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Applying for New Hampshire Unemployment Benefits

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Can I continue to collect benefits because the Stay at Home order continues to be in effect?

Can I continue to collect benefits because the Stay at Home order continues to be in effect?

Yes, an individual may qualify for benefits if he or she is unable to reach the place of employment due to the state’s Stay-at-Home order or other type of travel restriction put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Can I continue to collect benefits if I refuse to return to work for my employer?

Can I continue to collect benefits if I refuse to return to work for my employer?

If you are asked by your employer to return to your job and you refuse because you want to continue to collect benefits, then you would not be eligible. However, if you are able to certify on your weekly claim that you continue to be unable to work due to one of the coronavirus related reasons allowed under the Federal CARES Act, including compliance with the Stay-at-Home order or other travel restriction, then you would be eligible to continue to collect benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act?

If you are able to self-certify as to being unable or unavailable to work because one of the following circumstances related to COVID-19 then you are eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal CARES Act:

  • Last week, did you have COVID-19 or did you experience symptoms and seek a medical diagnosis?
  • Last week, did a member of your household have COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you caring for a family or household member that had COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you caring for your child or other person for whom you have primary care-giving responsibility because their school or care facility is closed because of COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you unable to report to work because you were self-quarantined on the advice of a health care provider?
  • Last week, were you unable to report to work because you were self-quarantined at the direction of your employer?
  • Last week, were you out of work because you were supposed to start a new job which is still unavailable due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you out of work because your employer is closed due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you out of work because you have been temporarily laid off due to COVID-19?
  • Last week, were you unable to get to your place of employment because of government imposed stay at home order or travel restriction due to COVID-19?
  • Have you become the major source of income for your household because the individual that was the major source of income has died of COVID-19?  
  • Last week, were you out of work because you are self-employed and unable to conduct your business because of COVID-19?
  • Last week, did you quit your job due to health complications caused by COVID-19?
Am I eligible for benefits after the 2019-2020 school year is over if I have been certifying that I am unable to work because I am the primary caregiver for a child or other dependent and their school or daycare has been closed because of COVID-19?

After the current school year is over, if you are able to self-certify that the facility you rely upon to provide summer care for your child or dependent is closed as a direct result of COVID-19, then you would continue to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Am I eligible if I am self-quarantining? 

If you are self-quarantining and are able to certify on your weekly claim that you are doing this at the instruction of a health care provider, government official, or employer, then you would continue to be eligible for benefits.

What do I do if I am self-employed?

Self-employed are currently eligible for Unemployment Benefits. You will need either your 2019 federal tax return or 1099s. Don’t worry, if you don’t have either or have not yet filed your 2019 return. You can still submit your claim. If eligible you will receive the federal minimum benefit currently set at $167. This will also make you eligible for the Federal $600 payment. You can submit your tax return later when you file.

Don’t worry, if you don’t have either or have not yet filed your 2019 return you can still submit your claim. If eligible, you will receive the federal minimum benefit amount currently set at $167. This will also make you eligible for the Federal CARES Act $600 payment.

Am I eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

If you were working in regular employment or self-employment and are now unemployed or had your hours and earnings cut as a result of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment Benefits. Click on ‘File an Initial Claim’ and check out the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for more information.