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Hello Brian!

I am an HOURLY employee in PA.
I work at a boarding school.
The school is shut down for the Winter Holidays. All employees, hourly and salaried, are away from their offices for the last 2 weeks of December.

I am also laid off in the first week in January, but the school is then re-opened and all other employees are back at work.

My question:
Am I eligible for unemployment compensation for the two December weeks when everybody else is out of the office, or  am I eligible only in the first week of January?

Thank you.



Based on the limited info you provided, I would think you are eligible for all three weeks.  The reason is you sound "available for work"  but there is no work scheduled.

Open a claim for unemployment starting December 21st  ( I assume as you mentioned the boarding school is closed last 2 weeks) the day your work ended due to  "No Available Work"  Here is a link to the electronic claim process:

On Left side under TOP PAGES   go down to  link for   FILE INITIAL CLAIM

You will likely need to set up an account and enter info about your boarding school employer.  Next, you will answer questions about your work and how you came to find yourself out of work due to the school closing for holidays.   Just like the lottery,  you have to play to win; and like Unemployment,  you should open a claim to get the UC benefits you earned if you are eligible for them.   No open claim, no benefits.  I think you have a waiting week, so on Monday 28th, you would go online and start the claim process.

I hope this helps.  Rate my answer and ho ho  ho.


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