This is unfortunately a bit of past history, but I am still confused over something. Sadly, my job of over 20 years was lost to downsizing. In the following months (the next year, actually), I was offered, and accepted, two contract assignments, ironically, from the company that downsized us.
The assignments occurred just a couple months apart from each other. Luckily, I had satisfied the requirements (enough hours/earnings) to reopen my unemployment claim for help while I continued looking for a job.
Upon visiting my local employment office, I was told the claim was reopened based on the strength of the first contract job; the second, which, ironically, required much more work, did not even factor into the equation.
Believing that since both were done on the same benefit year, I did not initially think I could reapply on the second claim. But later I got a sinking feeling that I missed out on continued benefit help.
Hope this isn’t too confusing, but could that second contract assignment have still helped me? The good news is that I did qualify for the emergency benefit extensions — just wondered whether one would have necessarily cancelled out the other. Thanks for all your time!
I’d love to help you understand, but I missing some information.
This is a “monetary” question and monetary answers need dates of employment, filing dates, and in your case past claim information and of course what state we’re talking about.
I have a sneaking suspicion though that what you might be confused about is the base period.
Even though whether we get unemployment or not is decided on the merits of the reasons for separation from the “most recent work”, it is the earnings or “wage credits” you have accumulated in your base period that are considered to calculate your weekly benefit amount.
If the last contract job was not included it’s probably because most states first use this base period – The first four .. of the last five .. completed quarters. The base is determined relative to the date you file.
In other words, anyone filing for unemployment between 10/1 and 12/31 of 09 will have a base period of 4/1/08 through 3/31/09 .. even those laid off on 12/30/09 and file on 12/31/09.
Some states do have “alternative” or “extended” base periods, but they are used when the old stand-by fails to produce enough wages to qualify.
Did this help? Or do you think you will be forever scratching your head:)
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