Am I eligible for unemployment?

My employer, Kmart is closing and if you are over 50 yrs of age with 10 yrs of service they are classifying you as "retirement-unit closing" rather than just store closing or unemployed. I have asked more than one person at JFS and no one seems to be able to tell me if this will make me ineligible for unemployment benefits. I am 56 and have worked there 37 yrs. I cannot afford to retire and have no pension.

1 answer  |  asked May 4, 2016 3:08 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Christina Royer
Hello!

If K-mart is letting you go as part of a store closing, you should be eligible for unemployment compensation. The standard for getting benefits is whether the termination is your "fault," meaning did you bring it on yourself?

Because a store closing is beyond your control, there is no "fault" on your part that would justify a denial of benefits.

Once a claim is allowed, you have to meet the eligibility requirements each week by looking for work and providing the relevant information to ODJFS by answering the questionnaires.

I hope this helps!
Chris

posted by Christina Royer  |  May 5, 2016 06:14 AM [EST]

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