Massachusetts Unemployment Eligibility

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

1. Be a resident of Massachusetts. If you are not a resident of Massachusetts, but worked in Massachusetts at your last job, you should still have Massachusetts unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Massachusetts.
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 Massachusetts. 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 elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# Richard C 2010-12-12 18:05
I want to form an S-Corp and start my own business. I can't find any reliable information on the rules regarding a business owner collecting unemployment.I currently am collecting unemployment, when I incorporate does the claim get shut off?
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# Frank T. 2010-12-17 10:56
I worked abn lived in Stonehan Ma. I worked for a conpany Located in MA and throughout the eastern coast but was denied unemployment insurance at that time ending in 4/08. I would like to be cotacted by your office on how to collect and procedures.
Thank you
Frank T
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# melanio rodriguez 2011-07-09 12:25
i`m working for a company two months ago but there are weeks i do no get full working,i know my other colleagues who have more time in the company collected. can i collect by the time i have in the company.
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# gregory larder 2011-08-11 14:15
i went out on workers comp in sept. 2010.workers comp is trying to end my benefits. if the are successful, will i be elegible for unemplyment if it,s been over one year since i last worked. i was layed off from my job in december 2010. any help ic appreciated
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# Mike C. 2011-09-03 22:26
I was let go after only two weeks at my new job. The reason they gave me was 'We didn't feel you were a good fit socially into our company" The current employee amount is 12, and I got along great with everyone, Minus the VP who I met the same day he let me go. I felt that he wanted to give my job to another person. Am I able to collect unemployment in these conditions?
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# Matt 2011-09-05 09:20
I have injured my back and can no longer handle the work I am doing(construct ion) But I am afraid to quit and not have any sort of safety net Will I still be able to collect? It seemed my boss wanted me to quit so he didn't get taxed on my claim??
I am very confused and don't wanna be living on the streets
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# barry 2011-09-23 18:52
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# Scott M 2011-11-03 11:23
Due to the storm in Western Mass I haven't been able to work because there is no power at our place of employment. Been out for 1 week tomorrow. We work 50 hrs per week Mon- Thurs. Was wondering how long in this situation do we need to be out of work to collect or if we are eligible at all for benefits.
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# D Rap 2011-11-04 13:16
What if you are new to the state of MA? Are you eligible for UE after being here so many months and still can't find a job? And I'm not talking cheapie job, I mean white collar/executive status. Thanks for the info!
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# keith 2012-02-16 18:03
Quoting D Rap:
What if you are new to the state of MA? Are you eligible for UE after being here so many months and still can't find a job? And I'm not talking cheapie job, I mean white collar/executive status. Thanks for the info!

Maybe you should go back to where you came from. You should take any job you can get..sorry to hear you think your above everybody else with our cheapie jobs. Do you think you can just come here and get unemployment? You shouldn't of quit your job and moved here thinking you would get $680.00 to $740.00 a week just because your here and cant find your uncheapie job...Asshole!
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# Kara 2011-11-08 16:53
I quit my job in august because my boss was so mean and I couldnt take it anymore, I am now 5 months pregnant and wont get hired because of that..... Do I apply for unemployment?
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# joe 2011-12-16 13:33
if your hours get cut how much money can you earn in a week to know if you can collect wages to make up the differnce
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# Debbie 2012-01-03 12:20
Where do I find the weekly form you fill out for the jobs you have gone to looking for work? I have typed them up on the computer but wanted to print out the form to send them in on.

