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    My job will be eliminated in 2011 and I will apply for PA unemployment.  I currently receive a Social Security check.  Will my social security payments disqualify me for unemployment compensation?

    Not necessarily. However, the details depend on your personal circumstances. For instance, if you are receiving social security because you are unable to work, then you would not qualify for unemployment benefits. One of the requirements to receive unemployment benefits is you are fit and able to work. Yet, if you are receiving social security benefits lawfully to complement your income while you are working, there should  be no conflict with your PA UC. Nevertheless, because the answer to this question depends on your particular situation, we recommend you call the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry at 717-787-5279 for more information.

    Social security and unemployment compensation are separate issues. If your income during you base period (the year before your first claim for Pennsylvania unemployment compensation) is enough to qualify you for benefits and you were laid off due to no fault of your own, you should have no problem with your claim

    My employer has informed me that due to a lack of work she will have to carry out intermittent layoffs, where I will be employed and laid off sporadically. Can I still apply for UC benefits?

    Yes. File for unemployment benefits the moment you are first laid off. File your biweekly benefits normally and stop filing when you are employed again. If you are laid off again re-open your claim by using the new claim application on the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry website. You can also download a paper form here or phone 1-888-313-7284. Once you reopen a claim you do not have a waiting week and can start filing biweekly claims immediately.

    Your claim application will be assessed as any other, regardless of how long you expect to be unemployed. It is important the reason you are laid off is not due to any fault of your own. Also, if your employer reduces your hours because of lack of work, you may qualify for partial benefits. More on that in our next article.


    1. Question:
      I was laid off in PA and am receiving unemployment benefits.
      On May 10 we moved to Delaware. Now, do I follow PA or Delaware
      rules on unemployment. I registered with Delaware on their website
      for unemployment (not monetary) but just to let them know I am looking
      for work and also put my resume on line in Delaware. Now what do I do?

      Comment by Sandra Barlett — May 14, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    2. I would like to know why it takes so long for unemployment claims to be processed when there is no question they have been approved and there is no discrepancy about the claim, my son signed up for his unemployment in June and still has not received a check or deposit in his card. He called and was given a runaround as to why he hasn’t gotten it.

      Comment by Marsha Presock — July 19, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    3. I found a job what do I do next how Do stop the Unemployment payents ?

      Comment by Jeffrey — September 11, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    4. Congratulations, that is very good news.
      contact them and let them know, alternatively you can stop filing your forms

      Comment by admin — December 19, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

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