My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California.
I was laid off in May 2009 and have been collecting unemployment benefits since then while searching for a new job in my field. I just moved into the second extension.
I have had an opportunity arise that would entail doing independent contract work, part-time, ongoing, 5 hours a week. My expected earnings would be less than $50 a week.
I assume I am required by law to report those earnings on my weekly continued claim form, and I plan on doing so. From what I understand, my weekly benefit amount will be reduced by the amount earned.
Would taking on this small project in any way jeopardize my eligibility to continue collecting benefits (as I seek a full-time opportunity)? Or would it for any reason prevent me from qualifying for any future extensions? I have done some reading online and am getting conflicting information.