8 store managers. The current manager has decided that I need to go. I was given an unfair review which I sumitted a letter back to corp. Since the review the manager has been asking why I haven't been written up for things that I have done since I started. He now watches every move I make waiting for a reason to fire me. Under these circumstances, would I be qualified for unemployment if I do get fired?
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# Jack 2011-05-25 17:38
Let go from job of ten years. Employer agreed to pay unemployment if I resign. Received unemployment. Filed for disability and received. Are you able to honestly receive both at the same time? If you are applying online for positions that do not require as much stress as previous job? Still looking for work. Thanks.
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# judy 2012-11-29 15:52
worked at a job for 13 years terianated for being on flma for over nine months but the job stressed on my feet signed up for disability but denied can i get unemployed
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# Amy 2011-10-01 00:01
I worked for my company for 3.5 years straight out of highschool. I received a few discilplinary actions resulting from being absent during a hospital admission and an illness. After 3.5 years I transferred to a new department. I worked there two months and was late one day because of a car accident. My new manager promptly terminated me based on the discipline from my previous supervisor who had promised me no termination would result from my absence during hospitalization and recovering from my illness. I applied for unemployment benefits but I'm very nervous it won't get approved because I will be in bad shape if it doesn't. I am young, but I support myself and am unable to find a new job that pays me the high hourly wage that my previous job paid. What do you think about the status of my unemployment?
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# Acra 2011-10-11 07:59
Hi, I am a full time employee but recently my hours have been cut down to 26 hours a week! Is there a way to file for partial unemployment??? thanks.
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# Bri 2011-10-29 22:08
I gave up my unemployments benefits to work at a job where they fired me after three weeks. Am I able to obtain my benefits back as I continue to find a job?
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# Ben 2011-12-05 10:45
I had been receiving unemployment benefits for almost 24 months ( I thnk everything available was nearly exhausted) when I started a job on contract and have worked at this job for over a year. My contract will end in the middle of January 2012, will I be eligable for any additional unemployment benefits since I worked for over 4 straight quarters?
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# Teddy 2011-12-24 21:52
I have been layed off from a UAW plant on 12-23-2011.

I was told I would be eligable for "holiday pay" from Christmas
to New Years (January 2, 2012) from my employer.
I also was told by the union "not" to apply for unemployment
during this "holiday pay" period.

Am I going to be violating any rules of Indiana Unemployment
Eligability if I don't file immediately after my last official day
of employment? I know I normally would not receive any
unemployment benefits during any compensation period
(such as a holiday pay period). But I still want to know if I
must file right away, or after the holiday period?

I don't want to lose eligability, by waiting too long, or missing
a deadline.

Any help would be appreciated!
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# Jim G. 2011-12-30 20:58
I was let go from my job of 2.5 years in Indiana for "just cause" - not honest for my on-call availability. First - It has been 3 months since being let go and have only found an on-call job that calls me once a week. Second - I was fired for being dishonest from a job that encourages/demands dishonesty. I emailed the boss to see if they would dispute my claim. Their response was not good, siting braking company policy. I have been reluctant to claim due to my thoughts of being degnied. I'm thinking you can only file every so often and don't wish to damage my future chances. Some states allow benefits after a certain period of time even if you were fired, but I can't seem to find info on that for Indiana. What do you think?
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# Rosie 2012-01-12 16:41
I am being forced to resign a salaried position. I am 61. I must sign a general release in order to receive severance pay. One of the board members said if I don't sign the release, I will be fired for just cause. This is a performance issue and no accusation of dishonesty.
If I sign this waiver, will I not be able to draw unemployment after the pay runs out? It might be that a job falls in my lap, but I'm concerned that, at my age, it may be a long time before I find another job, if ever.
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# Site Admin 2012-01-12 17:03

I am really sorry to hear about your situation.

Read the release before you sign it. If you have an attorney or can get one to review the termination agreement / release for you - you should.

