What constitutes an employer?
(San Diego, CA)
I have been filling out claim forms for a while and, if I had worked part time that week, have always listed my last employer as the company or person who paid me the money I was claiming for that period.
My benefits were stopped.
I contacted the office and they told me that the last employer I had reported was not my last employer. They informed me that the last person who paid me was not technically my employer if I didn't fill out a W-4. Is this correct? I thought you had to tell the Unemployment agency when you made money and who paid you. If you are supposed to only list the last employer for whom you filled out a W-4, then wouldn't you be reporting income incorrectly? If I say I made $200 the week of July 4th but my last "official W-4" employer stopped paying me in January, do I report the $200 as income attached to my last official W-4 employer from January and not report the actual company that paid me because I was on a W-9 (independent contractor form)? I hope you can answer my question.
Did they issue a determination to stop your benefits? Did they say anything about an interview to review the "issue".
I'm not quite sure what to tell you because you are the first person that has told me benefits were stopped for reporting earnings .. makes no sense as it would if you failed to report.
You need to call the EDD and ask them to clarify what an employer is and what wages you should be reporting.
For instance in some states they actually tell you that you must report any earnings .. even if the money was received for mowing your neighbors lawn or babysitting their kids for the afternoon.
Let me just make sure of one thing .. your contract work .. is it for a temp agency, or are you truly self-employed as an independent contractor? When you filed your claim did you assign the earnings to self employment?