Massachusetts Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Massachusetts 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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# Albert 2011-01-08 11:01
If get laid off and move out of state, for many reasons (can't afford living in current location, or have another living location which is out of state) can you still collect MA unemployment benefits as long as I keep looking for a job in out of state home?
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# samantha 2011-02-18 18:24
when working at a seasonal and being off off for the season how many hours or how much would i have had to make to qualify for employment while i look for another job.
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# Maureen 2011-05-04 08:48
Have a question about my company, who had me working 3~4 days a week and now have cut me back to one day a week and then sometimes no days for the week, would I be able to collect, to makeup for the days I've lost ? Thank you.
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# Miranda 2012-06-21 03:51
I am pregnant and my job requires me to lift at least 50lbs, I asked to work in the office, but the told me I had to take a medical leave, i'm wondering if that would be considered a temp. Layoff and would I be able to collect until i'm able to return to work.
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# Shawn 2012-07-12 11:42
I work for a school system, meaning I have the summers off, but I don't get paid throughout the summer. Can I obtain unemployment for the summer months?
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# Gregory 2012-11-26 21:50
Quoting Albert:
If get laid off and move out of state, for many reasons (can't afford living in current location, or have another living location which is out of state) can you still collect MA unemployment benefits as long as I keep looking for a job in out of state home?


How long do you have to be employed before being laid off to collect?
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# Chris 2012-12-07 14:18
My father's company was bought out & the laid him off in August but he also was able to retire (he is 66). The agreement was for him to get a years severance package starting in January. Can he collect unemployment benefits also?
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# John 2013-02-15 09:26
if I am laid off for only 3 weeks then back to work for several weeks and then laid off again do I have to reopen claim and talk to someone or can I just start calling in on Sundays to report i haven't worked that week ?
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# Cathy 2013-02-27 15:54
If I get laid off from a seasonal job in MA, can I collect unemployment?
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# zack 2013-04-13 07:14
Can a person get laid off annually(mostly on rquest) from an electical company (union workers) and collect for the full length of unemployment while riding a bicycle all around the world. In some cases to raise money for charity. This seems like a "legal loophole" in cahouts with a union or shop boss on how to beat the system and rip off taxpayers. Especially when it occurs year after year.
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# Tim76 2013-07-08 10:17
2 weeks ago the company I work for told us that we were getting laid off. They told us that they were looking at a Sept/Oct date for when our "last day" would be, but were never specific to the exact date.

We are now looking to move to a different state, which might happen before my "last day" at the company that already told us that we were getting laid off.

My question is this: If I move before the company gives me my "last day"(keep in mind that they already told us that they were laying us off), will this be considered "quitting" my job, and make me illegible for UI?
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