You can ask them to lay-you-off, or eliminate your position so that you are not resigning, and therefore losing your job through no fault of your own. And, you can also ask them to include a statement in the agreement that you are signing stating that they will not challenge your application for unemployment.

They very well may be within their rights to fire you for just cause, but my suggestion is that you sit down with your immediate boss or supervisor and discuss this with them, and ask them to help you handle leaving the company in the way that works best for you - ie. so you can still get unemployment.

Best of luck to you,

Site Admin
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# Terry 2012-01-28 13:31
I am a truck driver and 4 months ago had a heart attack with complications. My doctors are now ready to release me to go back to work, however I know I am not fit to drive over the road because I get tired after only a few hours of driving, and this would make me dangerous. I am not disabled, but I am not fit to do what I was doing. I feel I've earned unemployment until I find a new occupation, but I don't know how to proceed?
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# Laurie 2012-02-01 18:29
I have been employed by a company for over 3 years and when the new General Manager took over he decided to fire me and wants to look at bringing his wife back to do my position as the office manager. I have never had a write up and I am being dismissed because he does not want me anymore. The company has given me working notice for 6 weeks or until I can find other work. I as even asked to use my PTO time to make up for any appointments that I might have. Is this allowed? Originally he told me that I was on notice because of my incompetent work and then changed it to say that he did know how to tell me so 10 days later he told me the truth. Please help me. Thank in advance for all of your help.
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# Cris 2012-02-24 11:54
I am a recent graduate of Purdue University (Dec. 2011) and am currently looking for work. I am a resident of Indiana. My last employment was with the University as a graduate teaching assistant which ended in May of 2010. Will I be eligible for unemployment and after how long?
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# John 2012-02-24 22:20
I have an unresolved issue regarding eligibility, even though the reason for my termination was a lie, is there a time limit that that department must meet in determining eligibility? I have been unresolved for 10 weeks now.
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# jmacc565 2012-04-02 09:52
We have the same question! It has been 10 weeks for unemployment and they just keep telling me to call back in 10 business days! there is no possible way that this is a reasonable time to wait to hear if your eligible or not.
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# Charles M. 2012-06-21 15:38
I have the same issue as you. I am week 11 going on week 12 I had to call the senators office just to get them to make a determination, I am waiting for Ms. Void to make up her mind.
Consequently my x-employer did not protest my claim.
Be mindful the state can determine you’re not eligible for unemployment which you will have to file an appeal in turn could take upwards of 24 weeks plus. Great State we live in huh. Would you keep me up to date as I will post my results as well.
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# Britney 2012-07-11 14:40
I as well am having the same problem. I first applied on may 2nd and as of today, july 12th, they still are having "non payment due to unresolved issue". I've called faithfull every Wednesday. They ask me for a copy of my last check stub, faxed that in, and still nothing. One of the workers sent a email to see what was takin so I was told. Everytime I call, I get the same answer "I'm sorry ma'am, we are unsure of what is the hold up, but hopefully a decision will be made soon". I really don't knw where to go from here :(
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# Crystal 2012-02-29 17:23
Okay so I have been with my company for almost a year not a year though My doctor ordered me to maternity leave due to having twins they wont hold my position they are calling it a vouluntary quit but Im not quiting the doctor put me off for health reasons but I dont qualify for FMLA so can I collect unemployment when Im able to return to work while I look for another job or is there a deadline on how long you can wait to file
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# Julia 2012-03-13 20:15
I was let go from my position in December 2011. Due to severance, I would not be eligible for unemployment benefits until the end of March. Since then, every week I have been filling out the forms and they come back denied up until then.

This week, i was offered a job and decided to quit after a day and a half. This job was not for me and they expected me to leave for training for two weeks straight out of state. I cannot do this due to family obligations. I also knew that I would be miserable at this job if I would stay longer.

