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Losing Your Benefits - Don’t Make These Mistakes

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Now that you have unemployment benefits, don’t get too comfortable! Many people lose their unemployment daily by not following directions. Keeping your unemployment requires you to do several things like look for a job and report to your case worker regularly. Continue reading to find out what will reduce or end your benefits.

Your unemployment check will be reduced if:   You can lose your benefits if you don't do the following:
 
  • You collect a pension, including a Social Security
    If your weekly pension amount is equal to or greater than your weekly benefit amount, you won't receive any unemployment benefits.  
  • You still receive severance pay from your employer
    Your check will be reduced based on the amount of the severance pay.
  • You owe child support
    Your check may be cut by 25% if you owe child support. That money will be used for your child support payments.
  • You get wages from another job
    You can still get unemployment benefits if you have a part-time job, but the amount will be reduced based on your income.

 

  • Register as directed with a job service
    Your case worker will tell you when and where you need to register.  
  • Report each week, or as often as you're told to
    These meetings are important because they help your case worker track your progress.  
  • Actively look for a job and have proof that you're looking Unemployment Benefits are temporary. You must look for a job so you can get off of unemployment as soon as possible.  
  • Attend a training course, if you’re told to
    Training courses will give you job training. This training will help you find a job faster.

 

 

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This is true, also one thing that most jobs are not fit for them.

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I have been employed in 2 states for 5 years. Full time in GA, and part time in SC. My full time job laid me off and my part time job stop bringing me in for lack of work and fear of paying unemployment taxes. Since I live in SC, my part time employer is now paying employment taxes more than I made when working for them, because my full time job in GA was a good salary. Now that I am unemployed, and the SC job is paying taxes. They have offered me max 12 hours per week part time. Can I turn this offer down without losing my SC benefits? pretty much they are trying to screw me because they know I cant afford to only work 12 hrs, so if I refuse the job then they no longer have to pay taxes or pay me to work. I dont care about this employer because they obviously show no appreciation for the work I have performed for previous 5 years, BUT I do not want to lose my unemployment benefits.
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I received a tax statement for 2010 stating I received unemployment benefits in the amount of $582.00 in 2010 and I did not received any unemployment benefits in 2010 because I have been working part time since 2009. I don't even recognize the tax ID number on the statement. It is 43-1158662. Can you please help me with this as I don't want it to go on my account when I was not paid anything.
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I have been collecting unemployment benefiys for 5 months and have movedfrom oklahoma to texas to live with family(i have notified the unemployment of my move) I have been looking for a full time job that is what i was getting paid but no luck yet. I have been offered a part time at $8.00 per hour. Can i still receive my benefits and how do figure out how its reduced?
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Does anyone have any advice as to an alternative to Cobra Insurance? I just feel like it's way too expensive.
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I am 6 months pregnant and will be due in Februray, I will be leaving my job of two years for maternity leave in January 1/1/2011, but my Job has a contract that will end next year, so when I am ready to come back my job will no longer be available, can I get unemployment?
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I requested my retirement funds because it didnt amount to much soon after i got approved for unemployment. I just got my retirement check. How will this affect my check? will it cause me to lose my check for a week or all together?
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I am currently receiving unemployment in mississippi i requested my retirement fun before i started getting my checks its about 5000 dollars i just got that check today how does that affect my unemployment? does it ruin me for one week or all together
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i started receiving unemployment in california in july 09. will i be able to get an extension or is this affected by the recent action by congress to not extend benefits?

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I worked for the schools in michigan they laid me off in april and now they are calling me back at 2 bucks less pay and part time do i have to go back and if i dont will i lose my unemployment.

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Liondiehard, contact Michigan's unemployment agency and ask them what percentage of your last pay you are required to accept.

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I worked for my company for over 8 years and was unexpectedly fired last year. I filed for unemployment and have been collecting on it since June/July 2009. I have since then filled one extension and now I'm down to my last weeks from this extension. Does anyone out there know how long you can actually stay on unemployment. If there is multiple extensions you can file if you are still actively looking for a job?

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I have worked at my current employer since Jan 1, 2010 and have satisfied the minimum 20 weeks, as well as the minimum wage. I was laid off on June 8th 2010. During this time I earned $1000/week and have contributed to unemployment, or should I say my employer deducted it and contributed it. However, last year and for many years prior, I was self employed. I know I did not qualify for unemployment then, but if they only go off last years earnings it seems I may not qualify. Will they take the most recent quarter into account, or will I be out of luck? I did apply and am waiting to hear back. Thans for any help you may have.

