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Old 03-14-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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How do unemployment benefits work if I have one part time job already since going on unemployment, but I've been recently hired for another part time job?

Since there's only one space for one part time job, do I keep claiming for the first part time job that I originally had until the benefits run out?
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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In my opinion, you shouldn't have taken the first part time job let alone the second.

They do nothing but mess up or complicate your claim.

Report the earnings, and you're going to have to call the UE people to see what to do, but I caution you that you may be heading for trouble. If the two part time jobs add up to close to 40 hours/week, you just might find yourself getting disqualified as unable and unavailable the same way a full-time student might be without prior approval to attend classes because you have no time to look for work, or because you no longer meet your state's definition of "unemployed" because you're working enough hours in their eyes regardless of the crappy pay.

This is from NJ's unemployment PDF:

To be eligible, you must not be employed for more than 80%
of the normal hours worked in the occupation (e.g., if a 40
hour week is common in your occupation, you may be able
to receive benefits if you work 32 hours or less).

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Old 03-14-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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In my opinion, you shouldn't have taken the first part time job let alone the second.

They do nothing but mess up or complicate your claim.

Report the earnings, and you're going to have to call the UE people to see what to do, but I caution you that you may be heading for trouble. If the two part time jobs add up to close to 40 hours/week, you just might find yourself getting disqualified as unable and unavailable the same way a full-time student might be without prior approval to attend classes because you have no time to look for work, or because you no longer meet your state's definition of "unemployed" because you're working enough hours in their eyes regardless of the crappy pay.
I've already had the first part time before I went on unemployment. I've always had two jobs--one full-time and one part-time, but I was laid off from my full-time job, prompting me to go get unemployment.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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Let us know how it works out.

In my opinion then, you should have been looking for a replacement full-time job, and it is your right to refuse unsuitable work, and a part-time job is a poor substitute for the full-time job that you lost.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I've already had the first part time before I went on unemployment. I've always had two jobs--one full-time and one part-time, but I was laid off from my full-time job, prompting me to go get unemployment.
I remember your situation. What did NJ grant you in the way of benefits?
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:47 PM
 
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Let us know how it works out.

In my opinion then, you should have been looking for a replacement full-time job, and it is your right to refuse unsuitable work, and a part-time job is a poor substitute for the full-time job that you lost.
I still AM looking for a full-time job. My field of graphic design is very competitive and jobs in the South Jersey area are very scarce. In the meantime, two part time jobs will have to do. I don't know my schedule for my new job yet, but I might be able to get off unemployment if the hours are good.

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I remember your situation. What did NJ grant you in the way of benefits?
I called the unemployment office and explained my situation. In 15 minutes, I was finished. They canceled the new claim I accidentally made at the beginning of the year and continued my existing claim.
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