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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I've been out of work for just over a year and still collecting. I have an interview tomorrow through a temp agency for an assisgnment that is scheduled to last about 6 months.

Do I tell the UI office that I am back to working full time and reapply after my assignment ends, or would that screw me over, b/c I heard if I were to reapply, the look back at what I was earning 14 months ago and they base it off of that, but since I wasn;t working, Im guessing I would be turned down??

Anyone been in such a situation and how was it handled? Did you go back to collecting afterward?

Thanks!!!
post #2 of 14
I don't know how you can not report the job to unemployment. Not sure how it will affect you once your assignment ends though.
post #3 of 14
i think if you pick up work and it doesn't pay out as much as the unemployment, the state makes up the difference. so if you were getting 500 a week and the job only pays 450, the state makes up the difference. not sure how it works if you begin working again though at better pay and have to come completely off, even for a temp job. i would atleast let them know though, the last thing you want to do is have them thinking you're milking the system.

i went into real estate as a career change and told them that i was working, but without pay until i sold something and was able to collect until i began making money. after the checks starting coming in, i stopped collecting, and notified the unemployment office. if things get rough, i could probably go back on as i did not use my second extension, i let it lapse after the first. the best thing to do with any questions, i've learned, is take the time to go talk to someone at the office so they know you're doing your best to be honest and keep them informed. it also protects you if they do raise an issue.

on another note, anybody need an agent in middlesex, monmouth or ocean let me know! times are not easy, sorry tim for the semi-commercial plug. good luck getting back to work jay.
post #4 of 14
Your social security number will tell all. It automatically goes to the state and your better off telling them up front or you will lose your benefits. Honesty is the best policy especially if your only working for 6 months. You will need those benefits back and why throw them away by not telling them everything.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by surfcaster34 View Post
Your social security number will tell all. It automatically goes to the state and your better off telling them up front or you will lose your benefits. Honesty is the best policy especially if your only working for 6 months. You will need those benefits back and why throw them away by not telling them everything.


my sentiments exactly. the state found out i was a realtor and even though i didn't get paid for the first 9 months in the business they knew i was working cause i was registered with a new employer. i was upfront with them and able to collect before i started earning. if you talk to the right people at the office they understand and make sure everything is taken care of. i would think by getting a temp they see you're making an effort to rejoin the work force and will be able to reinstate you after the job runs out
post #6 of 14
If you fill out a I-4(or whatever it is you fill out beginning a new job) you gotta tell them. They can even go back, and demand money back from you.

As to the possible position, I believe there is a way that you can temporarily close a claim, and pick-up that same claim. However, how much time do you have left on this claim? Generally, they only allow you one new claim per calander year. If you have say 6 weeks left on your claim, that claim will be over by the time this temp job is over, and you will open a new claim, which will look back on the last 12 months. However, what is neat to know, money made from un-employment, IS added to your yearly income when you re-apply. So lets say you make 10k in '11 from unemployment, and then 30k with the 6 months of temp work, your new claim will be based on a yearly income of $40k, weird, yes. So, I think that if your claim ends during your temp period, you're out of luck. If your temp job ends before your claim ends, then you should be able to continue the claim afterwards. How you do it, I am not sure.

If you can get an "off-the-books" job, you can do it without reporting, but it's not "right". There, that's my disclaimer.

As to the amount of money, that is also true. Let's say you are making 600 on unemployment, and the job only pays 450, they DO make up the difference, until your claim amount(total claim) or # of weeks is up.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the replies.

Just to clarify, I would be making more than what UI pays me per week, no difference to be made, and I would certainly tell them. That's what led to my quesiton of what happens once my 6 mos. are up. I spoke to the UI office in neptune and told them the situation and they said it would basically work out that even if I end up running out of the 99 weeks or what not, I still have a balance left on my current extension, and I will probably make enough during the assignment to be able to open another claim.

BTW, I got the call this morning that I got the assignment and start on Monday!!!
post #8 of 14
congrats!

with UI if you worked 6 months, OR made xxxxx dollars, you can claim, I think it's 5,000 or 10,000, which you should make in 6 months at pretty much any steady(ish) job. So more than likely you will open a new claim.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks Chief! Do you know by chance if that's written anywhere, just in case they backpedal?

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Originally Posted by Chief2 View Post
congrats!

with UI if you worked 6 months, OR made xxxxx dollars, you can claim, I think it's 5,000 or 10,000, which you should make in 6 months at pretty much any steady(ish) job. So more than likely you will open a new claim.
post #10 of 14
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/...edqualify.html

$7,300, OR 20 weeks

Your benefits are based on how much you made int he last 52 weeks.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
You are the man! Thanks again Chief!

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Originally Posted by Chief2 View Post
http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/...edqualify.html

$7,300, OR 20 weeks

Your benefits are based on how much you made int he last 52 weeks.
post #12 of 14
Jay Good luck with the new job I did a w2 job for 7 days while i was collecting I just reported the income and they stopped paying me .once i was done there i continued to get my claim checks.....
post #13 of 14
I've been out 14 months now(IBEW102), still no signs of work through the hall have been putting in apps and scabbing around to make ends meet. Fishing keeps me level headed and without stress....finding the fish is a different story. Good luck with that temp job, maybe it'll turn to something permanant.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jay in the Bay View Post
I've been out of work for just over a year and still collecting. I have an interview tomorrow through a temp agency for an assisgnment that is scheduled to last about 6 months.

Do I tell the UI office that I am back to working full time and reapply after my assignment ends, or would that screw me over, b/c I heard if I were to reapply, the look back at what I was earning 14 months ago and they base it off of that, but since I wasn;t working, Im guessing I would be turned down??

Anyone been in such a situation and how was it handled? Did you go back to collecting afterward?

Thanks!!!
I'm in the same boat except my temp job ends on April 21. Here is what I did. I was previously on unemployment. During my temp job I'm making more than I did on unemployment so I'm not entitled to partial. Every Monday I get online and file my weekly claim. I put that I'm working part time (which I am), put in my employers info, put in my hours worked and weekly income. Every week it says I get $0. But when I'm done my temp job I will begin receiving the previous weekly amount for my unemployment claim until it runs out or I find another job.
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