Would this affect my benefits since they have not yet officially begun yet? Thanks,
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# Alysia 2012-04-05 06:31
For my maternity leave, my job is making me put a 2 week notice in and actually quit work (as in I will no longer be employed), and then claim that they will rehire me afterwards. Then today they said they want me to leave earlier because I just cant physically do the work they want. Is this legal? and if so, can I file for unemployment?
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# kim 2012-04-10 14:53
I worked parttime (6-7 hours, 5 days a week) for over 6 months. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits in Indiana?
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# Sue 2012-04-29 09:12
I am leaving my job because of a family members health. I have worked at this facility since the end of June 2011. I will need to continue to work but will need 2nd or 3rd shift which is not offered at my current job. Do I qualify for unemployment benifits?
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# Tiffany 2012-04-30 13:40
I have worked for my employer since December 2011. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and at risk of preterm labor. I asked my employer if we could work out a more flexible schedule or part time position until after the baby is born. They said they cannot and will not and I should resign from my position due to health reasons. Am I eligible for unemployment because I am still willing and able to work and tried to find alternate options.
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# drew 2012-05-03 12:00
I have worked for a school corporation for 12 years. I am a none certified employee, who is not guaranteed a position back after each Summer. We are about to go to a balanced calendar and I cant find a job that will hire me for a 6 week summer. Am I eligible to draw unemployment for the summer?
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# jana 2012-05-25 07:53
I was informed yesterday that I do no longer have my salary position. I was offered a part-time hourly position with the same company with reduced responsibilitie s.. Can I collect partial unemployment until I find another full-time or salaried job that is closer to my previous earnings?
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# Kim 2012-10-23 17:24
Jana - interested to find out how your situation played out - this JUST happened to my partner today and it is a huge financial blow. She did not see this coming. What did you find out?
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# Brandy 2012-06-08 11:50
My husband was hurt at work and was denied workmans comp due to a preexsisting condition. While he was released for work for one injury the other is undergoing treatments and has not been released for work yet. He is wondering if he qualifies for unemployment because even after treatments are done docters say he will not be fit for the position he has. He can still work and is starting school in august. Would like to know if unemployment is an option.
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# Devyn 2012-06-15 12:41
I joined the Army Reserves right out of high school. Before high school I was working as a nannie for a private family. After high school I was on active duty for 19 months for training. Since coming off of active duty I cannot find a job. Am I eligible for unemployment since I didn't have a job with a company before I left?
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# Dawn 2012-07-01 21:19
My employer (an Indiana non-profit) can't make payroll due to poor management of funds and so I'm not getting paid for a month now and it doesn't look like things will be changing. Can they do that? Is that sufficient grounds for me to quit and apply for unemployment? I've been diligent to work hard every week, but I need income to live!
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# James 2012-07-03 14:29
I was let go because management wanted to go in a different direction and my position was eliminated. I have not received any benefits yet and I am going on my eleventh week without any unemployment benefits. I know some people who received their benefits within three weeks. Also the home page and voice greeting reference 21 days for benefits to begin. I cannot get a reason for the delay from anyone I've talked to. I really need my benefits before I get so far behind that I cannot catch up.
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# Tom 2012-07-19 13:22
I have been forced to take a buyout package from my employer and now I have an option to take retire package, due to my age. If I take the retire option will that disqualify me from collecting unemployment benefits if I am unable to secure a job in a short turnaround?
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# Samantha w. 2012-07-27 20:09
I am 36 weeks pregnant and getting ready to go on maternity leave in about 3-4 weeks. I am trying to work as long as possible because I need the income. I was wondering I would be eligible for unemployment while I am on unpaid maternity leave? Please get back to me as soon as you can.
Thank You
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# Cinda 2012-08-22 14:21
