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If I am cleared for benefits due to a separation or reduction in hours directly related to COVID-19, do I need to be able and available for work?

It is a federal requirement that you must be able and available to accept suitable work in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. You will be asked in your weekly certification if you were able and available to work at least 20 hours for the week you are certifying for. For more information please view the Able, Available, and Actively Seeking Fact Sheet.

What happens if my hours are reduced due to lack of business related to COVID-19?

Regardless if you were full-time or part-time and have your hours reduced you will be eligible for unemployment benefits as long as your earnings are under your weekly benefit amount. Please remember that all earnings must be reported on your weekly certifications at the time the wages were earned, not when they are paid.

Am I eligible for unemployment benefits if I have to quit my job because my kids are out of school?

Leaving employment because of lack of child care is generally not considered good cause to resign sufficient to qualify an individual for unemployment benefits. If childcare arrangements are impacted, an employee must take reasonable steps to preserve their employment, such as requesting an alternate schedule or a leave of absence. If a leave of absence or a reduction in hours is requested by a claimant when full-time work is available, the department must determine if a claimant is able, available and actively seeking work to be eligible for UI benefits.

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