Temporary layoffs, standby, and furloughs
In the event of a temporary layoff where the employer plans to rehire an employee (or group of employees) on a specific date, we may approve a request to place the worker or a group of workers on standby. Standby waives the job-search requirements while workers are collecting unemployment benefits during the approved standby period.
To qualify for standby, the worker must have been a full-time employee, be returning to full-time work and have a definite return-to-work date within eight weeks.
To request standby:
- Workers can request standby approval for up to four weeks from the last day worked. Call the claims center at 800-318-6022 and speak to a claims agent to make the request.
- Employers can request standby for up to eight weeks from the last day the employee worked. You can request standby on the form we send you called Notice to Employer: Claimant's Separation Statement (standby sample - PDF, 967 KB).
If we deny your standby request, we will notify you and you have the right to appeal our decision.
Furloughs are a form of temporary layoff that may consist of a complete stoppage of work or reduced work hours over a period of time (for example, a reduction of one day a week for a year).
Since unemployment benefits are determined on a weekly basis, full-time workers whose hours of work are reduced by one work day each week usually will not be eligible for partial unemployment benefits because they earn too much in the week to be eligible.
More information for employers
Claimant separation statement | Notice to base year employer | What we need from you | How we decide on worker benefits | Appeal an unemployment tax decision | Employer FAQs - benefit claims process | Employer FAQs - general | Contact information for employers