To claim benefits, you need to have earned enough money during your "base
year." The base year is the first four quarters of the last five completed
quarters at the time your claim is filed. The money you made during your base
year determines, in part, if you can collect UC and how much you can collect.
And, you have to have been working at a job that's covered by Pennsylvania's UC
UC is for people who lost a job because of something that wasn't their
fault. If you're out of work because your employer had to make cutbacks, close
an office, went out of business or something you couldn't control, it's possible
that you will be eligible to collect UC.
If you're out of work because you quit, you might not be eligible for UC.
If you were fired from your company, you might not be able to collect UC.
Finally, you must be able and ready to return to work (either to your old
job or a new one) to claim UC. For claims with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2012
or later, you'll also have to actively seek work during each week that you claim
Section 402.1 of the Law limits the eligibility of school employees.
Please review Section 402.1 (beginning on page 99) of the PA UC Law
to see how it may affect your eligibility.