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Is there such a thing as "under"employment insurance?

Based on the current COVID-19 situation, our employer is cutting the hours of full-time staff (those still employed) from 40 to 32 hours per week. Just wondering if there was any government program that helps with the difference in pay for that situation?

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, but it's called unemployment insurance. It's the same program, just a more complicated calculation and a smaller benefit. Also, if you're still working 32 hours a week, you probably don't qualify. The requirements vary from state to state, but typically your hours need to be reduced to part time and, depending on the state, you need to be working 3 or fewer days a week or need be making either less than a certain dollar amount or less than a certain fraction of what you used to make or less than what the unemployment benefit is.

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  • 2 months ago

    Apply for FPUC. They'll make a determination on your case.

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  • Judy
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    2 months ago

    If you were cut from 40 to 8 hours, in most states you'd b eligible for partial unemployment, but usually not for a cut from 32 to 40. You could apply and see what they say.

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  • 2 months ago

    you can apply for partial unemployment.  You do this on the unemployment website for your state. 

    - we don't know the rules in your state, but in most states you have to have more than a 25% reduction in income, which you won't have. 

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