Originally Posted by lunasmom
All state laws are slightly different...however you can still work a job, even if its web site consulting, and get unemployment. The difference is that you won't receive the full unemployment benefits that you would get without any income.
That's correct. Several years ago I had lost my job and was looking for another one. I had been offered a job but the hourly rate that was very close to the minimum wage at the time and it wasn't enough for me to live on.
What happened is that I had to report my income from the job on each UIC card that I got, and when I got my UIC they had deducted what I made from the job and just gave me the difference. It was to go on like that until my UIC claim ran out or I found a different job.
But had I turned down that job, even if it didn't pay me enough money, I would have lost my UIC benefits completely.
I did manage to find a different job before my claim ran out.
UIC is a bear!
Back in January 1994 I found myself unemployed. January is a horrid month to be looking for work. People are on vacation, paying off Christmas debts, autopac etc. Plus I had intentions of returning to school later in the year (August).
I worked in the legal field as a legal assistant/paralegal, and there were absolutely no jobs! I cold called every single firm in the city and left them a resume and I pestered the heck out of all of them! Got an interview or two but for areas of law that I wasn't very familiar with and they wanted someone with more experience in those particular areas.
That March I started to take evening classes at the local University in preparation of Nursing School in August. My classes were during Spring Intersession and were from 7pm to 10pm 3 days per week for 3 1/2 months.
On the UIC cards it asked about school. I indicated that I was attending University classes in the evening. The buggers cut me off! They claimed that I wasn't available for work 24/7, 7 days per week and because of that I wasn't entitled to UIC!!!
My "trade" was a secretary. And every secretary job that I ever had in a law firm was Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, and I was available for work during those hours. But UIC didn't see it that way.
I finally contacted the Minister in Ottawa who was in charge of UIC and explained my situation. I told him that I was available to work Monday to Friday during the day as required for a secretarial position and that it was unreasonable for UIC to tell me that I could not continue to go to evening classes which were outside the scope of the hours I would be working in an office. He agreed with me.
It was with his help that my UIC benefits were reinstated and I was able to continue to go to evening classes and finally to Nursing School (with student loans, which is another story altogether!!)
I do agree that if you may run into some problems with UIC if you are doing consulting work for an employer who just laid you off. They might wonder why they can't just rehire you.