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I have worked at my current employer since Jan 1, 2010 and have satisfied the minimum 20 weeks, as well as the minimum wage. I was laid off on June 8th 2010. During this time I earned $1000/week and have contributed to unemployment, or should I say my employer deducted it and contributed it. However, last year and for many years prior, I was self employed. I know I did not qualify for unemployment then, but if they only go off last years earnings it seems I may not qualify. Will they take the most recent quarter into account, or will I be out of luck? I did apply and am waiting to hear back. Thans for any help you may have.

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I've been on unemployment in Alabama (UI rate 11%) since last July and I was just about to enter Tier II. I've been part time freelance writing at a site that files 1099's so I've had to claim the little money I've made, and the unemployment office reduces my amount by how much I earned in a week..so this last week, I made 12 dollars MORE than my weekly claim amount and they shut down my claim 100% and are forcing me back into reclaiming a new file with the whole 3 week waiting period and everything and I don't even know I'm I'm approved yet. I was approved until November of this year but now that they shut down my claim, I'm not sure how that will work.

A note to the other honestly unemployed people out there: DON'T MAKE MORE MONEY IN YOUR PART TIME JOB THAN YOUR WEEKLY CLAIM AMOUNT OR THEY'LL SHUT YOU DOWN. %$#@ing ba%$#ds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I had started to work for a company and after a few weeks I complained to the owner about a co-worker bringing their dog in and the dog relieving itself in the office. The owner lives out of the area and came to the local office and had a meeting with the co-worker, another worker and myself. The owner advised the co-worker that she should discontinue this practice.

As several weeks passed, the co-worker continued to bring her dog in. During this time, I was offered a (new job for higher wages) and accepted it. Within 3 days, the employer advised me, I wasn't a fit for the company and let me go.

I filed for unemployment and was granted my benefits, from my first employer and not the second employer, who let me go. Several weeks later I was advised from unemployment, the first employer appealed my benefits. A couple of weeks later, I had my phone interview to appeal unemployment’s decision. During the appeal, the owner stated, the two co-workers, told her the dog never came back into the office. The hearing officer later ruled, that I left the company because of the sanitary conditions and said I never got back to the owner, to let the owner know, the incidents were still occurring.

I filed my written appeal, based on the fact that I left the employer because of being offered a (new position), with higher wages.
I received that decision back and unemployment stayed with the original decision of the hearing officer.

I feel, I want to take this to the circuit court to appeal unemployment's decision, based on the fact, I left for another job, and not all about the sanitary conditions.

Any Suggestions

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Ifreeman, if you have an attorney, contact them for advice. If you don't have an attorney, take a look at our article "Get Help Getting Unemployment" and start contactng the organizations listed on that page until you find someone in your area that can help you with free legal advice.

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I was termed for making "allegations" of threats from a co-worker. When he was termed, i went back to explain the situation to my employer more clearly(as he threatened me off premises). They then fired me for allegedly changing my story from what was previously reported(liars). Anyhow, I've filed for ui & was disqualified because of "misconduct" lol(yeah typical employer). I live in AR & was told by a friend to keep filing (after I serve my 8-week waiting prd, I'll automatically be qualified for benefits). What do you think? I would like to contact my local dws, but those gals don't seem to know much that would "benefit" me. I just want to know if there's still a chance to receive benefits(should I appeal or just go job hunting & pray for the best).

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Ivy, you should obviously be job hunting whether or not you get unemployment benefits. Your best bet is probably to appeal the decision. Take a look at our article "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of agencies that may be able to help you with your appeal.

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I've received a notice that the Sacramento Office of Appeals will be sending me notice of an appeal hearing because my former employer has appealed EDD's decision to find me eligible for unemployment. Here are the facts: I'm a military spouse that was employed with the same company for 3 years. When my husband received orders to relocate from San Diego to Sacramento last August I provided verbal notice 45 days from my last day of work on October 30, 2009. I also submitted a company resignation form at the end of September/beginning of October, as well as a personal resignation letter on October 16, 2009 that my last day was the end of October. My unemployment claim date began 12/27/09, when I was available for full-time work. I've been doing my due diligence in actively seeking employment and attending the mandatory EDD training. Do I have cause for concern in losing my claim to unemployment? Where do I seek council for representation for this hearing?

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Rianamon, I cannot tell you exactly how your state will rule, but it sounds like you have your bases covered. Take a look at our article "Get Help Getting Unemployment" for a list of agencies that can provide you with legal assistance.

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I am currently on Unemployment in CT, I have a opportunity to take a part time for 20 hours a week at 30/hour for a total of 600. I will be getting paid via 1099. How does this effect my unemployment I get of $ 532 per week?

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1hary, simply be honest about the hours you are working and the amount you are getting paid. If the amount you earn in a given week is greater than the amount you receive in unemployment benefits you will probably not qualify for benefits that week but you need to keep reporting every week since you will probably qualify for at least partial benefits in weeks where you earn less. Contact the CT Unemployment office and speak to them about the specifics of receiving partial unemployment.

