Massachusetts Unemployment Rules

In order to receive unemployment benefits in Massachusetts you must follow these rules:

1. You must be able to work, and are not disabled.
2. You must be actively looking for a job, and keeping a record of your job search.
3. You must file a weekly certification.
4. You must not make more than your weekly wage allowance. In some cases, you will be able to work while collecting unemployment - but only so much per week. Make sure when you apply for unemployment that you are very clear about how much you are able to earn each week. Your unemployment counselor will be able to tell you how much this is.

As long as you follow these Massachusetts unemployment rules, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefits.

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To go the main Massachusetts Unemployment page, click here: Massachusetts Unemployment

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# elizabeth 2011-05-02 08:29
i quit my job due to hostile unsafe enviorment, its been 8 weeks no responce from unemployment on my case how long do they have to contact me by law and what should I do ? I have already called and left message for case worker 4 days ago.
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# Shelly 2011-07-14 09:17
I am contemplating quitting my job. The environment has become hostile, I feel harrassed, and have even tried to confront these issues directly. My supervisor has basically given another employee permission to harass and encourages harassment when people complain about certain problems and concerns. I am reminded by this person that I am a single mother, and that I struggle with money. They are bullying the lower paid individuals. It is not a situation I can ignore, and also isn't a situation I have caused. I don't want to quit and not be able to take care of my child.
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# nd 2011-09-07 19:24
I told my job that i'm going back to school in september and they wouldn't accomdat me with the hours and they basically said i need to choose and i find a part time job making nothing so i was wonderring would i be able to get unemployment from them while i'm a my part time job
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# nara 2011-09-07 19:29
I told my job that i'm going back to school in september but they refuse to accomadat me with the hours so i need to make a decision to stay working or leave and i find a part time job making nothing i was wonderring would i still be able to collect unemployment from my first job while working partime
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# LINDA 2012-01-11 20:20
I HAVE BEEN ON UNEMPLOYMENT FOR FOUR WEEKS AND JUST FOUND OUT I HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY AND I WILL BE LAID UP FROM 4-6 WEEKS. WHEN I AM ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK WILL I BE ABLE TO REOPEN MY CLAIM?
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# LINDA 2012-01-11 20:22
I'VE BEEN RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT FOR 5 WEEKS. I JUST FOUND OUT I HAD TO HAVE SURGERY WITH A REHAB OF 4-6 WEEKS. WILL I BE ABLE TO REOPEN MY CLAIM WHEN I AM ABLE TO WORK?
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# Toddn 2012-02-28 12:45
I've worked for a Massachusetts company for several years but I'm considering leaving to go to a company in New Hampshire. If I take this job and it doesn't work out and say I get laid off in 3 or 4 months, can I still file for unemployment in MA since most of my last year I was employed there?
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# Stephen 2012-08-31 09:47
I was laid off from my job and told to file for unemployment last week. I have filed and will be being claiming this Sunday. I might have the opportunity for 2 weeks of full time seasonal work, but then it will end. How would this impact my unemployment benefits from my previous job?
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# Noreen 2012-11-09 12:06
I recently invested in a small business (S corporation) of which I am 100% owner. I do not work there or receive any compensation and I do not expect this new business to show a profit this year. I was just laid off from my full time job and am actively looking for a new one. Am I entitled to unemployment benefits while I am looking for a new position even though I own a business. Working in the S corporation is not an option and would not be able to pay me a salary. I would appreciate your guidance. Thank you.
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# Kathy 2012-11-30 13:45
how many hours do I need to work to collect unemployment?
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# dawn 2012-12-12 09:32
if I relocate to maine with my husband and cant find a job am i able to get unemployment from ma.
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# chris r 2013-01-27 13:48
I was laid off In november of 2011 and have been looking for work allyear. i know i made enough to file a claim but didnt want to incase of finding a job.. but i am stuck now and could use it. Seeing how ive never made a claim but paid into it well over the amount needed, can i still file a claim and be able to collect now?
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# Diane 2013-06-27 13:28
I have been on unemployment for 13 weeks. I had an interview Tuesday. I applied through the local newspaper (c/o so I didn't know who the employer was). I have not been offered the position-there are 2 more people being interviewed. The position is $10 per hour for 38 hours. I have not been given the specifics on medical etc. employee cost.. I am making more on unemployment and much more at my previous position. I know I will be taking a pay cut, but do I have to accept this job? I will not be able to cover bills. Also the job hours are days/nights/weekends so it would be hard to fit a second job around those hours. I looked for information on this question on the DUA website but couldn't seem to find the right section.
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# Jake 2013-08-03 15:30
I have aggravated an old injury in my lower back and its making it difficult for me to do what my job requires because i stand, bend and twist for a 12 hour shift and it's not helping my condition. The injury did not happen on the job so would i be able to collect if i can't do the work because of the injury?
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