Employment + Unemployment

Do I qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI)?

Each state is responsible for establishing its own UI benefits eligibility. Rules for unemployment have changed. If you have lost your job or promise of a job, please visit the “Learn More about Unemployment during Covid-19” link below.

In general, individuals qualify when:

  • Unemployed through no fault of your own. In most states, this means you have to have separated from your last job due to a lack of available work.
  • Meeting work and wage requirements. You must meet your state’s requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time referred to as a “base period.” In most states, this is usually the first four out of the last five completed calendar quarters before the time that your claim is filed.
  • Meeting any additional state requirements.
Are there expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as a result of COVID?
How do I apply for unemployment Insurance?

Find information for your state’s unemployment office to start your claim.

What should I do if I need an accommodation in order to access Unemployment Insurance and/or job services?

If you don’t normally file, register for your economic stimulus payment now using the IRS web-based tool at the link below.

Can I receive job search and vocational services from a Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or American Job Center (One-Stop) during the COVID-19 crisis?

To find the services being provided in your area, contact the AJC or VR agency in your area.

What workplace rules protect people with disabilities in their workplace regarding the Coronavirus?

Learn your workplace rights during the pandemic under the ADA. 

Are there any resources available to help my small business reopen, stay open or even thrive during the COVID-19 crisis?

Visit SCORE to see if they can help your business to survive and thrive during this critical time.

Are unemployment compensation benefits taxable?

Learn more about how unemployment benefits are taxed on the federal and state levels.

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COVID-19 Stimulus

Public Benefits

Managing Money

Housing, Food + Healthcare

National Disability Institute
Wells Fargo Foundation

The Financial Resilience Center was developed by National Disability Institute with generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

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