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# Jane 2010-11-23 14:10
How can a police chief who had to retire collect unemployment when he collects pensions from both NYC and the T
own of Wellfleet???? What's wrong with the system???

Just in from unemployment: He can collect because he was forced to retire. He was forced to retire because of state law!!!
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# tom 2010-12-14 13:47
if i am laid off from my job because of the job elimination can i collect unemployment insurance and also collect my pension from the same company?
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# Donna 2010-12-16 16:20
I filed a claim in 2007 which was appealed by my former employer. There was a hearing and the board voted in favor of the employer: The full amount that I had received I returned to Unemployment Ins. Now I just received a notice from the Mass Dept.of Revenue indicating I owe a certain amount of back taxes for not reporting the amount I received. My question is how do I get documentation that the said amount was returned thus negating any tax due.
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# Donna 2011-01-20 10:40
I am currently receiving unemployment but will soon be eligible for social security. Can I collect both or does one exclude the other?
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# David 2011-02-18 10:12
Dear Massachusetts U.I: There will be some upcomming work in your state that I hope to secure. I would like to know what I have to do to file a multi-state claim in your state,and what is the max weekly benifit amount? Thank You!
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# Ann 2011-03-17 17:30
Can some one collect unemployment while being unable to work and applying for disability?
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# Yvette 2011-04-10 07:24
I am currently receiving unemployment benefits from NY State. I want to relocate to Massachusetts; how would the process work in terms of unemployment? Will I be eligible to transfer my case and receive unemployment benefits from Massachusetts? Please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
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# Kelsey 2011-04-21 11:34
I was laid-off in December from a full-time job. While I was job hunting, I took on a part time job (you can earn up to 1/3 of unemployment w/o affecting your claim.)

The PT job was at a restaurant which would not give me dinner shifts and was only scheduling me for two or three shifts a week. I asked several times for additional shifts, explaining that I was actually LOSING money at the job (parking cost more than I made some days...)

When I reopened my claim, the restaurant filed that I quit, effectively closing out my case.

Most people I talk to say that I should protest with an advocate - do I have any ground to do this?

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# Michael 2011-06-29 14:10
Can I attend a vocational school while collecting unemployment? I would like to attend a culinary arts program out-of-state. Would I be able to collect while studying?
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# Pauline 2012-01-07 19:08
If I work in NH and I have MA state taxes taken out where would I apply for unrmployment.
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# Bea 2012-02-17 09:24
you want to file in NH since that is the state that you were employed.
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# HLB2788 2012-03-30 19:03
I have worked for a company for 5 years, I went out on disability for the first time and now should be returning to work. I have a note from the doctor that for 2 weeks i can only work 20 hours, then 2 weeks at 30 hours then I can return full time. I was supposed to return to work March 5, yet i only received 12 hours last week and nothing else. I contact them daily to try and get hours but no one will return calls, no one will talk to me, no one will do anything. Is this a form of a lay-off to where I can collect unemployment? If I were to tell my job to give me hours or lay me off does that disqualify me? Please any help would be much appreciated because I haven't received a paycheck in over a month and I can't live with no income. Thank you for your time.
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# Larry 2012-06-13 16:11
I just called the Unemployment Office to open a new claim (or so I thought) and was informed that I had an existing claim (which we immediately re-opened). Right away I logged on to my account and discovered that I have an available balance of several thousand dollars that sat unused for a year because I didn't realize I was eligible to claim it (I received a letter in the mail suggesting that I didn't make enough to qualify - therefore I stopped pursuing unemployment funds).
This existing claim period ends in 2 weeks, afterwhich I'll file that new claim I'd intended to file when I called in the first place.

Here's the question: Will I lose that "available balance" in 2 weeks when that claim year ends?
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# Deb 2012-08-10 08:02
I filed a month ago and have not received a check or a phone call what is going on? This is crazy...we need $ for food for my family!
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# Kenneth 2012-11-05 12:22
I was on a Probation Training period with a company to haul Gasoline, after 5 weeks, I felt that I was not qualified to be on my own performing this job, I informed the company that I was declining the position, I have reopend my unemployment claim as of 9/17/2012 and as of yet have not recieved a check, how am I supposed to live with NO MONEY? I have rent to pay and food to buy.
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# Paul 2012-11-23 06:35
If you are receiving a non contributed pension from a prior employee and have been laid off from a new employee (worked 3 years for new employer) with no pension payment from the new employer am I entitled to Unemployment insurance from the new employer?
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# stephanie 2012-12-10 07:43
Im.filed for unemployment on november 3 and been certifying ever week since then my frist payment was send out on december 10 am i onli getting 1 check.or am i gonna get.the checks for the weeks i certified too?
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# dawn 2012-12-11 08:14
If I am relocating from my job in Ma to Maine and I am unable to find a job in my field am I eligable for benifits. ??I have been working all my life.
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# Moe 2012-12-20 09:56
Are owners of companies eligible for unemployment benefits? And if their company closes will they be eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Kristin 2013-01-19 09:18
If my company relocates can I collect unemployment if it is a 45 minute commute and 78 miles round trip?
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# Carole 2013-02-07 13:05
If you are collecting unemployment benefits in Massachusetts can you look for work in another state?
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# Sandro 2013-02-15 16:22
I moved from mass to Texas while on unemployment. My unemployment ended before I completely moved to Texas. Do I have to file anything with the state of Mass for taxes?
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# NANCY 2013-04-14 08:01
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# Rob 2013-05-16 11:52
Is there currently a delay in checks this week? I typically get it 3 days after I call but that was not the case this week. I've been having issues with mail delivery but I'd like to stay on top of the situation if somebody has stolen my mail.
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# Millie 2013-07-25 11:26
Can I collect unemployment if I relocate from NYC to Massachusette until I find a job there?
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# Lori 2013-07-29 09:49
Is there any type of benefits I can receive since I was terminated from a religious organization and do not qualify for unemployment? It has been a year of looking for a new position and no luck.
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# Robert 2013-09-04 08:39
I voluntary retired last year from UPS because after 26 years my body could no longer handle that job. I had a job lined up, but after I retired it fell through. I went months searching for employment and the only thing I could find was a job as a commission only insurance salesman. At UPS I was making $80,000 a year. Currently in insurance I've made $12,000 in 9 months. I am hoping to grow my business, but always looking for something else. I have exhausted my life savings and can no longer keep up with my bills. A friend told me that I may qualify for underemployment benefits. Is this true? And if so how do I go about doing so?
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# Chuck 2013-10-10 13:14
I filed for benefits on Tuesday (10/8/13). I may have made a mistake regarding one of the dates I entered. Is there a way to check on this?

Also, how will I be notified of what the next step is to receive benefits?
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# Anthony Hollins 2017-08-25 07:25
Hello I've filed for unemployment going on 10 weeks ago ,and now I've lost my car do to nonpayment in now I might be losing my apartment. Every time I call to check on my case the employees are very rude in disrespectful .They yell at u like its ur fault. Everyone lies to you false information. I have a family too .I was told August 17th was Tha date I should receive benifits came in gone in when I call they yelled at me .I dont know what to do please help me
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