A Labor Market Trend Toward Temporary Work Can Cause You  Problems with Collecting Unemployment Benefits 

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I've heard there are employees who appreciate the idea of being able to find temporary work because it makes them feel as if they have choice about what jobs they work and when.

However when it seems to be the only kind of work you're able to find, accepting your first temporary work assignment can end up feeling more like you were tricked into an unending employment loop of one temp assignment after another with no way to escape.

According to surveys conducted by and for HR professionals .. the trend toward hiring temps is not going to go away, but is expected to grow because renting, leasing employees eliminates the tax burdens for businesses including the burden of paying unemployment taxes on your earned wages.

They've even coined a new term for just for you, "on demand workers".

 Temporary Work Warning

From the perspective of unemployment benefits, there is no other type of employer I would personally not want to work for again than a temporary staffing agency because few act similarly to kind-hearted and socially moral  "Dave", a small temp agency owner hoping everyone to end up permanently employed ..

Instead, how this industry that rents it's employees out, comes across In the real world terms as one responsible for SUTA dumping laws and pushing it's own agenda in the form of a special unemployment law provision that adds a wrinkle to voluntary quit provisions .. just for temp employees.

See Table 5-7 for a list of states with a "special" voluntary quit provision.

Protecting Your Right to Unemployment Benefits During and After a Temporary Assignment

So, I think it would be wise if every temp employee were aware of a crucial .. I repeat, CRUCIAL  practice of requesting additional temp assignments via email, so as to aid an unemployment department to see the truth, that you complied with law to combat a standard response from a temp agency that you voluntarily quit without good cause because you didn't contact them per their employee rules, or per the provision in law within a specified amount of time.

Believe me, even if you call, there's nothing like an email with the "sent date and time" to verify you understood what was said in a conversation correctly, to undermine a faulty response from a temporary staffing company with a pegged out unemployment experience tax rating .. thanks to all those lack of work claims being reopened in between temp assignments.


It is especially useful for documenting your actions and the employers by following up with your understanding of any verbal conversations.

 Just clarifying you understood what was told you on a phone call in a document called an email,  can be used to rebut testimony you failed to contact for additional temporary work.

Not accepting an additional assignment because you thought it was not  suitable work can be an issue of UI law used by a temp agency to protest your return to collecting benefits for for what is a legitimate lack of work claim.

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