Reasons to Collect Unemployment

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There are many reasons to be able to collect unemployment. All depend on certain circumstances and on being approved by your state’s Unemployment Insurance Program. When in doubt, file for unemployment benefits. Here are several of the main reasons you may be eligible to collect unemployment.

Laid Off

You may be eligible to collect unemployment if you have been laid off from a job as part of a corporate restructuring or Reduction in Force (RIF).

Temporary Furlough

If your company has decided to require employees to take several weeks off without pay (a temporary furlough), you may be eligible to collect unemployment during the time you are not being paid by your employer.

Move

In certain cases, you may be eligible to collect unemployment if you had to give up your job in order to move because of your spouse’s job.

Company Shutdown/Bankruptcy

You may be eligible to collect unemployment if your company has closed its doors completely, or has declared bankruptcy and dismissed its employees.

Firing Without Cause

There are cases where you may be eligible to collect unemployment if you were fired without cause and through no fault of your own.

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Pat Fontana began her career in 1981. Her extensive experience includes work in small business, entrepreneurship, marketing communications, adult education and training. She has written for Entrepreneur, Atlantic Publishing and other clients. Fontana earned a Master's degree in English with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communications from East Carolina University.