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Unemployment Benefits
& COVID-19 FAQs

As of: May 11, 2020

Unemployment Compensation claimants can also see additional FAQs about the general unemployment program. 

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​​My employer offered me my job back but I would make more staying on Unemployment.  Can I do this?

​My employer offered me my job back but at reduced hours.  I would make more staying on unemployment.  Can I do this?

​My employer is reopening in violation of the governor’s and secretary of health’s business closure orders. Am I still eligible for UC?

​Am I eligible for UC if I am out of work because my employer closed (temporarily or otherwise) because of COVID-19?

​Am I eligible for UC if I am quarantined due to COVID-19?

​Am I eligible for UC if my hours are being reduced because of COVID-19?

​I am a part-time employee. Am I eligible for UC benefits if I have to self-isolate/quarantine or am unable to work because I tested positive for COVID-19?

​Am I eligible for UC if I am employed by a school that has been closed by order of the Governor?

​Am I eligible for UC if I have paid leave?

​Am I eligible for UC if my employer offers me the ability to telework/telecommute/work from home?

​Can I access UC if my child's school has been closed and I stay home with them?

​Can I file for UC benefits if I was told to stay home because my employer thinks I am a risk of spreading or at risk of contracting COVID-19?

​What if my employer goes out of business as a result of COVID-19?

​Have any UC rules changed due to the Governor's emergency declaration regarding COVID-19?

​How am I supposed to meet requirements related to my existing UC claim if I am in isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19?

​What should I do if I contract COVID-19 at work?

​How much in benefits will I receive?

​How long will it take to receive my benefits?

I receive most of my income from tips, am I eligible for UC?

I heard the federal government passed a bill that will give people paid leave.  Should I still file for UC?

​If I am an undocumented immigrant or my work visa has expired, am I eligible for UC benefits?

​If I have concerns about my health, do I have to report to work?

​Can my employer fire me if I am concerned about COVID-19 and stay home?

​Can I pre-apply for UC if I will be experience a layoff or furlough in the next few weeks?

​I am a naturalized or authorized worker. How should I submit my documentation to receive unemployment benefits?