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What happens when an employee of a flower shop (4 employees total) injures themselves at their own home & is unable to work & will never be able to perform the prior work duties. Do they get unemployment or is it as if they quit?

Unemployment insurance programs are administered by each state which establishes the procedure and eligibility requirements. In general, unemployment insurance provides unemployment benefits, i.e. wage assistance, to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

Unemployment eligibility is based on the reason for the separation, base period and wages earned. Each state has its own interpretation of “fault” for the separation as well as guidelines for the base period and wages earned.

Typically, an employee wouldn’t be eligible for unemployment benefits if he voluntarily resigned. However, some states have more lenient standards than others. For example, some states will award benefits to an employee who resigned due to not being able to perform work responsibilities because of an off the job injury. Terminating an employee may increase the chances of unemployment benefits eligibility, especially if the employee is able to work light duty but the employer has no light duty available.


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