Q: I’ve been collecting unemployment and have finally found a new job but I won’t start for three weeks. Can I continue to collect my unemployment for those three weeks? Do I need to provide the Department of Unemployment Assistance with any paperwork?
A: You should be commended on finding a new role in a very challenging employment market.
According to the Department of Unemployment Assistance, you are not required to notify them if you find a new job. You can “simply stop claiming weekly benefits,” according to their website. A useful link to visit is www.mass/gov/dua/ui.
I contacted Mark T. Wigler, Director, Field Operations, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Unemployment Assistance and he explains, “You are eligible to continue collecting unemployment compensation for the three weeks prior to your start date. However, you should stop claiming benefits after you first week of work in your new job.” Wigler adds “If you wish to reopen your claim, you will need to call the TeleClaim Center Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 6:30pm and Saturday, 8:00am – 1:30pm at 1-617-626-6800 or toll free at 1-877-626-6800 from area codes 351, 413, 508, 774, or 978.”