If you are looking for a reason to work from home because you no longer have a job, check out this post about what qualifies you for unemployment or not.
Unemployment is going down, however they have reached heights unseen for decades in the last 10 years. There are a lot of people who are taking on financial hardships and need to find ways to make money just to pay the bills. Some people, however, may be eligible for unemployment benefits and don’t even know it.
Knowing whether or not you are eligible for unemployment is essential if you want to make it through this hardship.
If you have recently lost your job, you need to know what to do next. Unemployment should be your first concern.
If you have worked for a company and were “let go” you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Generally you are let go because of a company downsizing and NOT something that you did. Eligibility for unemployment will vary from state to state and often depends on how long you were employed before you are eligible.
You may be eligible for half of your earnings or more depending on where you live. Your unemployment check can be taxed or not taxed in your state, however any income (even unemployment) is taxable by the federal government. It is wise to have the taxes taken out when you sign up for unemployment so you don’t end up owing at the end of the year.
If you quit your job or leave voluntarily then you will likely not receive unemployment benefits. If you are eligible for unemployment generally this applies: “You leave the job through no fault of your own”.
Unemployment determination is decided at a state level and can be taken away from bad behavior such as refusing to take a job when it is offered (although this portion of unemployment is rarely reinforced)
If you deny suitable work, you can be denied.
Here are some other reasons you may not be eligible to receive unemployment:
- Fired for doing something bad
- Quit or walk out for no reason
- Disability reassignment
- You left for a vacation or marriage
- You left for college
- You are in a dispute about the pay or labor
- You are self employed