What are the benefits of Partial Unemployment?

Despite seeking a full-time job, do you currently work part-time? Have your hours been lowered? You can be qualified for partial unemployment benefits depending on your circumstances and region.

If an unemployed person works less than a full week and makes a particular amount of money, and they also meet other standards, they may be eligible for partial benefits in several jurisdictions.

The goal is to offer short-term relief while the employee hunts for new full-time employment. These benefits are largely intended for employees who have had their hours reduced or who have been compelled to work part-time due to a lack of work.

Who can qualify for these benefits?

You can qualify for partial unemployment benefits if your working hours have been cut back, or if you are only working part-time and are unable to obtain another job.

You may be eligible for partial unemployment benefits if you:

  • Due to no fault of your own, you must work part-time instead of full-time.
  • satisfy the minimum income or work standards set forth by your state 
  • and can work full-time.

The point is that you cannot choose to work part-time instead of full-time. For instance, you won’t be qualified for benefits if you want to voluntarily reduce your hours to spend more time with your family or return to school.

You need to examine the law of your state concerning minimum wages and job requirements. The eligibility prerequisites are typically the same as those for full unemployment benefits, so keep that in mind. In most cases, you will have to provide proof that you put in a certain number of hours, made a certain amount of money, or both. 

The minimum amount of time you must have worked in order to be eligible is at least a year in the majority of states, but not all of them.

Calculating The Partial Unemployment Benefits 

Most states use your average weekly earnings to compute the weekly benefit you would receive if you were fully jobless to determine your partial unemployment benefit amount. Normally full unemployment benefits range from 50 to 60 percent of your average weekly wage. 

Once your total unemployment benefit is calculated, you deduct a certain percentage from your weekly earnings(the amount varies by state). The weekly partial benefit is then calculated by deducting that sum from the weekly full benefit.

Additionally, employers are informed when an employee files for unemployment benefits, even if they are not always billed for benefits received after the fact.

This is done to avoid fraud by offering the employer, in the event of misconduct, termination, or a change in roles, the chance to refute the claim. 

No one can dismiss an employee for submitting a partial unemployment claim. If you’re interested in learning more about partial unemployment benefits in your area, visit the website of your state’s unemployment office. For guidance on unemployment benefits, consult the experienced employment lawyers at Autrey Law Firm!