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Unemployment Insurance: Massachusetts

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Francis P. Morley


  • Most employers are subject to the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits are capped at 30 weeks, but are reduced to 26 weeks under certain circumstances. See Benefits.
  • Massachusetts has certain requirements for employers when a claim for unemployment benefits has been filed. There is also an appeal process and requirements when an employer disagrees with an approved claim. See Filing Claims.
  • Massachusetts has specific requirements regarding workplace posters and employee notification after separation. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Massachusetts has specific recordkeeping requirements for employers. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Massachusetts has special provisions regarding plant closings. See Plant Closings and Partial Plant Closings.
  • Massachusetts offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See WorkShare Program.