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Termination & Unemployment Filing an Unemployment Claim - Massachusetts

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  1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?

    You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your primary base period (the last 4 completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the date on which your claim is effective). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

  2. How do I apply for benefits in Massachusetts?

    You can apply in person, or over the phone, for information see http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/claimants/.

  3. How much will I receive?

    You can receive a weekly benefit of approximately 50 percent of your weekly wage, up to a maximum of $653 per week.

  4. How long will I receive these benefits for?

    The maximum number of weeks you can collect full benefits is 30 (capped at 26 weeks during periods of extended benefits).

  5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

    You must continue to file weekly. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities. To be actively seeking employment, you must make at least 3 employer contacts each week you file for benefits. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

  6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

    You may appeal a disqualification by requesting a hearing. To request a hearing, you should complete the bottom of your disqualification notice, indicating you want to appeal the decision. Appeals maybe filed by mail, by fax, or in person. Your request must be in writing and filed within 10 calendar days of the mailing date of the disqualification.

  7. For more information on Massachusetts' unemployment insurance laws:

    Visit the State of Massachusetts Website http://www.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur/

    Read the Claimant Handbook http://www.mass.gov/lwd/docs/dua/p2594-508.pdf