Market Basket workers may be ineligible for jobless benefits
The jobs of hundreds of New Hampshire workers are in question this week, as Market Basket said workers needed to be back on the job Monday; the company has said it will seek replacements for those who don’t show up to work.
Over the last couple of weeks, workers have been seen in stores standing around with little to do. Some hold signs outside the stores, but it’s unclear if they’re on a scheduled shift or on their own time.
But if an employer cuts hours or lays off workers, a worker is generally eligible for unemployment, he said.
Meanwhile, Market Basket worker Susan Miller of Amherst contacted the New Hampshire Union Leader to say her hours have been reduced from 30 to 10 since co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch took over Market Basket last month.
“I am not scheduled for the rest of the week unless I am called by my manager to report to work,” she said.
Miller said Thornton and Gooch are creating an atmosphere of chaos.
Laid-off workers currently on unemployment are required to prove they contacted five potential employers every week, Copadis said.
The unemployment office would not require a worker on unemployment to attend the Market Basket job fair, he said.
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