Re: collecting unemployment

Subject: Re: collecting unemployment
From: Beth Friedman <bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2001 15:33:34 -0500

In our previous episode at 02:26 PM 9/4/01, m w wrote:

I am facing the possibility of being laid-off over the
next couple of weeks. The last time I was downsized,
I opted to not collect unemployment, as I felt that
since I was a contract employee, it would not be
appropriate to do so.

With the economy still struggling, I may try to apply
for unemployment this time around.

Any thoughts?

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, states may vary, and it's been at least 10 years since I had an practical experience with the situation

The ability to apply for unemployment, as I understand it, is not a moral decision, but a legal one. If you have been working on a true contracting job (1099 vs. W-2) for long enough, you are probably not eligible for unemployment benefits. That's one of the subtler downsides of contract work. On the other hand, if you were a W-2 employee of a contracting agency, you should be eligible for unemployment compensation.

I've been on unemployment once, and it was very helpful -- both the money and the Job Service. And the need to show attempts at finding a job were pretty good for keeping me motivated to do a reasonable amount of job searching.

Beth Friedman / bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com
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