Temp job from out of state agency
by Bill Getting Old
My old job (considering benefits and vacation) was about $50 per hour. I got the boot and a little severance after many years of service. No issues. I always go back to work quick. So I filed for UI and put the word out.
Lordy lordy. I didn't realize I had gotten old and those jobs that used to land in my lap no longer do. My resume gets me the interviews but my grey hair is an obstacle to the offers. They figure I am going to retire soon.
But my resume is really good and out of the blue I got a call from some guy in New York who just happened onto my resume and needed someone for an immediate temporary assignment at my same normal rate. It was in Dallas. You know I took it. But this guy is in New York. I asked about filling out paper work and he said not if the client didn't like my resume, could I send him a clean one. The client did like my resume, called me to interview, and I started the next day. And then the rush was on to get the paperwork filled out.
I filled out the job app and made some changes. It said if I didn't call for a new assignment they would consider me to have "quit". So I typed in and initialed that I was responding to an offer to do this one and only contract for $50 an hour. That's the only thing I was asked to do and that was the agreement. When it was over, the employment was over. I made it clear, signed it, sent in the I9 and the other things, printed the time sheet and headed to work the next day.
Now... in about a month this gig is done. I don't think my New York friends are going to have another $50 an hour contract but I am going to ask for one and document it. I have seen TWC documents to employers and those check boxes say "quit" or "fired" or "reduction in hours" but they don't say anything about employment contract expired.
Will I have a "quit" without cause issue or if they say, how about this $30 an hour job will I have a "Refusal of Suitable Work" issue if I don't accept it? What if it is in an unrelated field to my profession?