Thank you,
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# Nancy 2012-02-16 08:10
I have a family medical emergency and need to quit work to take care of a family member out of state. Can I collect unemployment?
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# scottgio 2012-02-29 13:12
I was hurt years ago on the job and required neck surgery and have done odd and end jobs since. I am a truck driver and every time i drive for too long or lift anything to heavy i get bad neck pain. I also have nerve damage from the surgery in my right arm. Can I get any money?
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# Lisa758 2012-03-01 19:15
I am finding it very difficult to live in this state. I am looking to move to Florida as my rent would be $700 a month less. If I move and have a hard time finding a job can I collect. I will have been at my job for over 4 1/2 years and continuously employed for the ten years.
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# Mandi L 2012-03-14 12:11
I was at my last job for almost 5 years but quit last October. My boss and employer environment was very hostile and treated us like slaves. I mentally couldn't take the stress anymore so I quit. I have been unemployed since Nov 2011. Do I qualify for UE Benefits?
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# santana 2012-08-06 09:11
I work for a business that goes by points. Everytime my son is sick and I take the day off I get 3 points. If we hit 18 points we r fired. I have a doctors note saying my son has chronic asthma. I was let go because of this. Do I qualify for unemployment?. I worked there for 1yr and 10 months...
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# Nil 2012-08-17 07:43
The last time I worked full-time was nearly 3 yrs. ago (Aug. 2009). I left that job to go back to school full-time. I graduated last June and have been looking for work since. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Matt 2012-09-12 11:47
I have two part time jobs both around twenty (20) hours a week and i am getting let go from one of them. Can i collect unemployment if i am partially employed.
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# Kristina 2012-09-24 14:13
If a person takes a job that is temporary for 8 weeks or seasonal, are they eligable for unemployment after the 8 weeks are over?
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# Doris 2012-10-04 20:21
I was recently laid off from a job in MA. I live in RI. What medical benefits are available to me?
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# Tom 2012-10-18 15:05
My company was recently sold.
The new owners have offered me a 40% reduction in base salary, plus some commissions.
If I leave to pursue looking for another job, due to the large cut in pay, can I collect unemployment assistance while I look for a new job?
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# Tom B 2012-12-11 11:42
If I've been on disability for 13 months and it is going to run out (my employer laid me off 7 months into the disability; will I be eligible for unemployment?
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# Billy 2013-01-19 08:47
working at the same job for almost 20 years. (auto repair buisness) when something sets him off, owner is verbally abusive. nasty moods, temper tantrums, starts barking orders like a drill sargent. this can last for weeks at a time. it happens quite a bit. anything can set him off. something at home like not enough cheerios in the box, or parts not delivered fast enough or available soon enough at work. i haxe been diagnosed as diabetic 1 year ago and that sets him off when i have to leave work for doctor appointments. he told me "i will decide when you can go to your appointments" once. one time when my uncle had died he threw a temper tantrum because i took the day off for his services. (i dont think i have missed 20 days work in almost 20 years and was probably late twice) and the list goes on and on. i have put up with this for about as long as i can, and i am starting to have problems dealing with this. i have been looking for a job but of course i cant get time off for interviews (he dont know im looking) i want to get away from this abuser before he pushes me that very little bit more. am i going to get benefits if i walk out . i live week by week and cant survive very long without income coming in.
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# Bill 2013-02-06 16:11
I only have a part time job thats giving me less than eight hours a week. I am having an extremely difficult time finding a job to support myself. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# betty 2013-02-07 10:59
I currently work for a public school system, I am not union. My current position will be changing next year. There will be a drop in hours (8 hours per week) and the times for me to work (currently 7:30 - 3:00 changing to 11:00 - 4:30) don't allow me to get home in time for my children. Do I have to take this position or would I be eligable for unemployment until I found a new position.
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# sam 2013-02-11 13:10
i am being told that in mass that because i used to own business which i no longer own but that my son does that i can not collect because he is my son. I worked 8 months and adjuster approved claim and now they are saying i have to appeal or pay back. I paid unemployment tax does this sound right to anyone?
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# Estevao 2013-02-20 11:18
I was working in this company,for almost 12 months, and I was called to start wrk in another job which I was gunna get paid more money , so I quit the frist job . A week later . And I lost that chance...I'm here without a job . Can a collect anemployment ??
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# Nia 2013-03-12 15:53
I am being laid off at my current location and being transfered to a new location. At the new location, my job description will be changing and I will have totally different responsibilitie s. I will also be demoted in the transfer. Could I quite the new position and search for something more like what I was initially doing and stay in line with my career path and collect unemployment as the position I have been working for 2 years no longer exists?
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# Robert 2013-03-28 20:24
Six months ago my employer doubled my workload without any added compensation. Despite that I've been able to meet many goals. Now they are saying the goals aren't enough and I need to do my job a specific way. Their way has my fellow co-workers working 15-17 hour days some days during the week. And my employer refuses to admit there has been no extra work added to my plate. If I quit because of these reasons, can I get unemployment?
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# rich 2013-04-18 16:46
My work is cutting back on hours and actual people. It is basically a sinking ship and I can't stay there anymore. They will be asking for volunteers before they start the process with the affected people. If a take a voluntary layoff, can I still collect unemployment.
Rich in Massachusetts
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# Shelly 2013-07-29 11:41
I am currently employed and commute 80 miles each way to where I work. Over the last few months I have been experiencing some health issues that are making this long commute more difficult each day. I do not want to quit as I am not sure if I would be eligible for unemployment benefits until I find something closer to home. I appreciate any response or advice.
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# Barbara 2017-05-15 11:26
If I work in MA for four months a year at a seasonal job and live in another state, can I collect unemployment from MA each year?
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# Angela 2017-10-11 12:17
can you collect if you have to quit to move out of state to care for your ailing parent and can look for work there so you can take care of them?
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# Linda 2017-11-28 06:09
Can I collect if I receive social security?
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# Laura Kraft 2017-12-15 16:57
I am currently employed by a non-profit school at their daycare center. They are closing for the summer starting this year. Will I be able to collect benefits during the time we are not working?
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