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About Me aka Chris - Unemployment Tips.com 

My name is Chris because 

Unemployment-Tips.com isn't because I think of unemployment insurance as my personal vocation, but because I had a job .. as a unemployment appeal hearing coordinator for employers of all things.  The employers were simply the clients of the multiple UI third party administrators I worked for.  

Imagine that; a business that thrives by denying employees unemployment benefits, without regard to whether a denial would be the right, wrong, or indifferent thing to do while they search for suitable work.

My unemployment story began in 2006 while on an FMLA leave. I was told  my job would be eliminated on the same day I was supposed to return to work.   Becoming a redundant employee after an acquisition reminded me of how I once felt when .. TGIF meant something personal to me. 

It wasn't long though, before my employer asked me back to my job, only this time, it would be  as an employee of  a client who happened to be a temporary staffing agency.  Ugh!

Forgive me if I give the impression I thought I was actually good at my job, but when I heard I'd be a temp I'd have had to of been asleep on the job for close to a decade to not know how this temp staffing employer, treated it's "temp employees" right to file an unemployment claim.

the temporary job assignment was only supposed to last for six months .. "at the outside".

I gave thought to refusing the offer from my former employer, but of course I knew doing so, would likely raise the issue of why I refused suitable work.  Practicality kicked in, because if I wasn't able to think of an argument to continue actively collecting benefits .. I needed a job. 

Clearly, I couldn't find a quasi-legal argument for myself, and  if I coulda .. I woulda. 

Has your former employer raised non-compliance with the eligibility issue to involve knowing what makes a job once suitable .. unsuitable?  Did you refuse an offer of suitable employment?   

Nearly three years later, and still a fringe benefitless temp employee  in 2009,  I believed I'd finally been handed some good cause to quit the temp assignment I could work with.   But luckily, the staffing agency, and yes, my former third party UI claim administrator employer, must of mistook me for someone who didn't learn a thing about UI and how it works .. over the many years I advised employers about what I needed from them to help them win a hearing.

What can I say now .. except it felt really good to prevail for a claimant finally .. all the way through my employer's appeal to the board of review.

Fast forward to 2018.  Although my husband can still hear me harp about proving a burden, instead of adding unnecessary embellishments to one,   I'm happy to report, my husband and I have both retired from the very notion, that to survive to our satisfaction, we have to be at-will employees.  

We choose our work now .. because work, when you feel strongly about work, or  toward  for something, is still a purpose we need each day.

Working at being self employed began in 2009 for me.    It was a big decision, but a necessary one that's so easy to put off for a better time in the future.

But like they say .. the future never comes.

My husband also came to the realization when I wasn't expecting it, because too quit his full-time job in 2015, but then he wasn't expecting to have a heart attack either.

When I explained the burden of quitting without the advice of a physician, or an employer's unreasonableness to accommodate medical restrictions he would likely be denied unemployment if he didn't care, because he believed he did the right thing for himself .. even if he had access to on demand free unemployment advice.

We now live on the  Western Slope of Colorado, with Bernie, our mini-schnauzer, and three chickens who seem happy to trade eggs for living pampered lives in our backyard.

As for why the tips our here .. it seemed like a good way for me to practice and hopefully learn how to build a website .. before I tried in earnest, to build a business online that would put a smile on my face more often. 

Chris

C'est La Vie ..  live and learn


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