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It is sometimes possible for a person to apply for unemployment benefits when an employer has reduced their hours or is not giving them work, despite being available to work. However, one of the requirements is that you must be able to show you're not working through no fault of your own. If your employer asked you to do something that you refused to do, and the request wasn't something so outside your job description that the request is unreasonable, then you unfortunately wouldn't be eligible for unemployment. For example, if they asked you to do maintenance work while not cooking and you refused, that wouldn't be your fault. But if the extra work they requested is related to your job preparing mean, you wouldn't be eligible.
Often the best option in this scenario is to speak to your employer about whether they intend to allow you to come back to work and start looking for another job, just in case.
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