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I work in a business my family owns; can I collect unemployment insurance if I am laid off?

  • If you work for a sole proprietorship owned by your spouse or child, or owned by your parent or parents (if you are under age 18), then you cannot draw unemployment benefits based on that work.
  • If you work for a partnership comprised solely of your spouse or children, or comprised solely of your parents (if you are under age 18), then you cannot draw unemployment benefits based on that work, either.
  • A family member who works for a family corporation is  covered by unemployment benefits. In order to receive benefits, both the employer and the claimant must disclose to UIA the claimant's relation to the business owners.