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Hassan urges Market Basket workers to apply for jobless benefits

While the change to some 8,000 Market Basket part-timers may not technically be a layoff, because the jobs will remain even though they are not working or being paid next week, the workers are still eligible for unemployment compensation.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan called the cutbacks “troubling” and urged workers to apply for jobless benefits. ...

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While the change to some 8,000 Market Basket part-timers may not technically be a layoff, because the jobs will remain even though they are not working or being paid next week, the workers are still eligible for unemployment compensation.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan called the cutbacks “troubling” and urged workers to apply for jobless benefits.

“Market Basket is important to our state’s economy and plays a critical role in our communities for both employees and consumers, providing fair living wages to its employees and affordable products to its customers. I have been heartened by the support I have seen across New Hampshire for this New England tradition and by the value New Hampshire citizens place on their neighbors being treated and paid fairly,” she wrote in a statement. “The reports about these reductions in hours are incredibly troubling, as many of these dedicated employees have been showing up for work and clearly value the company’s past, present and future.”

The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security has been distributing materials to Market Basket stores in anticipation of something like this, said Department Commissioner George Copadis.

The department’s web page has a large notice for “Market Basket / Demoulas Associates and Employees,” saying “If your hours have been reduced or you have been laid off, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.”

“Anybody who feels they could possibly have a claim, should file a claim with us,” Copadis said. “We encourage everybody to file online.”

Claims can be filed online at www.nhes.nh.gov, or in person at the Nashua office, located at 6 Townsend West. The office is available by telephone at 603-882-5177.