Q: My work closed march 13th covid Boss paid reduced pay through June 15 Said we cant file unemployment until june 16
Unemployment said since we did not physically work the mo eye was a donation and we still can get unemployment because it is considered special pay but boss said we cant file until june 15 even though work stopped march 13 due to covid
A: You should not rely on the non-legal opinions of your employer for the legal interpretation of when and if you are entitled to unemployment benefits. You may be entitled to partial benefits if you worked but your hours were reduced from full-time, or your pay was reduced. You would be entitled to full benefits for any week you were not paid at all. Filing a claim will not harm you, as the unemployment office will decide whether you qualify or not, but you can go onto their website in advance and review general information regarding eligibility for benefits. Your employer is prohibited by law from retaliating against you simply for filing a claim for benefits. Your employer does not pay the benefits, but will have his unemployment insurance premiums increased in the future for any allowed claim for benefits by an employee. However, those benefits are yours by right, and you should not forego them if you are eligible to receive them.
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