A Guide to Your Rights &
Responsibilities When Claiming Unemployment Benefits in
You can receive benefits if you meet a
series of legal eligibility requirements:
You must be monetarily eligible.
You must be totally or partially
You must have an approvable job
separation; the law imposes a disqualification for certain types of
You must meet certain weekly
legal requirements; weekly requirements include being physically and
mentally able to work, being available for and seeking work*,
and filing your weekly claim for benefits on a timely basis.
you are identified as likely to exhaust unemployment benefits and are
enrolled in the worker profiling and reemployment services program, you
must fully participate in all assessment interviews, orientation, and
referred reemployment services.
an individual must be available for and seeking full-time work. Under certain
conditions, a person who has a disability may be able to limit his or her
availability for work to part time only. A claimant can qualify for
unemployment compensation by: (1) providing documentation from a licensed
physician which establishes that (a) he or she has a physical or mental
impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent, and (b) the
impairment leaves him or her unable to work full-time, and (2) demonstrating
that the impairment does not effectively remove him or her from the labor force.