Found a new job but won't start for another month
(Saint Charles, MO)
I've been collecting unemployment benefits for a little over a month and a half after the business I was working for closed. I just recently got accepted for a job that should finally make ends meet. I'll be starting training in a week or so, but after a little over a week of training, the facility shuts down for 2 weeks for the holidays. Since I'm contract help, I won't be getting paid for those 2 weeks. I tried calling the Missouri Department of Labor to find out if I qualified for assistance from this point on, but the gal I was stuck talking to was about as useless as they come. She eventually told me that I should just keep filling out job applications and filing for unemployment the way I have been, but seeing as she didn't seem to know much about what she was talking about (it took her 10 minutes just to verify that I had in fact been receiving benefits..) I figured I'd see what others had to say about it. At the very least I plan on calling one of the other branches in the morning and asking for a supervisor and seeing if they're any more helpful.
Question: Will you be getting paid for the training period?
And you mentioned that you are a contract employee so I want to know if this job is through a staffing agency or directly through the employer that will be providing the training and then be expecting you to do the job you were trained for.
And one more question .. when this company shuts down for Christmas .. do you happen to know if it is paid time off or not?