Temporary layoffs, standby, and furloughs

Temporary layoff

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 4 weeks from the date of the request for a current employer. For a new employer, a request can be made within 2 weeks of an expected start date. Call the claims center at 800-318-6022 and speak to a claims agent to make the request.
  • Employers can request up to 4 additional weeks of standby after an employee’s initial request, not to exceed 8 weeks of standby for the worker’s claim. You can request standby on the form we send you called the Request for Separation Information.

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.

If you are placed on furlough you may apply for unemployment benefits and we will determine if you are 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