I was approved for unemployment then it was put on hold.

by Jody
(Kansas)

I was looking for work and found a place that had a great opening but only hired through a temp agency. I applied and was hired right away. They only told me things like, I wish we could have hired you directly, and you are a God sent. I never had any issues there. I had worked past my minimum requirement for the agency and was told by the company I was with that they would be hiring me on permanently.


Then I was called one day by the staffing agency and they told me that I was being released. The company I was at had already filled my position by hiring direct and not going through the agency.

This came as a surprise to me and my rep at the staffing agency. She told me at that time that she would keep me in mind and let me know if anything came up that was a fit for me. I applied for unemployment and was approved. I was told that when my card arrived it would have 2 weeks worth of payments on it but it only had 1. I called to find out why and I was told that it was on hold because they had received conflicting evidence that stated I walked out of my job.

Is there something I am missing here? I don't see how this could happen.


Chris's Response: I was approved for unemployment then it was put on hold



Well, what I think you're missing .. has a lot to do with why I still have strong feelings I developed both as an employee of the company I worked for servicing plenty of staffing agencies unemployment appeals, that ended up be compounded, when I ended up an employee of one of those temp staffing agencies doing the same job I'd been laid off from.

Amazing .. I still feel a little heat rising under my
collar about temp staffing agencies, all these years later.


I've written about unemployment and special voluntary quit provisions that affect a temp employee of a staffing agency .. in a special way .. in Kansas and other states.

Important to know .. because once you accept a temp job .. the staffing agency becomes exposed to being a chargeable employer for purposes of UI benefits and for most people if not a base period employer the staffing agency is usually the last, or most recent employment that now controls your rights to collect unemployment benefits moving forward with an existing claim when it's time to reopen.

Whereas my personal experience as a temp employee goes more into what you're not missing, but what the temp agency hopes you're missing .. how to prove they didn't tell the truth to the unemployment department.

1. I called to find out why and I was told that it was on hold because they had received conflicting evidence that stated I walked out of my job.

Is there something I am missing here? I don't see how this could happen."


Imagine this .. someone working for, or on behalf of the staffing agency, protested your benefits with something other than the truth .. because if they had, explained it was a temporary lack of work until they could find you a new assignment .. they wouldn't be able to steer clear of eventually being a chargeable employer .. if not already a base period employer.

As for why the company who was happy with you didn't hire you I would google for pros and cons of using a temp staffing agency as if you were a a small business owner .. or a manager.

I liked the third bullet point under cons to help explain what I think might of happened to that permanent job.

Negotiations for you becoming a permanent employee, likely broke down on someone's end.





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