The business I work at has just recently been bought out. If I quit can i still get unemployment or do i have to wait for them to cut my hours and then let me go before i can file for unemployment?
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# Jean 2012-08-22 14:22
I worked for 29 years as a regular paid employee. For the last 6 years I have been self-employed. I am selling my business. In the meantime, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# rolanda 2012-08-26 20:51
i've been with my company for 14 years, recently my hours were cut from 25 to 17.5, and there are rumours going around that the company is going to start laying off due to the economy. so here's my question: is there a minimum amount of hours an employee must be scheduled to work at the time of their layoff to qualify for unemployment? for example, can a person working less than 20 hours a week qualify?
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# Jessica 2012-09-10 08:29
I was let go from my job and filed for unemployment. I filed at the end of march. I waited and waited to receive payment, and then found a job in which I worked at for 3 weeks. It was a commissioned plus base salary position. The company lied and never paid me any commission. The job was not what I was told it would be. Needless to say I quit. About 2 weeks after quitting I started filing my weekly unemployment vouchers. Low and behold I received benefits. Now, my claim has come to an end and they want me to file EEUC claim. Do I continue using the employer that I was receiving the benefits from? I am confused! I have had a few interviews, but no job offers yet. Any advice would be helpful.
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# Stephanie 2012-09-24 16:17
I have worked the same job for 4.5 years. My husband recently accepted a job 1.5 hours away from where we currently live, after being laid off for several months. I have applied to several places in the new city but have not yet had any luck in securing a job. If I quit my job to move with my family will I be eligible for unemployment benefits until I can find something? Thank you for any help you can lend!
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# Trinella 2012-10-04 10:23
My husband works at a local factory. He was informed yesterday that they are going to cut production 1 week a month from now until further notice. Will he be eligible for unemployment the week he is out of work each month?
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# Sue 2012-11-09 08:07
I worked for a small Indiana law firm for two years. I had a co-worker who was cussing agt me and every time I spoke to the supervisor, she took it as a joke and it got worse. I quit for a "better" job. Once I started this job the attorney had a change of heart about offending her 'friend". She would make me park behind the office so no one could see my car and was going to tell my old boss that I begged her for a job after the one I was hired for fell through. I did not agree to any of this. Then she decided she was going to let me go. Calling this woman Satan would be a compliment. I really don't want the unemployment but I have been blackballed from finding another admin position in Indiana. how long does it take to get unemployment? They are going after my original employers but I can only imagine what they are saying.
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# lori 2012-11-19 14:31
I fell back on October 1...had to have surgery and was taken off work completely for six weeks. My Dr has since released me back to work with a 5lb weight restriction...n my work says there is nothing I can do until that restriction is removed. They have me on unpaid sick do I qualify for unemployment benefits since I am now available to work n they won't athletes me?
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# davisha 2012-12-04 17:42
For my maternity leave, my job is making me put a 2 week notice in and actually quit work (as in I will no longer be employed), and then claim that they will rehire me afterwards. Then today they suspended me on someone else word of mouth and told me they will call before wednesday and got the run around every since
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# Dawn 2012-12-18 08:38
If our plant is shut down for Christmas for one week, can we apply for unemployment We will be geting 2 days of holiday pay.
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# bjm 2012-12-20 13:30
I have been at my present job for 10 years, I turned 61, all of a sudden they have been adding to my job to the point I am overwhelmed, I am doing the job of 2 people. I have NEVER drawn unemployment, if I quit because I feel stressed to the point that I have had 2 heart attacks this year, would I qualify for unemployment? I can't keep up at this pace. I feel as though they want me out, but I can't afford to leave.
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# krystal 2013-01-25 08:35
what does it mean when it says non pay due to unresolved issues when there was nothing that needed fixed on my voucher. it doesn't say what need to be fixed.. please help.. i moved out of sate. and have a 3 year old to take care of

