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Your benefits may be affected if you:
To qualify for benefits, each week, you must be:
You may also be required to register with a Career Center to complete mandatory seminars to remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
If you physically can’t work, aren’t available to work, or aren’t looking for work, we will send you a questionnaire and place your benefits on hold. Your benefits will stay on hold until you are determined to be eligible again based on the information you provided on your questionnaire. If you are disqualified from receiving benefits, you may file an appeal.
If you want to go to school full time and receive benefits, you must apply to the Training Opportunities Program (Section 30).
If we approve your application, you will not have to search for work or be available for work, and you can receive benefits.
Travel for work-related reasons
You may be eligible for benefits if you’re travelling outside your commuting area for work-related purposes. For example, if you’re a Massachusetts resident traveling to California for an interview, and plan on accepting a job there, you may qualify for benefits.
Travelling for non-work-related reasons
If you’re travelling outside your commuting area for non-work-related purposes, you’re not eligible for benefits. You can’t request benefits if you are outside the U.S., U.S. territories, or Canada.
In some cases, you may work part time and receive unemployment benefits.
You must report any income you receive while getting benefits. If you don’t report your income, you may be disqualified from getting any benefits at all.
Refusing suitable work
If you limit the number of hours you can work or don’t accept offers for suitable work for any reason, you may not qualify for benefits.
Quitting or getting fired
If you quit or are fired from your job, you may not qualify for unemployment benefits. We’ll determine your continued eligibility by sending you a questionnaire for you to complete.
If you earn money from self-employment, your weekly benefits will be delayed. That’s because we need to review your employment situation first.
We may decide that:
From any area code, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
From area codes 351, 413, 508, 774, or 978, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
To request weekly benefits, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m.