Can I collect unemployment after being hired but before starting work?

I've been on unemployment in Massacusetts for about 6 months. I recently signed an official job offer and non-compete from my company, however, my first day of work isn't for another 2 weeks. Can I collect unemployment those 2 weeks?

Asked By: Marc D - 11/17/2009
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Yes, you can. UIA base your unemployment compensation on your income. Because you have been hired but have not received a check, you may need to talk to their customer service representative that handles claims, when you report this next time (be sure you call or report on your usual day), because if you report to... More
Answered By: Helpful in Michigan - 11/17/2009
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dont think so..
Answered By: ron h - 11/17/2009
Hello! As far as I am aware, you can collect until you begin to receive wages. You should be just fine. To be on the safe side, I would notify unemployment now that you will begin work in two weeks. This way you will not have to worry about it while learning a new job. Congratulations by the way. It's not easy to find... More
Answered By: Ellen - 11/17/2009
Yes you can! You can collect till you actually get paid.
Answered By: cyndiann - 11/17/2009
yes,keep a record of what day you started,,hours worked,,,,,weekly gross wage,,when doing bi weekly report to the state,put job poop on the right line,,,you may get a partial check or credit,,,,nothings done until you start work
Answered By: rogelio - 11/17/2009
Yes, you are still eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Make weekly report though to your state unemployment agency of the wages received from the new job.
Answered By: Rodney - 11/17/2009
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