thank u so much
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# MD 2013-01-26 00:44
I have worked at the same professional job for 22 years, and was a full-time employee until 2008. At that time an agreement was made with my employer to allow me to work part time due to some changes in my personal life. There is essentially nothing in writing other than I would be compensated a percentage of monies collected based upon my work. Verbally it was agreed that I would submit my days of work a month in advance to be scheduled accordingly. This worked out fine until recently. In November and December 2012 and January 2013, all dates of work that I submitted I have been told are "not good days" for me to work, so I have received NO pay in three months. They refuse to allow me to schedule days, but they are not firing me. They are just stringing me along, but I cannot survive on no pay. They are no saying they have the right to tell me when I can and cannot work, and that work is too slow for them to support my presence, so in essence I am being laid off without them saying I am laid off. I make some money on the side lecturing in an unrelated field, but it is a minor amount and not regular. This is my principal job and it is not longer available. What are my rights here? And is there some sort of eligibility of unemployment if they are still saying I am employed but allow me no opportunity to work?
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# Karen 2013-02-19 16:53
After I had my baby, I decided to not return to work so I could be a stay at home mom. Would I be eligible for unemployment?
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# Bobbi 2013-02-26 19:32
I was fired yesterday after 2 years of being a department manager, my first job. The reason was attendance. I admit that I was late and left early and the days they fired me for were due to my grandmother getting sick and passing away then 1 week after my grandfather had triple bypass. He needed someone to look after him and care for him. That was my reasons for the tardies/absent. My job never warned me about my attendance and acted like they understood but out of nowhere fired me.
My question is in the state of Indiana does being fired for attendance stop me from recieving unemployment? Will they deny me? I didn't graduate cause I got that job and quit school so it will be difficult for me to get another job and I have to support myself until the time comes. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE !!!! I;m so desperate for an answer, Ive already filed.!!!!!! )))):
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# Cory 2013-04-19 17:43
I was hired 2 years ago to start training to take over my boss's job when he planned to retire - meaning and substantiall pay increase when that happens - well he was let go cpl weeks ago and instead of throwing me in the hot seat they brought some1 else in within the company and now they want me to train him for the job I was promised - if i quit can am i able to get unemployment?
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# Nikki 2013-04-23 21:17
I quit my job after 7 years as I had a better job offer. 2 days before my start date they told me they put the job on a freeze until further notice. Would I be able to draw unemployment because of this?
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# Let 2013-05-01 21:10
I moved to and worked in Indiana last year but after being laid off the beginning of this year, unable to pay rent where I was residing, I moved back to Arizona. Would I be eligible for unemployment?
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# curious in indiana 2013-05-21 19:47
Can I receive unemployment while unemployed due to birth of a child or medical leave.
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# sandi 2013-06-10 23:16
My job moved 50 miles from my home, I have guardianship of two small children and with an 8 hour day and an hour and a half commute I was having a hard time making it to work on time. I was granted fmla for stress. The full 480 hours a year was granted. With the cost of commute increase and daycare issues and commute distance not to mention reduced pay for utilizing fmla i resgned. Can i get unemployment?
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# Jena 2013-06-11 13:35
I was pregnant when my job was eliminated. I am searching for a job full-time but if don't find a new job before my baby is born, how do I handle unemployment filings? Do I just skip filing the week that the baby is born and resume filing when I am medically cleared to return to work? If not yet employed I plan to continue my job search throughout this time period, but I want to understand how things are defined in terms of being "able to work" following child birth.
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# Joe 2013-06-17 23:46
I'm an adjunct at an Indiana University. I was scheduled to teach a summer class that was canceled less than a week before it was supposed to begin due to low numbers of students enrolled. I'm still contracted for classes in the Fall, but would I qualify for unemployment benefits for my canceled summer position?
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# Cieandra 2013-06-30 11:44
The plant I work for in Indiana has scheduled a plant shutdown for a week. I want to know if I can file for unemployment. We are shutting down due to lack of work. Anything you can find out for me will be great. Thank you.
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# KM 2013-07-02 06:31
My plant shuts down for two weeks in a week and we do not get paid. I was wondering if I am eligible for unemployment during this period.
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# Jana 2013-08-30 09:53
I was on unemployment and found a job...but quit 2 days later due to hating the job and seeing no point in continuing on with training (waste of company time & resources as well as a waste of mine). Would I be able to go back and claim unemployment benefits?
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# LV 2013-09-10 14:00
I am currently working a part-time job with a municipality. Working conditions are difficult and I'm considering quitting. If I quit, can I apply for unemployment benefits?
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# Patrick Story 2016-07-21 18:53
My wife was wondering if she can file for unemployment benifits while on maternity leave????
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