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Are Temporary and Seasonal Employees Eligible for Unemployment When Their Assignments End?

Magazine article HRMagazine

Are Temporary and Seasonal Employees Eligible for Unemployment When Their Assignments End?

Article excerpt

People are often surprised to discover that temporary or seasonal employees may still qualify for unemployment benefits under certain circumstances.

The terms "seasonal" and "temporary" may be used interchangeably to mean employees with a short, but defined, period of employment.

Some states do exempt casual labor-for example, someone hired to wash windows for a day-from receiving unemployment benefits. Other exceptions include students employed by state and local governments as seasonal or temporary employees and temps hired to respond to emergency situations such as storms, floods or forest fires.

To determine if an employee may be eligible for unemployment benefits, it's important to first understand base periods and the minimum-qualification requirements in the state, as well as the conditions that may disqualify someone from receiving benefits.

Generally, anyone who is no longer performing services for compensation may file an unemployment claim after he or she meets certain requirements, including earning a minimum level of compensation during the base period. Although the base period is defined by each state, it generally consists of the earliest four of the last five complete quarters of the calendar year; thus, it doesn't include the most recent quarter of employment. …

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