If I Need to Stop Working for Health Reasons, Can I Collect Unemployment?
Usually, if you have to resign for medical or health reasons, the DUA will consider it involuntary for purposes for benefits.
However, to collect unemployment you have to be able and available to work. If the medical issue is something that keeps you from doing your job but would not keep you from doing a different job, you should be able to collect as long as you are still looking for work.
If you can't work at all, you should consider instead of resigning applying for leave and benefits under the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act ("PFMLA"). If you have already resigned, and it has been less than 26 weeks since your resignation, you can still apply for PFMLA benefits.
Learn more here about Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave.
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