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.

 

If, however, you work for a corporation more than 50% of whose shares are owned by you, or by your child or spouse, or any combination of these, benefits are limited to 7.5 weeks. Or, if you work for a corporation more than 50% of whose shares are owned by your parents and you are under age 18, benefits are limited to 7.5 weeks.