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Hi everyone,
I need some help. I was approved for unemployment benefits and I am concerned that my benefits will be affected. My former employer called me to go and work for an assignment of four weeks. I was excited to hear from them and I tentatively accepted the job. But I now find out they want me to register with a temp agency and the temp agency will act as my employer

My concern is that 1) if I don't take the job will my benefits be denied, and 2) if I take the job with the temp agency can they make me work anywhere to avoid having to pay me unemployment benefits? I have received three weeks of benefits from UI.

Someone please help

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lilamont, You could put your benefits in jeopardy by turning down work. You should contact your state's unemployment agency and speak to them about your questions and concerns.

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Hi folks,
I recently became unemployed in Maine. Can someone please tell me how many searches are required weekly for my work search log? Also, how many days a week we're required to search for jobs? Do I need to speak with a manager to ask if a company is hiring? Do you need to request their permission to enter their names and company info on your work search log? There is so much I dont understand.

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Kimmar, these are questions that you need to ask your state's unemployment office directly. It is the only place where you can be sure that you are getting accurate information. Their contact number is 1-800-593-7660.

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Friday afternoon, i was approached by direct supervisor with what she called an offer. It is to move to our sister company to work with same pay but be on a 90 day probationary period. I have worked for this company for 5 years in January. I did recieve a write up about a month ago(first time). If i do not takethis offer i feel they are going to let me go due to what my supvisor stated that she does not evidence to keep anthor tech, the calls are just not coming in. I am one of the few senority employees left. If they are going to let me go, I just wish they would but i do not want to ruin my chances of unemployment benefits due to i turned downan "offer". Totally confused! What would you do? I just need advice. Thanks

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dconner71, In general, it's in your best interest to be wherever your job is most secure whether it is your present location or the sister location. You should contact your state's unemployment office and find out from them if you would be putting your eligibility for unemployment at risk by not accepting this offer. Choose your state from the list on our "Getting Unemployment" page to get started. If you decide not to take the transfer and are eventually let go due to lack of work, make sure you get that reason in writing from your employer.

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I was laid off of my last job eight months ago and I was recently offered a job that pays more than my last job, which should be good. However, this job is 60 miles out of town. If I took the job, the length of the commute and the resulting amount of time I would be away from home would mean my wife would have to quit her job in order to accomodate our children and their schedules, school and otherwise. This type of upheaval in our family dynamic is not desirable either to me or to my wife. All that being said, would I lose my eligibility for unemployment benefits in California if I were to turn this offer down?

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tazguy66, contact the state of California's unemployment office and ask them if you need to accept a job this far from home. Many states have a limit in the number of miles from home that you are required to accept a job but I do not know what the specifics are in California. You need to find out from them. Take a look at this page (http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Telephone_Numbers.htm) for a list of contact numbers.

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Does anyone know if you are on Indiana unemployment and you decide to try working a COMMISSION ONLY job as an independent contractor, i.e. you are NOT employed but are a 1099, will this eliminate your ability to receive any more unemployment? Thanks.

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unemployedThank.., you should contact your local unemployment office to find out what can affect your eligibility. Here's a list of state offices: http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment
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I have been receiving unemployment from Kansas for a few weeks. I was paid $16.95 hour when the business went under. My unemployment is
$243 week plus $25(?). I thought I had to accept any job I was offered due to the "have you refused work this week" question. I was offered a job at $9 hour with 25 hour weeks. The stress at this new job is really getting to me. It is a customer service job instead of my office assistant position I was at. It pays so little that I still qualify for unemployment. If I left this part time job would I loose all my benfits? I have only been there 2 weeks. I have been very actively looking for a more approbate position.

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MrSanza, This is a tricky question. In most states you are only required to accept a job making close to what your old job was paying you. In your case, you have already accepted the new job. You need to contact the Kansas Unemployment Insurance office and ask them this question. They should be able to provide you with a clear answer. Their contact information is available on this page: https://www.uibenefits.dol.ks.gov/ContactUs.asp

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I was employed by a CPA firm and was laid off in June. I qualified for unemployment and have been receiving regular benefits while I am actively looking for work. I have not been able to find a definitive answer to the following and, if anyone knows where I can find the answer, I would appreciate being directed to it:

If I start a new Corporation, and start collecting monthly bookkeeping fees from other small businesses as an independent contractor, and put the fees into the corporation, and work for the corporation without compensation until it becomes profitable after direct expenses, does the collection of the fees by the corporation which I own disqualify me to continue to receive unemployment benefits, even though I am working for the company without compensation?

