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Old 11-21-2010, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Nevada
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Can I collect unemployment if laid off from an on call job? For example, i work on call for a catering company, but i only work like 4-5 days a month, yet those 4-5 days pay well. I'm hearing talk in my company of lay offs of most of the call workers.

so If i'm laid off, I can collect?
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:52 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Although I cannot speak for all states, my state (WA) bases unemployment payments on certain base quarter earnings taken from five to eight quarters back.

That means even if you worked every single day this year and got laid off, if you didn't have sufficient earnings in the base quarters they use--from last year--you cannot qualify for unemployment.

So just being laid off from a job or fired or whatever isn't the whole story. You have to have enough earned income from their target quarterly calender range to be able to collect, unemployed or no.

In WA you have to have 650 paid hours per qualification period to be eligible for unemployment.

I hope you were working last year?
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Can I collect unemployment if laid off from an on call job? For example, i work on call for a catering company, but i only work like 4-5 days a month, yet those 4-5 days pay well. I'm hearing talk in my company of lay offs of most of the call workers.

so If i'm laid off, I can collect?
In addition to the amount of time you worked in the prescribed quarters as noted by azoria, your eligibility for unemployment benefits will also depend on how you were paid.

If you were paid via 1099 (which is sometimes the case with on-call jobs), your employer made no contribution to the unemployment insurance fund -- accordingly, you cannot claim benefits. If you were paid via W-2, your employer was required to contribute to the UI fund, and you may be eligible for benefits -- if you meet the state's other criteria.
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Old Today, 08:24 PM
 
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my boss got me as on call but never calls me. is it possible I could apply for unemployment?
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Old Today, 08:26 PM
 
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You can always apply, and you should, but whether you collect, there isn't enough information to tell you what your probabilities are.
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