Can you believe that I might have been able to get unemployment benefits all this time since I lost my job last winter? It kept bugging me that My employer had replaced me when it was his own suggestion that I take a leave of absence due to difficult child's court requirements - especially when I kept hearing about family leave rights and so forth- but I had been told that I wouldn't qualify for unemployment because I had been on a leave of absence when replaced. When I went back to my employer to tell him I could come back to work full time, on salary, with same benefits I'd had before, that's when he told me he'd replaced me with two part-time, temp people and couldn't bring me back because it wouldn't be fair to them. Anyway, just to be sure (and thinking I'd waited too long even if I could have qualified before), I called the employment commission today and she said she couldn't go back until last year but she could put a claim in for me that would start this week if approved. I'll find out next week if it is approved.