How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Vermont?

There is no minimum amount of time or wages an employer has to meet in order to qualify under unemployment compensation.

To qualify for UI in VT, you must have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period. Your total base period earnings must be at least 1.4 times your HQW.

The minimum required HQW in VT is $2,312 and the minimum total base period earnings is $3,237.

Vermont offers alternative base periods.

  1. considers the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period (instead of first four)
  2. or, if you still do not qualify, considers the last three quarters of the base period plus any wages earned in the weeks of the quarter in which the UI claim is filed.

VT does not offer an extended base period.

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