A Guide to Your Rights &
Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in
If you are being laid off, or already have
lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be a dislocated worker.
Dislocated workers may be eligible for
certain federal, state and community services, whether you are seeking new
skills, a new employer, or to start a business of your own.
You may be a dislocated worker if:
- you have been laid off or
terminated, or have received notice of layoff or termination, are eligible
for, or have exhausted your unemployment benefits, and are unlikely to return
to your previous industry or occupation.
you have been employed for a time
period sufficient to demonstrate
to the workforce@
to a One-Stop Center operator but are not eligible for unemployment compensation
because of your type of job duties or insufficient earnings.
- you have been laid off because of
a permanent plant closing or major layoff.
- you were self-employed (such as a
small business owner or farmer) and are now unemployed because of local economic
conditions or a natural disaster.
- you have not received individual
notice of termination but your employer has made a general announcement of a
- you are a displaced homemaker.
If any of these situations apply to you, ask at
your local American Job Center to be certified as a dislocated worker.
You may enroll in training while receiving
Unemployment Insurance, providing it does not interfere with your job search or
ability to accept full- time work. Some training programs for dislocated
workers waive job search requirements while you collect unemployment insurance,
but these must be approved in advance. Unemployment Insurance
is not extended because you are in training except through Trade Act
Dislocated workers and their family members
often are eligible for special consideration when applying for
student financial aid. To qualify, you must be certified as a dislocated
worker at an American Job Center and receive a signed form to give to
your college financial aid officer as proof of your status. You may do this as
soon as you have a layoff notice.
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