Unemployment Insurance: Massachusetts
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Francis P. Morley
- Most employers are subject to the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law. See Employer Coverage.
- Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
- Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
- Unemployment benefits are capped at 30 weeks, but are reduced to 26 weeks whenever there is a program for extended benefits. See Benefits.
- Massachusetts has certain requirements for employers when a claim for unemployment benefits has been filed. There is also an appeal process and requirements when an employer disagrees with an approved claim. See Filing Claims.
- Massachusetts has specific requirements regarding workplace posters and employee notification after separation. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
- Massachusetts has specific recordkeeping requirements for employers. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
- Massachusetts has special provisions regarding plant closings. See Plant Closings and Partial Plant Closings.
- Massachusetts offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See WorkShare Program.