I have been claiming FL UE for 10 months, I can’t believe this economy. I still have some benefits available.
I have accepted a part time temporary job from a private company that will last 4 months. The pay is WAY over the UE weekly compensation.
How does one go about working this with the unemployment office? Should you just STOP reporting and then reopen it in 4 months? Should you let them know that you have a temp job? What is the procedure?
That’s exactly what I would do .. just stop reporting. The procedure to stop collecting is effortless, but starting back up is another matter.
Plus I see some things you might want to consider right now, so you can prepare for that moment 4 months away.
If the temp job is going to last for the next 4 months .. reopening probably won’t be an option .. because you’ve been collecting for 10 months already .. I’d say your benefit year will end before the temp job is over.
Take a look at your claim. What’s your BYE date?
Additionally, after 10 months of collecting .. I also know it’s possible you are collecting on an extension of benefits. So when you file that new claim .. your weekly benefit amount will not be the same because they will be looking at wages in a whole new base period for the new claim.
So the question now is whether you’ll even have enough wages to monetarily qualify and if so .. how much less your WBA would be.
For me though .. I would also be personally speculating about how much longer extensions are going to last .. and a few other little anomalies of a system designed to get people off of benefits as quickly as possible so it doesn’t collapse because it also failed to collect enough tax to fund the amount of benefits it’s paid out of late .. and given that there is little new job creation on which new taxes can be collected .. the problem is only deepening.
Normally, a person collecting and that takes temp job, wouldn’t want to have enough wages to qualify for a second benefit year because when the amount of wages earned from a temp job exceed the requirements to establish a “second and new benefit year” Your new weekly benefit amount will drop like a rock. That’s what everyone is complaining about.
Nonetheless, the current federal extension is due to expire in December and personally, I don’t think they will continue to extend .. because the feds are now borrowing to pay the extensions.
So, if you’re going to be making a lot more than even FL’s measly max benefit of 275 a week I say, count yourself lucky at this point .. because I think very soon, all the long term unemployed are about to be set adrift in a canoe with no paddles.
My advice .. take that temp job and be grateful (even though I don’t trust temp employers to be fair when you try to open a new UI claim:) and start thinking about gainful permanent employment in low supply, high demand job markets or ways to supplement your income through self employment using your existing employment skills.