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Old 03-13-2010, 11:34 PM
 
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I am registered with a company that only has temp work from September through November and if I am LUCKY, I can get online when their schedule opens in August and grab a full time schedule for the approximately 10 weeks of work. Some of those weeks, I may be without even one day of work but if lucky, other weeks I can grab many days and possibly get myself from 20 to 40 hours for the week.

I have never been on unemployment, so please excuse my naivity on the matter. How does this work with unemployment, if I am still unemployed at that time? Do I continue to file my weekly unemployment claim and simply let them know what, if any income I have made for the week?

In Arizona, it is not difficult to go beyond the state $240 weekly benefit, so I know that if I work 2 days, I will exceed their total (even with the FAC).

When you start a job that you know is temp and has a deadline, under those conditions, you do not ask unemployment to close your case and rather inform them of the POSSIBLE temp work and continue to file your weekly claims? AND (whew) does that then truncate your benefits?? Whereas you had 26 weeks, now you will only have 24 weeks, if you worked two of those weeks and collected no unemployment? (hope I'm not making this sound as confusing as it is in my head) or do they simply continue to give you the option of having 26 weeks in total if you do not find permanent work after the temp job?
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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I am registered with a company that only has temp work from September through November and if I am LUCKY, I can get online when their schedule opens in August and grab a full time schedule for the approximately 10 weeks of work. Some of those weeks, I may be without even one day of work but if lucky, other weeks I can grab many days and possibly get myself from 20 to 40 hours for the week.

I have never been on unemployment, so please excuse my naivity on the matter. How does this work with unemployment, if I am still unemployed at that time? Do I continue to file my weekly unemployment claim and simply let them know what, if any income I have made for the week?

In Arizona, it is not difficult to go beyond the state $240 weekly benefit, so I know that if I work 2 days, I will exceed their total (even with the FAC).

When you start a job that you know is temp and has a deadline, under those conditions, you do not ask unemployment to close your case and rather inform them of the POSSIBLE temp work and continue to file your weekly claims? AND (whew) does that then truncate your benefits?? Whereas you had 26 weeks, now you will only have 24 weeks, if you worked two of those weeks and collected no unemployment? (hope I'm not making this sound as confusing as it is in my head) or do they simply continue to give you the option of having 26 weeks in total if you do not find permanent work after the temp job?
Every state is different when handling working while collecting unemployment. About 6 months ago, I was called by a recruiter about a 3-month temp only position. Needless to say, I interviewed for the job and wasn't considered, but before that, I called the unemployment people in Pennsylvania (where I live) and asked them about taking on a temp assignment and collecting unemployment. They told me that as far as wages are concerned, I was able to collect up to 40% of my weekly benefit amount under the guise of a Partial Benefit Credit. So, if I make $300 for example, I can work and get up to $120 and not have it affect my unemployment. Any more than that, and unemployment will only make up the difference up to the $300. I was also told that when you open an unemployment claim, your claim is active for one year from date of activation. So, if I had gotten the temp job, worked three months, then was let go, I could go back to collecting unemployment benefits because my being let go wasn't due to something I did, it was a termination of the temp. agreement, per se. But remember, the clock is ticking on your unemployment benefits. If you have a 26-week state unemployment claim, and during that time, you work 5-6 weeks making enough so that you can't claim unemployment, those are 5-6 weeks that you will not be able to get unemployment on are gone, and can't be made up.

If you do start temping, then you will need to let unemployment know you are getting wages and how much. From there, they can determine whether you get any of your unemployment benefits, or none during your time temping. Each state has it's own rules and guidelines for this, check with your state unemployment for more detailed information.
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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Thank you Wabbitstu (funny, do you keep rabbits?)

I know my claim gives me 26 weeks and a year to use it in but wasn't sure how the details bare out. Arizona is a very poor UI state as they go and I know that I get only a $30 grace amount (meaning, if I make $30 for the week, I still get my entire UI benefit but anything beyond that and I quickly lose the benefit, really a small amount, who, even at minimum wage is only going to make $30 for the week if they find some kind of work...even part time is more than that).
I'll try to track down some friends who are on UI in AZ as I met a lot of them at my last temp job...little did I know, I should have applied back in September of 2009 when I had little to no work. Yikes.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:06 PM
 
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Thank you Wabbitstu (funny, do you keep rabbits?)
No, it's from a Looney Tunes cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. It's the one where Elmer brings Bugs home in a basket mentioning making "wabbit stew" only to have Bugs convince Elmer he has got a disease called "wabbititis".
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Oh yes, that's a classic...I misread it and thought it read Rabbits too or Rabbits two
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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You might want to visit your state unemployment website and browse through the links. It's possible many of your questions could be answered.

https://www.azdes.gov/landing.aspx?id=4211

In Wisconsin, $30 is deducted from part time wages, 67% of remainder is deducted from UI benefit and you are paid that figure after the deduction plus your wages. Each state calculates differently.
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