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Bookkeeper, You need to contact the unemployment office in your state and ask them this question. Explain your situation to them and they should be able to give you a clear answer. Choose your state from the list on our "Getting Unemployment" page and you will be directed to the proper contact information. Here is the link: http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment

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I live in Florida, if I were to move to another state to look for work can I continue with my Florida unemployment until I find work<

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schdyldy, Every state is different. You need to contact the unemployment office in Florida and ask them if you can still receive unemployment compensation from them or if you would need to apply in your new state.

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I was receiving unemployment compensation EB and started employment at a temporary help firm.In seven weeks,I received one 40 hour work week.That 40 hours I worked was in my second week of employment,the remaining 4.5 to 5 weeks I was sent home 9 times or more(after 2 hours specifically 5 times,and 4 or 5 hours on other occassions),in which I verbally voiced my dispeasure about the lack of work to both the temp. service and the group leaders at the company I worked for.I was employed from 10/27/2008 to 12/10/2008,not one time did I volunteer to go home.During the month of December 2008 I received letters stating that I was qualified.One of those notices I was supposed to send the UIA all work performed since last receiving unemployment compensation,that information I neglected to send in to UIA. and 3 months past,I received a notice(03/12/2009) request for information relative to the possible disqualification and deniel of compensation.I provided that info. to cooperate with their request and gave specific info. stating I simply forgot to send them the form with work performed since last receiving benefits,along with the dates I was sent home early,and the reason for quitting.I quit work on 12/10/2008 for the following reasons;lack of work and for being sent home all the time and the fact that the situation showed no evidence of improvement.The job description on Michigan's Talent Bank advertized,40 hours,temp-to-hire after 60 days,Monroe,Mi.,and medical benefits after hire.None of the above was true.In fact many temps had been employed for up to 11 months.On 06/12/2009,I received a determination for the denial of benefits and restitution due for improperly receiving benefits in the ball park of approximately $7000.In the duration of that 3 month time period,I contacted UIA EB Unit several times,each time I contacted them I got different explanations that it took 6 weeks for a determination,a couple of times the phone operators told me 6 to 8 weeks,one said 6 to nine weeks.One of the conversations consisted of me asking them(UIA),what happens if I'm foung in the wrong and why I was given a check amount after certifying for benefits.They said by Law they could not deny the money until the investgation was done,then the explained that if I was in the wrong I would have to pay it all back.

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tko, you should contact an employment attorney in your area. Take a look at our article, "Get Help Getting Unemployment." Of the groups listed on that page, I would recommend contacting the the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and ask them to put you into contact with someone in your area who can help. This issue is most likely too complicated for you to handle without the help of a lawyer.

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Thank you for the insight,but I really don't have the money for an attorney.In approximately two weeks I might be homeless,so trying to afford an attorney will be next to impossible.

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tko, contact the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. They may be able to put you in touch with someone who can handle your case or give you a consultation for free or at a reduced rate. It can't hurt to try. Their contact info is available here: http://www.nlada.org/Resources/Contact

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I appolligize Carlos Torres if I came off a little abrupt.The situation I am facing right now is,I have no money for an attorney it would have to be pro bono.I had to cancel the $5.00 I had in my savings account,my automobile will not start because it is completely out of gas,that is not a joke it won't start,it is totally out,I am facing an eviction notice very soon so the only type of work I can except is within walking distance;note my feet are in terrible shape.The past two years I have had 4 job interviews and have been unable to recoup the money I used to make.Please refer me to a free attorney if there is such a thing.The website you gave me was good,but suggest a link,I am so desperate it is pathetic.Also,this is a very important question because I own my car,can the state take it to pay off the debt beause it is an asset.

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TKO, contact the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and ask them to put you in touch with an attorney or legal help agency in your area that will be willing to give you some free legal advice/representation. They should be able to give you more guidance than I am able to.

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I WAS RIP OFF OF MY UNE[LYEMENT THAT WAS OWE TO ME IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP ME??????????

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Jonathan, take a look at our article, "Get Help Getting Unemployment" located here:http://www.thebeehive.org/jobs/unemployment-101/getting-unemployment/get-help-getting-unemployment These are legal organizations that can help you with your unemployment benefit issues.

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I'm currently receiving unemployment in CA and want to take a sales job where I will be paid on commission only. It may take me 2 months to get an actually paycheck. Can I still receive unemployment during that time?

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I have the same question as Angie Marie. I do not see a response to her question anywhere. What if you take a commission only job that does not pay for several months? Can you still collect unemployment?

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I live in NY, I was laid off from a full time job in November. In July I moved into a place of my own and to cover moving expenses I worked a pt job for two weeks. The schedule was unpredictable and I was afraid that I would mess up my full time job so I quit. When I was laid off I told them about the pt job and now they are holding up my payments I have not been paid in over a month and a half and I have been looking for work. What can I do?

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